Thursday, November 10, 2011

New! 2013 Jamboree Banner

The Pony Express Council will be hanging a new banner at the council office within the next couple of days! As scouts sign up and begin payment of the $2500 fee, their name will be added to the list. The council already has several names to add to the list and spots are beginning to fill up fast. If you are interested in getting your name on this list, contact the council office at (816) 233-1351 today! You can also go online to: to find out more on how to register for the upcoming Jamboree!

Jamboree Q & A - With Russell Smart

Russell Smart is the volunteer team leader for all program activities at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, and does invaluable work in getting the entire event off the ground. It seriously could not happen if it weren't for him.That's all to say that he really, really knows what he's talking about when it comes to the Jambo.  :-)

Scroll on down to check out the first in a long Q and A series about what's new for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree.

Question 1: (Facebook Link)

Question: What will be the biggest difference between the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit and the one in 2010 at FAPH?

Answer: Wow. That’s a tough one because there are a lot of differences.  The BSA had eight jamborees at FAPH between 1981 and 2010 and there were huge differences in each one of those.

Biggest change? Our own site with all brand new facilities, each one the best available.  How’s that for a start?  But let me just mention a couple of things specific to the Jamboree.  The program will be much more intense at the Summit than was possible at FAPH.  We will have massive zip lines, challenging BMX tracks, incredible mountain biking trails, multiple shooting venues, and even whitewater rafting.

We had some of these activities at FAPH but NOTHING like they will be at the Summit.  And all youth participants will get the chance to spend an extended amount of time doing activities at two of these areas that they get to choose in advance.  We call that the “curriculum” program model.  Let me suggest that you check out the Summit website for much more information on the Summit Jamboree design.

There's more Jambo info on the blog at and registration info at

Question 2: (Facebook Link)

Question: How does the size of the jamboree site at the Summit compare to FAPH?

Answer: At FAPH, walking from one end of the jamboree area to the opposite end was a 4-5 hour hike. And that was if you walked pretty fast.  For some of our units at FAPH, just walking to the Arena took 3 hours or more.

At the Summit, the most distance campsite is only about 1.25 miles from the Arena.  And the distance from any campsite to the furthest program area is less than 3 miles.  At the 2013 Jamboree, doing programs is how we want to spend most of our time – and we will.

Not that we mind hiking, ‘cause we’re Scouts, right? :-)  Plus all of our participants will get the chance to hike some of the awesome trails at the Summit when they do the Jamboree Trek (but that’s something we can talk more about later).

P.S.  For those of you who want a more mathematical answer, the Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR) is over 10,000 acres, but we will only use about 1,000 of those acres for the Jamboree.  As the proverbial crow flies, SBR is about 3 miles across one way and about 3-1/2 miles across the other way.  Topographically speaking, the difference between the lowest and highest elevations at SBR is about 1000 vertical feet.  But the elevation from the lake to the top of the highest camping area in the jamboree site is only about 200 vertical feet.

Question 3: (Facebook Link)

Q: Russell, who's creating all of the high adventure program facilities at the Summit?

A:  “World Class” is the term that best describes the guys who are working hard to get the Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR) ready for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. The Summit leadership did extensive research and interviews before selecting the “best of the best” to design and build each part of our high adventure program areas.

Bonsai Designs, El Dorado Walls, Spohn Ranch, Gravity Logic, Action Parks and The Shooting Academy were chosen and working with each of them has been a fantastic experience.  They all tell us that when SBR is complete we will have the most complete, most comprehensive high adventure facility in the entire world!  And speaking of the entire world, that’s who’s coming to visit in 2019 when the BSA partners with the Scouts of Canada and Mexico to host the 24th World Scout Jamboree at the Summit.

Stay tuned.

Question 4: (Facebook Link)

Q: For Jambo visitors (people not actually registered  for the Jamboree, but want to check it out), what kind of stuff will be at the Summit?

A: Much more than was ever available at FAPH.  As always, we will have a large variety of exhibits & displays and lots of entertainment and demonstrations for everyone to see and do – we’ll talk more about those in a later post.  These will be in what we call the “Summit Center” which is about 100 acres in the heart of the jamboree footprint adjacent to Goodrich Lake (BTW, that’s the main water feature at the Summit where we will do most of the aquatics program activities).

In the Summit Center itself, there will be some great high adventure program areas which will be available to both participants AND visitors.  These include zip lines, canopy tours, BMX tracks, skateboard parks, mountain biking trails, shooting venues, and climbing walls.  These facilities will not be as extensive as those out in the high adventure basecamps only open to participants, but no doubt about it … they will still be AWESOME!

Keep checking back on the Summit Blog for much more information about the visitor experience planned for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree.

Source: The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve Facebook Notes Page

Monday, October 31, 2011

Jamboree Committee Meeting - November 1st, 2011

2013 National Scout Jamboree Committee Meeting
Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
Camp Geiger - Herzog Lodge
7:00 PM


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Build The Summit

The Summit Bechtel Family Scout Reserve is Scouting's newest high adventure camp. And we need your help to get it ready for opening day and the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. From zip lines to mountain bikes and from incredible facilities to intense outdoor activities, the Summit is a true adventure center for the millions of youth and adults involved in the Boy Scouts of America. Donate to the Summit, and help set the stage for the next century of Scouting.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Jamboree Committee Meeting - October 4th, 2011

2013 National Scout Jamboree Committee Meeting
Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
Camp Geiger - Herzog Lodge
7:00 PM 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

You Shaped The Summit Winner Visits West Virginia

We asked you to help “Shape the Summit.” Thousands responded. One earned a trip to the New River Gorge (NRG) and ACE Adventure Resort.

This summer, the winner of our “You Shape the Summit” contest, Jordan from New York, made his way to the home of the Summit Bechtel Reserve for some high-adventure fun.

The You Shaped The Summit winners on scene at ACE Lake. (Photo from Summit Blog staff)
Jordan, his two best friends and his father, were given the opportunity to experience the best of the NRG, with whitewater rafting, zip lining and a mountain bike tour.

“The weekend was awesome,” Jordan recalls, “Zip lining was great and we had a really good time whitewater rafting. I got tossed out, but it was so much fun!

“We also got to go mountain biking,” Jordan adds. “The ACE Lake was cool too. We got to zip line and go down a slide into the water. Overall, it was just a really great weekend. I’m excited for the Summit!”

Now it’s your turn to visit!

Source: Summit Blog - Shape The Summit