Friday, Jul 26, 2013
The National Scout Jamboree incident, which took place at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve adjacent to New River Gorge National River in West Virginia, is wrapping its operations this week.
The NPS welcomed a combined 16,369 scouts and visitors through three tent operations at the Summit. Service projects, including trail building and improving accessibility, involved 2,115 scouts over five days. The combined volunteer hours that scouts contributed totaled 8,460 hours and were equivalent to $148,642 in salaries.
As part of the BSA and NPS partnership, numerous scouts participated in recreational activities within the park. Park staff and commercial outfitters coordinated efforts to safely guide 12,032 scouts on rafting excursions on the New River and an additional 354 scouts on rock climbing experiences. Roving staff contacted 1,622 scouts on trails and service projects, providing resource knowledge and safety reminders. The four visitor centers – Canyon Rim, Thurmond, Grandview and Sandstone – served a total of 30,602 visitors during the ten day incident.
The Type 3 IMT (Jeff West, IC) managed successful and safe operations that involved a total of 228 NPS staff, volunteers and partners. Event operations and service projects were cautiously conducted under severe heat advisories. Daily operations were directed utilizing operational leadership guidelines. Overall, scouts received minor first aid for a cut and three insect stings.
Delegation of authority reverted to the New River Gorge park superintendent on Thursday.