BRADLEY, W.Va. -- Standing outside Spider's Cycle City, Todd Kelly and Spider Weber have a lot to talk about. They're both businessmen and former Boy Scouts, and they're both looking forward to the first National Scout Jamboree to be held in West Virginia, July 15-24.
The Jamboree will attract Scouts from across the nation to The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, a 10,000-acre adventure world, stretching across Fayette and Raleigh counties.
Shops and restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions are in line to benefit from the influx of Scouts and their families, but if you drill down deeper, there are even more ways that the Jamboree can affect the economy.
Take Kelly and Weber, for instance. Kelly deals in Boy Scout memorabilia. Weber has become a licensed dealer of Boy Scout merchandise.
In the back of Kelly's jam-packed SUV, which he drives cross-country collecting and selling Scout memorabilia, he finds a Boy's Life magazine featuring the 1950 Jamboree -- the only one Weber ever attended.
Inside the magazine, black-and-white pictures capture a very different Jamboree, with activities such as knot-tying and first-aid challenges and basic sports like canoeing and archery.
Meanwhile, The Summit offers the world's largest man-made outdoor climbing area, the world's second-largest outdoor skate park and the world's second-largest BMX facility, among many other world-class attractions.
"I've been to Disney World, two World Fairs and I've never seen anything that impresses me like the 10,000 acres the Boy Scouts have developed," Weber said.
The event is expected to attract about 30,000 Scouts and Venturing participants and 8,000 staff and adult leaders. Since construction of The Summit began in 2010, on-site contractors have employed 952 people, 78 percent of whom are from West Virginia. Workers from Fayette, Raleigh and Nicholas counties account for more than 30 percent of in-state workers, according to the BSA.
Additionally, BSA purchased more than $16 million in materials in West Virginia, with more than $9 million spent in Fayette, Raleigh and Nicholas counties.
When Weber found out the Boy Scouts would be his new neighbor and host to the National Jamboree, he wanted to be involved.
"As an old Boy Scout and West Virginia businessman and local citizen here, I want to make the Boy Scout thing work and maybe make a few bucks selling T-shirts," Weber said.
Weber's store already designed and printed shirts in-house, so he thought "why not try and sell official Boy Scout apparel for the Jamboree?"
After several months of negotiations with the Boy Scouts, Spider's Cycle City, which specializes in motorcycle apparel, became an official licensed BSA retailer and has partnered with Belk's in the Crossroads Mall and local Little General stores to carry the merchandise.
Store customers can find various T-shirts, hats and drink holders displaying the official Boy Scouts Jamboree logo.
"The people that are buying it are tourists passing through that were once a Boy Scout who are saying, 'I can't get back to the Jamboree, but I'm going to buy a shirt while I'm here,'" he said.
"If we pay for all of our product and our overhead, I would be very happy because I want to say I was a part of it."
In addition to Weber's Spider Promotions, regional businesses Mountain Boys Coffee, Corporate Identity and East-West Printing sell official BSA licensed apparel.
Christy Pack, operations manager for Belk's at Crossroads Mall, said they're always looking for new business, anything to help with business and with being involved with the community.