While The Rocks at the Summit Bechtel Reserve might have required a trek for some Scouts and Venturers, many agree it was well worth it.
"Being located in the D3 Sub Camp, we have about a 50-minute hike just to get up to the top," says Senior Patrol Leader Ben Griffin, who agrees the hike up to the top was worth his while. "When we got there, we went through a 15-minute safety talk and after that, we were off."
"Once you finish the safety talk you're free to do whatever you want, for as long as you want. I plan on staying here [at the Rocks] for the rest of the day," says Douglas Tallmadge, quartermaster for his jamboree troop.
While many Scouts expected the Rocks to be similar to their local Scout camp's climbing walls, they were often surprised.
"When I approached the top, I expected the Rocks to be very small and have only a few rock walls," say Senior Patrol Leader Will Dugger. "When I saw ... they had over 500 helmets and harnesses; I was astonished."
"I never had to wait in a line longer than 10 minutes. The longest line ... moved very quickly. I am very impressed with the Rocks," says Dugger.
The Rocks are reported to be one of the most expensive activities areas installed at the Summit, costing over 8 million dollars. The place also appears to be one of the most fun activities Scouts and Venturers can choose to experience at the Summit.
When Jamboree Today asked 15 climbers if they would recommend the Rocks to another jamboree participant, all 15 agreed they would.
Although this jamboree is wrapping up, Scouts and Venturers need not wait four years for the next climb. As the Boy Scouts of America's newest national high adventure base, the Summit will be welcoming campers in the summer of 2014 to experience a program chock-full of activities, including climbing at the Rocks.
Contributor Nick Hessler is from Troop 21 in Mason, Ohio. He is very involved in the Order of the Arrow serving as the 2013 C6B section secretary and the managing editor for the National OA Communications Team. He hopes to pursue a career in journalism.