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Local scouts looking forward to brand new Jamboree

The Boy Scouts of America’s national organization is gearing up for a historic moment as its annual Jamboree gathering moves to a new home, and five Logan County youths will get to share in that piece of history.

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Eric LaRoche, 14, and Griffin Mason, 14, both of Bellefontaine, and Nick Davis, 17, of West Liberty, who will make the trip to the 10-day outing that will take place for the first time in the New River Gorge area of West Virginia, met with the Examiner for an interview this week.

They will also be joined on the trip by Logan County Boy Scouts Collin Irick, 13, and Aaron Wisner, 15, also of Bellefontaine, Brad Tanner, 15, and his father Eric Tanner of West Liberty, and Spencer Wolf and Cole Reynolds of Lewistown. The Logan County contingent is among a total group of about 50 from the Tecumseh Council making the trip together.

“It’s really exciting that we’re among the first ones of thousands, maybe millions, that will be there,” Nick said.

“And we don’t have to deal with all the stuff from the past Jamborees — no more hand-me-downs,” Griffin said.

It’s also an exciting opportunity for the adults, Mr. Tanner said in a telephone interview.

“To be a part of the first group to go to the summit, I feel it a supreme privilege to be selected as a leader to take care of the scouts,” he said. “I never had an opportunity to go as a boy, but to be able to go with my son. The nostalgia and history buff part of me will probably be a little overwhelmed with the magnitude of it all.”

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A watercraft travels under the New River Gorge Bridge in this New River Gorge Convention and Visitors Bureau photo. The land called the Summit Bechtel Reserve adjacent to the New River National Park is the new home to the Boy Scouts of America’s annual Jamboree and several local youths will be there to celebrate the event. (PHOTO | NEW RIVER GORGE CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU)

The event, which takes place July 15 to 24, is at the new home, which is called the Summit Bechtel Reserve, said Jim Mason, Tecumseh Council’s executive for Logan and Champaign counties. It was previously at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., but a partnership with the West Virginia state government helped the organization make the decision to move.

“We found a property that has 10,600 acres and it happens to be by the New River Gorge National River, which is more than 70,000 acres,” Mr. Mason said. “The state of West Virginia partnered with the Boy Scouts to make it happen and it is a great partnership for both of us.”

This year’s event features a wide variety of extreme type outdoors adventures, which include mountain biking trails, aquatic pools, zip line adventures, a skateboarding park, BMX courses, rock climbing walls and shooting and archery ranges.

“All the high adventure that will be available to the scouts is amazing,” Mr. Tanner said. “There are tremendous opportunities as far as zip lines, archery and BMX. There are so many things scouts might not get the opportunity to do except for there at the Summit.”

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