A Scout promises to help other people at all time. A Scout is friendly. A Scout is courteous. A Scout is helpful. At the 2017 National Jamboree, Scouts are doing their very best to fulfill these values. With approximately 40,000 Jamboree attendees flooding the grounds of the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, there are a lot of helping hands available. Scouts attending Jamboree are using their time in West Virginia not only for fun but also to give service to the surrounding communities of West Virginia.
The Jamboree experience includes many exciting activities, but most noteworthy are the 200+ service projects that Scouts will participate in. 45 of West Virginia’s 55 counties will benefit from these projects.
The Boy Scouts of America partnered with the Citizens Conservation Corps (CCC) and the Day of Service team. They are identifying service projects that could provide benefits to the communities. For the past 18 months, the CCC has been working with community leaders and citizens throughout the state. They have highlighted the importance of volunteerism and ensured that everyone interested in submitting a project for the Boy Scouts has had an opportunity to do so.
While Scouts traveled to and through the state on their way to the Summit, many received opportunities to complete service projects on their way. These projects ranged from restoring and preserving historical sites and flood remediation to creating art murals and installing a butterfly garden.
A Tremendous Impact
“Our efforts had a tremendous impact in 2013. The response to this statewide opportunity in 2017 has been incredible,” said Robert A. Martin, CEO of CCC in an article published by The Register-Herald.
Jennifer Douglas, Chief Operating Officer of CCC, said they cannot wait to finally welcome the Scouts with open arms. “We’re excited for their interest in the community service projects, and we can’t wait to show them West Virginia, and what is so unique about our state,” she said. Douglas pointed out how amazing it is that this project as a whole is so massive, and yet so successful. “So many buses will be leaving the Summit every day to put so much work into the state,” Douglas said.
In 2013, this initiative was the largest community service project of its kind in U.S. history. So, in 2017 we hope to build upon that success by serving almost all of the counties in West Virginia.
Scouts at Jamboree are ready to live the Scout oath and law. They will make this possible with their kind demeanor and helpful hearts.