(WVVA) The National Park Service at New River Gorge National River is
preparing to participate in the World Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve set for
July 22 through August 2.
Up to 65,000 scouts and adult leaders from over 170 countries are expected to make their way to the area for the event. This will mark the first time since 1967 that the event will be held in the United States.
Scouts will have the opportunity to visit the park on half-day river trips along middle sections
of the river. Hundreds of scouts will be shuttled daily by commercial river outfitters to and
from River Access Points at Glade Creek, Thayer, Stone Cliff, and Cunard.
Visitors to the park should anticipate heavy use in these areas and increased bus traffic around the area.
To alleviate congestion in the Thayer area, the Thayer primitive campground will be
closed from noon on Sunday, July 21 until noon on Friday, August 2.
During this time, the River Access Point at Thayer will be closed daily between the hours of 6 AM and 4 PM. The area will reopen for evening use.