Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 8, 2013

NPS expects thousands of scouts at New River park


Associated Press

GLEN JEAN —  The National Park Service is expecting thousands of Boy Scouts to visit New River Gorge National River during the upcoming national jamboree.

The park is adjacent to the Summit Bechtel Family Reserve in Fayette County where the 2013 jamboree will be held. The jamboree is set for July 15-24.

The park service says about 2,500 scouts are expected to raft the New River on each of five days during the jamboree. Scouts also are scheduled to participate in daily rock climbing excursions.

Park service river ranger Kathy Zerkle says the jamboree is an opportunity to showcase the New River to young people.