BECKLEY, W.Va. — U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller says Boy Scouts understand the importance of community service.
As part of his “Summer of Service” tour of West Virginia, Rockefeller sat down with a group of Boy Scouts and troop leaders from across the state in Beckley on Friday.
He was highlighting the public service projects the Scouts will be part of during next week’s National Boy Scout Jamboree.
“I want to thank all of you here today who helped make this Jamboree possible, including many of our businesses, first responders and so many other community volunteers who have been preparing for, and anticipating, this very special event,” the Senator said.
“It is because of your enthusiasm and dedication to the Boy Scouts that the Jamboree became a reality in West Virginia.”
Through the Reaching the Summit Community Service Initiative, coordinated through the West Virginia Citizens Conservation Corps, upwards of 6,000 Boy Scouts will be engaged in more than 350 projects in nine West Virginia counties.
It will be the largest community service effort of its kind in the country and a first for the Jamboree.
The National Boy Scout Jamboree runs from July 16-July 24 at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean.