To make all of this possible, philanthropists have donated more than $300 million to develop the site, McCarthy said.
The site includes 336 shower houses, 24 miles of road and 100 miles of electricity, fiber, gas, water and sewer lines that are installed underground at the Summit.
About 80 percent of the 952 onsite contractors employed are from the Mountain State. The $34.5 million in payroll plus the money spent on materials has a $50 million economic impact in the state, McCarthy said.
Each Scout will perform service projects, totaling 300,000 hours, in the surrounding nine counties.
McCarthy said the reserve will host the High Adventure program -- which already has more than 2,300 people registered -- the National Scout Camp, the National Camping School and Training Center, the World Jamboree in 2019 and Centers of Excellence, such as science and technology and leadership and wellness excellence.
Other features of the Summit:
The Summit will host a public driving tour exclusively for West Virginians on May 19. To get tickets, which should be available in one week, or to learn more about the Summit visit https://summit.scouting.org or email 2013jambo...@scouting.org.
Reach Megan Workman at megan.work...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5113.