W. Va. to welcome Scouts

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) — Thousands of Boy Scouts will converge this week in West Virginia to participate in the National Scout Jamboree.

The event begins Wednesday at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Fayette County. Media reports there will be 24,000 scouts and leaders and another 6,000 volunteers, enough to make Glen Jean the state’s third largest city, if only for 10 days.

Summit Bechtel Reserve spokesman Gary Hartley says contractors were working last week to put the finishing touches on the property as it prepares to host its second national jamboree, including the new Ruby Welcome Center on Route 19. The center will serve as a starting point for scouts from all 50 states. Hartley says the event is a chance to show the best of West Virginia to the rest of the country.