Clark and Ousler will oversee a group of international Scouts from Russia, Norway, Canada and the United Kingdom. This also is the first Jamboree to permit female scouts, which they will help lead.
It's a nice change, Clark and Ousler said. The Venturing program was started in 1998 and many of its activities involve physical challenges and travel, making it especially attractive to older teens.
Brett Skogman of San Antonio, Texas, waited by the baggage pickup before boarding a charter bus to the Jamboree.
"I'm most excited about whitewater rafting," Skogman said.
Skogman said he's heard a lot about West Virginia's challenging landscape and is anxious to try it out for himself.
Matthew Koch, a staff member from Lake Bluff, Ill., said he heard that a Scout would be attending from Egypt. "I really hope to meet him," Koch said.
Officials expect more than 100,000 visitors to the area during the 10-day Jamboree from July 15 to July 24.
Reach Travis Crum at travis.c...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.