Four Olympic size above-ground pools soon will be installed atop concrete pads at The Pools Adventure Area, home base for swimming and scuba activities.
More than 100 miles of utilities have been installed underground at Summit Bechtel. Five small cellphone towers have been installed at the reserve's five base camp areas, and Scouts will have access to wi-fi, and 3-G and 4-G phone service.
While Summitt Bechtel encompasses nearly 14 square miles of land, only a small portion of the property is being developed.
"We're trying to keep our footprint as small as possible, and we're trying to limit it to areas that have already been disturbed by mining and timbering," said Allison Schapker, director of design and sustainability for Trinity Works, Summitt Bechtel's design firm.
Of the scouting reserve's 10,600 acres, 1,200 are being developed to accommodate national jamboree activities, and 100 are being developed for the Scott Summit Center, its year-round visitor-friendly area where a variety of outdoor activities can be sampled. Scott Summit Center is also the home of AT&T Summit Stadium, a 70,000-seat amphitheater with three stages, where shows and concerts will be hosted during the upcoming jamboree.
Nearly all the rest of the property will be left as is, including a 1,600-acre section of creeks and wetlands adjacent to National Park Service land that is being placed in a conservation easement.
There are six base camps for Scouts, each accommodating between 7,000 and 8,000 campers. At the camps, gray water from showers and sinks will be recycled for use in toilets, reducing per-person water use from 30 gallons a day to about eight, Schapker said.
Buffer strips of man-made wetlands ring the reserve's four artificial lakes to filter sediment from entering the ponds.
More than 1,000 West Virginians have helped with construction of the Summit, which will become the Boy Scouts of America's fourth high-adventure base when it is not serving as national jamboree headquarters. In 2019, the Fayette County site will host Scouting's World Jamboree.
"We've been assured by our contractors that everything will be completed on schedule," Hartley said. "It will probably include some seven-day weeks and some working at night, but we'll be ready for the Scouts on July 15."
"It's pretty exciting to have a permanent home for our national jamboree," said Renee Fairrer, public relations manager for the BSA, "but our main goal right now is to make sure every one of the 40,000 kids who come here for the 2013 jamboree have the time of their life."
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