Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 19, 2013

Boy Scout Jamboree to include girls


Registration is still open, so officials do not have a final number of attendees. They expect about 30,000 Scout and Venturing participants and 8,000 staff and adult leaders. During the course of the Jamboree, officials are projecting more than 50,000 visitors will attend.

"For the female Venturers, I think it is a tremendous step for them to finally be allowed to come to the Jamboree as participants," national Venturing President Dustin Readenour wrote on the Summit blog.

"Many of the females are beyond excited for the opportunity to be a participant at the 2013 Jamboree. They understand that this first jamboree at the Summit - the now permanent site of the national jamboree - will be one to never forget, and with that, they are jumping at every opportunity to attend the national jamboree."

Scout officials had to consider accommodation of girls when constructing the new home to the Jamboree.

"As the Summit begins to grow, the BSA is making sure each of its members in the Scouting and Venturing world feels welcome to attend. To do this, the site is being constructed so every participant's privacy is respected, including different sleeping quarters and bathhouses that are located in separate areas," Pritchard said.

All activities featured at the Summit will be open to all Venturers. As The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve touts high-adventure activities like zip lining, mountain biking and skateboarding, the Venturers seem to have found a niche, as the program used to be part of the Exploring Division before coming into its own in 1998.

"One of the key focuses behind the Venturing program is high adventure, and with the addition of the Summit - the home of high adventure - this is a perfect breeding ground for the foundations of Venturing," Readenour wrote on the blog.

"That being said, I think that Venturers at the jamboree will add a dynamic that will never be forgotten."

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