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DID YOU KNOW?
See the Future of High Adventure
CALL IT THE FLIP side of seeking the perfect location Bechtels ling, mountain biking, hiking,
success. for another high-adventure have a strong and other outdoor sports.
Scouting’s three base that would offer a Scouting After obtaining the neces-
high-adventure camps— new range of activities. And tradition. sary permits, the BSA will
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Philmont Scout Ranch, after spending 18 months Stephen D.
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start construction in spring
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Northern Tier National considering 80 propos- Bechtel Jr.
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High Adventure Program, als from 28 states, they became an
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and Florida National High have found just the spot on Eagle Scout
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of 2013.
Stephen D. Bechtel Jr.
Adventure Sea Base— more than 10,600 acres of in 1940, The new site also will be
offer thrilling outdoor rugged beauty in the New and has been awarded the the permanent home for the
activities and valuable River Gorge area of Fayette Silver Buffalo Award and the National Scout Jamboree.
training to more than County, W.Va. Distinguished Eagle Scout The BSA envisions a few
50,000 young people The new adventure base, Award. His uncle, Kenneth buildings on the property,
annually. which will be called The Bechtel, served as national but the aim is to make a
But the camps are Summit: Bechtel Family president of the Boy Scouts minimal footprint on the
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National Scout Reserve, is from 1956-1959. area so “the great outdoors
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20,000 Scouts are wait- made possible in part by a The West Virginia camp, can speak to our kids,”
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$50 million contribution to located in the Glen Jean- says Jack D. Furst, project
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to attend. That’s why the project from the Stephen Mount Hope area, will offer chairman and a member
Rappelling will thrill Scouts at The Summit:
BSA leaders have been D. Bechtel Jr. family. The whitewater rafting, rappel- of the BSA national board.
Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.
“We have a high-adventure
dream that we’re pursuing in
West Virginia.”
State and Fayette County
officials also say they’re
pumped up about the
coming partnership with
BSA, which could create as
many as 80 full-time jobs.
Chief Scout Executive
Bob Mazzuca says: “Thanks
to the generosity of the
Stephen D. Bechtel Jr.
Foundation, the develop-
ment of The Summit:
Bechtel Family National
Scout Reserve will be a
source of fun, adventure,
and discovery for hundreds
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of thousands of Scouts and
opportunities not found at the other
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high-adventure bases, such as rafting

leaders for generations to
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down the New River Gorge canyon.
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