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Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve
The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, often shortened as Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR) and The Summit, located in Mount Hope, West Virginia, near Beckley, is one of four facilities managed by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The Summit is the home of the national Scout jamboree, The Summit High Adventure Base, and the National Center for Scouting Excellence. It is 10,600 acres (43 km2) in size. The facility hosted the 2013 National Scout Jamboree.
The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve will become a National Center for Scouting Excellence, which will have four divisions of activity: the National Scout Jamboree, a High Adventure Base, a National Scout Summer Camp, and a future Center for Leadership and Excellence. There are five subcamps, staff and centralized services area, an Order of the Arrow area, a large outdoor arena, mountain bike and cross country mountain bike areas, and a challenge course. Construction and operation of The Summit is in firm line with the BSA's Leave No Trace program.
The Summit property was once the site of extensive coal mining, an industry for which the state of West Virginia is known. The remnants of long abandoned surface mines within the property have created wide flat areas that tier the terrain into a series of benches, effectively pre-grading and excavating the property, and allowing for many of the roads and infrastructure sites on the property to begin construction without extensive earth moving.
Sections of the property contain large flat areas engineered to accommodate regional camp headquarters and sub-camps. The sub-camp farthest from The Summit’s core area is 1.3 miles (2.1 km), with an elevation gain of no more than 300 feet (91 m). Pedestrian pathways reduce walking times from regional camps to the core activity center to 12–15 minutes.
A permanent arena on the far side of the valley seats 6000 to 8000 people, built as a natural extension to the property’s lower bowl amphitheater section, for a total arena area large enough for 80,000 people during the national Scout jamboree.
A lake at the center of the site’s infrastructure separates regional camps from the arena, action areas, transportation depot, and other traditional core areas.
Consol Energy Wing Tip Footbridge at the Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve
A valley on the Summit property is crossed by a triple-walkway pedestrian suspension bridge sponsored by CONSOL Energy. The bridge is just shy of 800 feet (240 m) in length, and was made possible by the $15 million donation of CONSOL. The bridge connects the western and eastern portions of the core areas of the property.
High Adventure Areas constructed on the property include: The Park (Skateboarding), The Trax (BMX), The Pools (Scuba & Swimming), The Cloud (Popular Science & Robotics), The Bows (Archery Sports), The Barrels (Shooting Sports), The Ropes (Challenge Courses in the trees), The Rocks (Climbing Walls), The Zip (Zipline), Low & High Gear (Mountain Bike headquarter locations connecting over 30 miles of downhill and cross country mountain bike trails), The Canopy (Canopy Tours), as well as 'sampler' activities available within The Scott Summit Center.
The Summit property also contains the Thomas S. Monson Leadership Excellence Complex, a state-of-the-art facility training facility.
Main Summit Website: click here