The Summit Bechtel Reserve, a world class, sustainable, Jamboree site, will be the site of the 2019 World Scout Jamboree. The Summit Bechtel Reserve is located in West Virginia, USA, and is comprised of more than 14,000 acres of beautiful forested mountains adjacent to more than 70,000 acres of national park in the scenic New River Gorge area of West Virginia.
The program will capture the four core values of The Summit Bechtel Reserve: adventure, service, sustainability, and leadership. The foundations of Scouting are as much a part of SBR as the zip lines, mountain bike trails, and BMX ramps.
The Summit Bechtel Reserve is one of the most environmentally sustainable human habitats ever built for Scouts. The Sustainability Treehouse is a living education center for Scouts, not only providing information, but also immersing Scouts in the concept of sustainability. Between the local timber used to build the structure, the rainwater recovery system, or the wind- and solar-generated energy, the Sustainability Treehouse is not just a museum. Standing 126 feet tall and featuring 4,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, the Treehouse, along with the McAllister Family Sustainability Challenge Trail and other exhibits, will serve as the centerpiece of Scouting’s commitment to leave the world a better place. Sustainable practices will be evident everywhere you look, as they are at the core of SBR’s infrastructure, and sustainability will be a core part of the 2019 World Scout Jamboree program.
For the first time at a world Scout jamboree, participants can experience “wild and wonderful” adventures such as whitewater rafting, rock climbing, and mountain biking. Adventure Valley offers world-class climbing, mountain biking, and zip lining. The Rocks, one of the largest man-made climbing facilities in the world, and The Ropes, balance beams, cargo nets, and other challenges, are guaranteed to raise your pulse.
SBR’s zip lines cover 5.45 miles and rank as one of the top sites in the world. The Low Gear and High Gear mountain bike courses provide more than 36 miles of cross country and downhill mountain bike trails. Add The Park, one of the largest outdoor skateboard facilities in the world, and The Trax, one of the largest BMX facilities, designed and constructed by the designer for ESPN’s X Games, and you start to get an idea of how unique this jamboree will be.