Representatives from Summit Bechtel Reserve, the newest Boy Scouts of America high adventure base and permanent home of the national Scout Jamboree, visited Davis & Elkins College recently to recruit students interested in joining the biggest recreation venture in West Virginia.
"The Summit Bechtel Reserve is the most interesting thing happening in adventure recreation right now, and it's right here in our state," said Tom Tesar, instructor of recreation management and tourism at D&E. "SBR will offer professional training opportunities as well as fieldwork, internships and work experience for D&E students."
Students who are selected and complete the training will assist during the Jamboree, set for July 15-24, when more than 50,000 Scouts, adventurers, volunteers and staff from throughout the United States are expected to arrive.
During three on-campus recruitment sessions, D&E students learned about "leading edge" career training and an opportunity in take part in a historic West Virginia event. Simon Grout, program administrative specialist for SBR, said students will receive 60 hours of free canopy tour training in exchange for volunteering when the camp hosts its first 10-day session of the National Scout Jamboree in mid-July. Students who fulfill the training program requirements in early July will receive a certificate of completion.
David Kopsa, program development specialist for SBR, said students who receive their certificates will likely be hired as 2014 seasonal summer staff at the 10,600-acre newly completed facility. Situated in Mount Hope in the New River Gorge region, SBR offers a variety of outdoor adventure experiences including rock climbing, mountain biking and BMX on courses designed by experts associated with Epcot Center, the X-games and the Olympics.
Tesar said the training is beneficial to students preparing to work in the outdoor adventure field.