CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sixteen-year-old Josh Sheridan loves everything about West Virginia -- the rolling hills, the whitewater rafting, even the humidity.
He comes from Berkeley Springs, but he moved across the country to eastern Washington several years ago.
Sheridan had somewhat forgotten why he loved the Mountain State, but the National Boy Scout Jamboree, which concluded Wednesday, refreshed his memory.
Over the past 10 days, Sheridan has hiked, gone rafting and mountain-climbed. As other troop members wilted under the sweltering temperatures last week, he thrived in the humidity.
He plans to come back four years from now as a staff member or Venture Scout.
Sheridan was among the Boy Scouts who swarmed Yeager Airport on Wednesday to catch flights home after spending 10 days at the Jamboree. The Scouts spoke somewhat nostalgically about leaving West Virginia.
"I'm kind of glad to be going home, but I'm also sad," Sheridan said. "We made a lot of friends this week."
A.J. Nickels was one of the friends Sheridan made. The pair had become close buddies during the Jamboree and, on Wednesday, they joked and laughed as though they had known each other for years.
Nickels said his experiences at the Jamboree helped him develop people skills. He ended up befriending many Scouts he said he usually would have avoided.
On Wednesday, he was completely at ease around the other Scouts, who, still wearing sweaty uniforms, hollered as they nudged and dragged stuffed duffle bags closer to the check-in counters at Yeager Airport.
Despite blazing heat and heavy rains since the Jamboree began, the Scouts at Yeager seemed to have enjoyed every minute they spent at The Summit.