Saturday, April 23, 2011

Shape the Summit Survey Now Closed


The survey period is closed, but the work is just starting. For The Summit, the largest project in the history of the BSA, we wanted a new direction. Something different. Something big. And we knew that it wasn’t going to happen without the direct input of Scouts.

That’s why we started Shape The Summit. We asked for your input, and we got it. Now, we’re taking the information and ideas that you gave us and applying it at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. And it’s going to be amazing.

Scouts were asked to fill in a short questionnaire and let us know their ideas on everything from adventure sports programs to environmental concerns. Around much of that information, we’ll be creating a new home for the jamboree. And a home for Venturing. And a new high adventure base. And more.


For those that participated in the survey, we’re giving away a trip for four to the home of The Summit, West Virginia’s New River Gorge. Lodging is included. So is adventure. The winner is going to be announced the week of April 25.

Our winner and three guests will get to sample Summit-style adventure first-hand. The New River Gorge is known around the world for its outdoor activities, and it’s soon to be known as the home of The Summit. Think of this as a preview.

But the one who takes the trip isn’t the only winner here. We’re also sending Summit T-shirts, hats, and water bottles for the winner’s whole troop.


Every answer, suggestion, and idea in the Shape The Summit survey is being passed along to the Summit’s management and design teams. They’ll use them to create the most innovative adventure camp in the world, what will be come The Summit Bechtel Reserve.

And we’ll show you. “You Shaped The Summit,” a coming series of videos, blog posts, and photo streams, will show how the ideas that you submitted are being put into practice out at the Summit. We’ll explain where the ideas came from, how our team developed them, and what it will look like at the Summit’s grand opening at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree.

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