All About the Summit

All About the Summit


What is the Summit?

The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve is a 10,600-acre Scout reserve. It’s the 4th high adventure base in the Boy Scouts of America, and the new permanent home of the national Scout jamboree.


This is the largest project in the history of Scouting. When complete, it will be the home of some of the world’s best outdoor adventure facilities. Mountain biking, zip line and canopy courses, whitewater sports, skateboarding and shooting courses are just a small sample of what will be available to visitors.

Where Is The Summit?

We’re in southern West Virginia, adjacent to the 70,000-acre New River Gorge National River. Nestled in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains, the Summit takes full advantage of its outdoor playground, a setting rivaled by few places on earth.

When Will The Summit Open?

The Summit’s grand opening will be the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. More than 40,000 Scouts, Scouters and Venturers are expected to participate, and set the standard of excellence at the Summit for years to come. You can find out more about joining the 2013 National Scout Jamboree here.

Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr.

Who Makes The Summit Possible?

The Summit project was initiated through a generous donation of $50 million from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and the Stephen Bechtel Fund. Large gifts from Jim Justice, The Ruby Foundation, Ed and Jeanne Arnold, Terrence and Peggy Dunn, J. Brett Harvey, The Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation, and Mike and Gillian Goodrich helped build much of the reserve. Many other donations have been contributed as the project has progressed.