As the Sunday deadline looms at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in advance of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, construction crews are hard at work putting the finishing touches on projects all over the site. Most major construction projects are complete and no construction is scheduled during the jamboree.
"I'm just hoping we're outta here by tomorrow evening. If not, we're gonna pull some long hours," says David Bradley, a welder working to complete the bridge railing at Brownsea Island.
As long as final materials arrive on time, Bradley and other workers expect construction of walkways and stairs around the Summit should be complete in time for participant arrival.
Extreme Sports "could not be more different from the last jamboree," explains Kim Carson, the area's administration and public relations officer. The Summit Bechtel Reserve's all-wheel-based adventure areas are professionally-built and ranked tops in the world.
Included in the Extreme Sports category at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree are BMX biking and mountain boarding (at The Trax), skateboarding (The Park), mountain biking (Low Gear and High Gear), and disc golf. These facilities are worth over $6 million, staffed by over 300 volunteers, and are built by Spohn Ranch or Gravity Logic.
Visitors, Scouts, and Venturers are invited to climb one of the 24 climbing lines at the Scott Summit Center's rock climbing center. There, they will also find 12 rappel lanes and 60 bouldering spots.
"Rock Climbing ... is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day," says center operator Chuck Treadway, with some exceptions noted on the Summit Visitor Information website. Reservations or tickets are not required to rock climb, but a ticket is required for visitors to the jamboree. Visitor fees vary and are posted at the same page.