Girl Scouts to descend on Summit Bechtel Reserve in July

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Girl Scouts will take over the home of the National Scout Jamboree this July.

The Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council is hosting “Jamboree at the Summit” on July 22 – 26 at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in Fayette County, one of four high-adventure bases the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America manages nationwide.

The event is open to groups of Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors in grades 4-12 from West Virginia and across the U.S. Girls who are not yet Scouts can also pay a $15 fee to join the organization and attend the Jamboree.

“We have 14 different high adventure activities for girls to participate in while they are there and we’re just so excited to be able to do this event at a world-class facility right here in West Virginia,” said Beth Casey, CEO of Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council.

The Council is made up of Scouts in 61 counties in West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio and Maryland.

This year is the first year for “Jamboree at the Summit” which will include ziplining, rock climbing, rappelling, mountain biking, skateboarding, kayaking and more. Participating Girl Scouts will earn four badges.

“We’re hoping to grow in future years,” Casey said on Monday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

Of the site, “I have been so impressed every time I’ve been there, just the quality of the facilities and how beautiful it is and the support staff there have been really great also,” said Casey who participated in “Girl Scout Day” at The Summit last August.

The cost to attend this year’s “Jamboree at the Summit” is $300 per girl.

More information about the event is available by calling Suzanne Goralczyk or Kathy Storage at 304-345-7722 or by clicking here.

Looking ahead, the 2017 National Scout Jamboree will be the second one held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.

The Summit will host the World Scout Jamboree in 2019, the first time the event will be held in the U.S. in more than 50 years. This year’s World Scout Jamboree is scheduled for July 28 – Aug. 8 in Yamaguchi, Japan.

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