The Summit – Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve

Announced this year and reviewed at the closing arena show, The Summit – Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve is a tremendous gift that will fulfill many functions including:

  • The future home of jamborees
  • A unique High Adventure base for the East coast
  • A national leadership training center and more

In a previous post (Why feet get tired at jamborees), I compared Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom with some of our council properties alongside Fort AP Hill, site of the 2010 jamboree.  I selected  the Magic Kingdom as a reference to help understand the places that produce tired feet and compare it to Jamboree and  council properties.

How big is the Bechtel family donation? Let’s compare the above map set to the proper scale to the new site. (click to enlarge)

It’s big alright.  Philmont is bigger but this property is large enough to house a jamboree, a high adventure base and a national training center with room to spare. Here’s the plan for the layout of the 2013 Jamboree site at the north end of the reserve. (click to enlarge)

Here’s this 2013 map plan overlaid upon the property.  It fits with lots of room elsewhere.

So what about your feet?  That was the important question. “Will my feet feel better at the 2013 jamboree?”  To answer that question, let’s compare the 2010 and 2013 property maps side by side to scale.

Good news, future Jamborees will be more compact.  The subcamps, scout village, action centers and merit badge midway will be closer.  The trek to the arena show will end up shorter.  The encampment may feel more impressive because you will be able to survey more of the jamboree in one view from certain vantage points.

I think your feet will like it.

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5 Responses to The Summit – Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve

  1. Thomas says:

    What a great post. I’ve been searching for practical news. Your analysis I think hits the mark with a problem with AP Hill for 29 years – Everything is s p r e a d out.

  2. Doug, this is a great article. I’d encourage everyone to take a look at it and you’ll get a better idea of The Summit’s area as well as the 2013 Jamboree footprint. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Carlos says:

    Thank you very much for the detailed site info. It is extremely helpful.

  4. Doug Newsom says:

    Great information! I would like to feature this blog on the http://www.NationalJambo.Org site. Would it be possible to reproduce your blog in our featured blog section with a link back to your site as the original source? Thanks for your consideration – Doug Newsom

  5. Thanks for putting this together. We used it for our contingent leaders meeting. It was very useful and helpful. Greetings from Asheville, NC!

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