This BSA National Jamboree will be loaded with fun events and challenging adventures, but it will also promote community service in a very real way. Scouts attending the Jambo will complete more than 350 specific community service projects in Southern West Virginia before heading home.
Projects will be located in the nine-county area surrounding the Summit Reserve and the projects will be grouped into one of the following categories: green-friendly, wellness, construction, infrastructure and arts and education.
From the article (link above):
Wendy Spencer, CEO for the Corporation for National and Community Service told the State Journal that she is not aware of any community service efforts so large that are concentrated in a specific region. The projects were identified by local community members via surveys conducted by members of Americorps.
“Quite frankly, I’m not aware of another immersion, in this short of time period with one organization like the Boy Scouts,” Spencer said. “If there is one, I haven’t found it yet.”
Spencer has been the CEP of CNCS since April 9, 2012. CNCS is a federal agency that guides about 5 million Americans in joining community service efforts. The agency operates through more than 70,000 locations across the country.
The CNCS is one of many organizations working to put on the Reaching the Summit Community Service Initiative…The initiative will deploy up to 40,000 Scouts and thousands of additional youth volunteers who will perform over 300,000 hours of community service over the 5-day period starting July 17.