On July 15, nearly 40,000 Boy Scouts and unit leaders from across the country will embark on a 10-day outdoor adventure at The Summit Bechtel Family Reserve in West Virginia — the new permanent home of the National Scout Jamboree. American Legion National Commander James E. Koutz will be on site the first day to help eight other Legionnaires pass out the Legion’s 2013 National Scout Jamboree badge, as well as Legion youth program and flag brochures. American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year and Square Knot scholarship applications also will be available.
The Summit Bechtel Reserve, better known as "The Summit," is a former coal mining site located between Beckley and Glen Jean, W. Va., and is one of four facilities managed by the National Council of Boy Scouts of America. The Scouts will explore The Summit’s 10,600 acres by participating in an array of activities such as shooting sports, archery, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking and aquatics. Additionally, each Scout unit will participate in a service project held within a southern West Virginia community.