UPDATE: 3 Doors Down to Perform at Scouts Jamboree

By: Anna Baxter, Jennifer Rizzi, The Associated Press Email
By: Anna Baxter, Jennifer Rizzi, The Associated Press Email
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UPDATE 7/19/13 @ 11:30 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A spokesman for the Boy Scouts of America says 3 Doors Down will be the headline act at the Scouts' National Jamboree concert this weekend.

Deron Smith says that the group will perform Saturday night at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in southern West Virginia.

The band replaces other acts that previously dropped out.

In March, Carly Rae Jepsen and Train canceled planned appearances at the Jamboree over the BSA's exclusion of gays. Months of divisive debate led to a vote by the BSA's National Council in May to allow gay boys to participate in Scouting while keeping a ban on gay adults. The policy change is effective next January.

The band's hits include "Kryptonite," ''When I'm Gone" and "Here Without You."

This concert is expected to cause some traffic delays along the West Virginia Turnpike, US 19 and WV 16 between 5 p.m. and midnight Saturday.

To get up to the minute traffic information, click on the link below.

UPDATE 7/17/13 @ 10:40 a.m.
MOUNT HOPE, W.Va. (AP) -- Boy Scouts are celebrating West Virginia Day at the National Scout Jamboree.

On Wednesday the Scouts will recognize some individuals, families and groups who played key roles in development of the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.

Among the scheduled activities are afternoon ribbon cutting and bronze unveiling ceremonies.

Some 30,000 Scouts and their leaders are attending the 10-day Jamboree at the Summit in southern West Virginia.

UPDATE 7/17/13 @ 6 a.m.
FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- With 40,000 campers, the weather at the 2013 Boy Scout Jamboree at the Summit is a big factor. WSAZ.com spoke with staff members who were there last week, and they told us they're just glad it stopped raining. However, the heat is another concern.

Jamboree is emphasizing staying hydrated. There are hydration stations all around the camp where campers, staff and visitors can fill up their water bottles.

The Scouts are also pushing sustainability and want campers to use those reusable bottles so they're not generating a lot of waste.

“There are, for those who do bring plastic, there are recycle bins all around Jamboree,” John Rehm said.

At the Summit, it's actually a little cooler than one would imagine. In fact, camp organizers say it's about twelve degrees on average cooler than the last site that the Scouts used for Jamboree.

UPDATE 7/16/13 @ 12 p.m.
FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- After months of preparations, the 2013 National Boy Scout Jamboree has officially kicked off in southern West Virginia.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin welcomed the boy scouts, leaders and families to the Summit Bechtel Family Jamboree in Fayette County during Tuesday's opening ceremony.

"My staff and I have had the pleasure of working with many Boy Scout leaders, volunteers, and sponsors to help make your visit the best it can be. I saw the same vision as we stood at the overlook during construction. And to be here, with you today, to begin the adventure brings me great joy," Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said. "Together we've created a one-of-a-kind outdoor space for you to explore and advance your scouting skills and learn some valuable lessons in areas like science, technology, and math-all while having the time of your life."

Nearly 40,000 boy scouts, leaders and volunteers will attend the Jamboree, along with an estimated 50,000 visitors. This year marks the first time that girls, from the Venturing program will be part of the Jamboree.

During the nine day event, the boy scouts will take part in a variety of activities.

"From fishing to kayaking, mountain biking, and sport shooting, something wild and wonderful lies along every trail. The Summit is home to the world's largest man-made, outdoor rock climbing facility and the world's longest zip lines and canopy tours. The Summit is simply one-of-a-kind," Governor Tomblin said.

The boy scouts will also participate in more than 350 community projects across West Virginia.

The Jamboree has been held for nearly three decades at the Fort AP Hill in Virginia. This is the first year for the event to be held in West Virginia.

The Jamboree continues through July 24.

We have a crew in Fayette County. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.

UPDATE 7/16/13 @ 11:30 a.m.
MOUNT HOPE, W.Va. (AP) -- It wasn't difficult to find troopers willing to provide security and traffic control during the Boy Scouts of America's national jamboree.

West Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. Jay Smithers says many troopers volunteered to work during the jamboree. A lot of them are former scouts.

Smithers says he expects to have 60 troopers at the jamboree being held at the Summit Bechtel Family Scout Reserve in Fayette County. On days when additional security is needed, another 25 troopers could be added to the ranks.

Some troopers likely will work in plainclothes as needed to provide security.

UPDATE 7/15/13 @ 8:50 a.m.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WSAZ & AP) -- The 2013 National Boy Scout Jamboree is drawing thousands to Fayette County this week.

An estimated 40,000 boy scouts, leaders and volunteers are expected to arrive on Monday at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.

The Department of Transportation is warning drivers of possible congestion along the West Virginia Turnpike, US 19 and WV 16.

Hundreds of buses are expected to arrive on Monday between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. As of 9 a.m. Monday, there are no major traffic delays to report.

“Keeping the public moving safely is our goal, and we’ve taken every measure to assure that for visitors to the Jamboree and for our locals,” says Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox. “Being prepared is the key and the state’s 511 Traveler Information System is the perfect tool to keep travelers in the know before they go.”

The West Virginia State Police will have an increase patrol in the area.

“We’re asking motorists to use common sense and show common courtesy when traveling the roadways near the Boy Scout Jamboree,” says Colonel Jay Smithers. “Please recognize that many people will be traveling through areas of our state for the first time, and will not be familiar with the traffic pattern.”

A new economic-impact report says construction of a permanent home for the national Boy Scout Jamboree has pumped nearly $170 million in income into southern West Virginia over four years.

The report by SYNEVA Economics of Asheville, N.C., says $121 million went directly into the community. Another $48 million was an indirect result of construction spending.

It also says the Summit Bechtel Reserve near Oak Hill has supported an average of 848 jobs between 2010 and 2013, mostly in construction.

That helped boost employment in the utility, restaurant and health care industries.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says the economic payoff isn't over. He anticipates expansions for the 2019 world jamboree.

The Jamboree runs through July 24.

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FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Crews in Fayette County spent Saturday gearing up for the heavy influx of visitors expected for the Boy Scout Jamboree.

About 40,00 people are expected to arrive in Piney View starting Monday for the ten-day event.

Most of them will be driving through Glen Jean, where Thomas Danley lives.

"I don't really expect anybody to go anywhere," he said. "I'd say just about everything will be shut down."

State Police say they're working overtime to patrol the roads and keep traffic under control.

They say if you travel Route 19 regularly, you'll want to re-think your routine.

"Avoid the area if you can," Trooper Cavin Mollahan said. "We're going to be out here in full force to make sure that everyone obeys the laws and maintains their composure."

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