Michael Kawash of Charleston was one of many parents at the Beckley Crossroads Mall to see off his two sons, Michael and Timothy, ages 16 and 13.
"It's great that they get a trip, too, since it's in our own backyard," Kawash said. "They're very excited, even my oldest son, and he hardly gets excited about anything."
Kimberly Bennett of Fayetteville is a Venture Crew adviser. Venture Crews are like co-ed Scout troops and Bennett said this is the first time in the 103-year history of the Scouts that females will be participating in the national Jamboree.
Bennett said many Scouts who already have arrived in West Virginia are doing things like whitewater rafting and mountain biking as a pre-trip.
"It's traditional to do what's called a side trip before or after the Jambo," Bennett said. "We have access to this any time, so why not move and let them have access to that? Let people experience West Virginia. If they're doing day trips, that'll encourage people to come back."
Graham Moutz, 15, is part of Troop 5, based out of the First Presbyterian Church in Charleston. He was at the Summit Bechtel Reserve for the June ceremony when they laid the last plank in the Consol Energy Wingtip Bridge, making him one of very few Scouts who have seen the Jamboree site.
He's excited to go to Washington and is particularly looking forward to the Museum of Natural History -- but his face practically lit up when asked about the site of next week's Jamboree.
"It's amazing," Moutz said. "It's just endless wilderness."
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