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."
WASHINGTON, D.C. — For Scouts and Venturers weary of traipsing up and down the Summit's hills and expanses, a friendlier post-jamboree alternative can be found in the nation's capital. It's an urban path, rich in Scouting history that, not coincidentally, is named the History of Scouting Trail.
The trail debuted in Washington, D.C., over Memorial Day weekend when 3,111 Scouts — mostly from the National Capital Area Council — hiked it. During that weekend, Scouts and Venturers walked either of two lengths of trail — a 2.5-mile History Hike for Cubs, and another nearly six miles for Boy Scouts and Venturers that is the Colin H. Livingstone Hike. Scouts and Venturers were even spotted hiking the trail the few days preceding the jamboree kicked off.
"It's the only suspension bridge ... I'm aware of that you can walk alongside the (walkway) cables, which is great," says Bryan Heller, facilities director of the Summit Bechtel Reserve, in a video about the CONSOL Energy Bridge.
One hundred feet above the valley floor, the CONSOL Energy Bridge spans the 700 ft. distance between Action Point and Base Camps A and B. It is named after the CONSOL Energy power company, which donated $15 million to make the project possible according to press materials from the Boy Scouts of America.
Miss the stadium show? See it here in fast motion. From the first Scouts and Venturers in their seats through the musical performances and finally the Order of the Arrow service corps policing the area when empty. More videos at youtube.com/jamboreetoday.