Belk's will carry a wider variety of BSA clothing than Spider's Cycle City, including fleece jackets for $40 and fishing shirts for $55.
"We have sold some but not a whole lot. It's just to our customers already," Pack said. "Once we get those banners up outside and traffic coming through, I think we'll blow [through] it."
Sharon Cruikshank, Fayette County Chamber of Commerce director, says people in the area are getting excited for the event, and she believes all of West Virginia will benefit from the Jamboree.
"We're just looking forward to seeing what happens," Cruikshank said. "It's kind of like Christmas -- you don't know what you're going to get, but you're still excited."
Weber and Kelly draw from lessons learned as Boy Scouts.
"A lot of my business is pure out trading, and I remember that as a vivid lesson," Weber said. "It really stuck with me, to trade something of equal value."
Kelly, from Atlanta, is a third-party dealer of historical memorabilia such as hats, patches and books. His company, Big Rock Publishing, reproduces old Boy Scout literature as e-books available in the online Amazon bookstore.
He hears stories all the time from men saying when they were a Scout at a Jamboree or Order of the Arrow conference, they received more of a business education than they did in four years of college.
"In a very micro-economical way, you can take Boy Scout patches and find out very quickly how to buy and sell stocks on the stock market, how to buy and sell inventory, how to manage inventory and how to handle security of inventory," Kelly said.
When Kelly found out about the Jamboree location three years ago, he made his way to West Virginia. For the first time, he will host the Jamboree's trading show July 13-21 at the Mount Hope stadium.
"A national show like this Jamboree where people are coming from all across the country is better for a guy like me because I can reach people," Kelly said. "I could sell stuff online for $5 or whatever, but I can sell it here cheaper and to a whole lot more people."
Kelly anticipates about 80 tables of memorabilia. Dealers will arrive July 12, and the show is open to the public daily from noon to midnight.
"Some of the people are collectors and they're just trying to fill a specific need in a collection. Some are here to sell duplicates of patches or trade for memorabilia they need," Kelly said. "There's a market. Almost anything in the Boy Scout world is collectible to somebody."
Matt Ballard, president and CEO of the Charleston Area Alliance, is optimistic about the short-term and long-term economic impacts from the Jamboree.
"I do think families and parents in particular will find their way to Charleston," Ballard said. "We're the most urban area in the state."
He hopes visitors will access the recently developed "My Chamber App," which determines a user's location and identifies local businesses and deals in the area.
Ballard hopes people visiting the state for the first time will have a better idea of what West Virginia has to offer and return for a vacation or possibly to open a new business.
"There will be some adapting. The market will determine how to entice people to travel to Charleston," he said. "We don't know the score until the game ends."
Reach Caitlin Cook at caitlin.c...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5113.