For 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has served the country’s youth with programs that promote character development and principled living. Some of the most exciting and fulfilling experiences a Scout can have are attending one of the BSA’s three national high-adventure bases or participating in the national Scout jamboree, the BSA’s iconic event. These experiences reflect the skills and values of Scouting: appreciation for the outdoors, physical fitness, environmental conservation, and understanding of our national heritage.
As part of our 100th Anniversary, the BSA has embarked on our largest and most ambitious project since the organization’s founding in 1910 – The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.
Made possible by the single largest gift ever made to the BSA, we have searched the country and have found the perfect piece of property that will take our program into the 21st century and beyond. The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve will be a multipurpose, year-round destination for scouting activities and adventures – from a permanent home for the national Scout jamboree, to a high-adventure program base, to a national flagship Scout camp, to a leadership and training Center.
The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve will be economically and environmentally sustainable, enabling the BSA to create challenging programs that appeal to the youth of today and tomorrow. The Scouting Leadership and Training Center will offer leadership programs on the tenets of the Scout Oath and Law. The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve will be the largest sustainable, carbon neutral camp the world has ever seen. The permanent structures will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified.
Some of the larger structures will include:
- The year-round home of a Scouting Leadership and Training Center
- An Inspiring Visitor’s Center
- An Interactive BSA Museum
- A Dining Facility
- Lodging for guests and event attendees
Indeed, this Scouting metropolis will be completely self-reliant and sustainable, both ecologically and economically.