100-day countdown begins for World Scout Jamboree in southern W.Va.

The World Scout Jamboree is held every four years at various sites around the world.

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. — Celebrating the 100-day countdown to the 2019 World Scout Jamboree, international organizers and local leaders welcomed scouting leaders from more than 50 countries to the Summit Bechtel Reserve Thursday.

The World Scout Jamboree, which is the largest outdoor educational event organized by the Scout Movement, will be staffed by 9,000 volunteers at the 10,000-acre site from July 22 to Aug. 2.

“We are blessed with a world-class site that will be staffed by a world-class team and supported by the most hospitable community in the U.S.,” said co-chair Scott Sorrells. “The next 100 days will be a time of great activity and excitement as enthusiasm from Scouts around the world drives us to deliver an unprecedented event.”

Scouts Canada, Asociación de Scouts de México, and the Boy Scouts of America are co-hosting this year’s jamboree, which will include a variety of outdoor activities, including whitewater rafting, zip lining, rock climbing, skateboarding and mountain biking.

Day visitors will be able to purchase tickets to meet and interact with scouts on certain days, but will not be permitted to participate in recreational activities.

Several displays and exhibits depicting scouting around the world will be available for viewing.

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