Jamboree: Welcome Boy Scouts from around the world

First impressions are lasting ones. Beginning last week and ending Friday, West Virginia is making a first impression upon tens of thousands of visitors.

They are the 45,000 Boy Scouts and adult leaders in our state for the 24th World Scout Jamboree. It is being held at the 14,000-acre Summit Bechtel Reserve near the New River Gorge National River. This is only the second time the world jamboree has been held in the United States. One media outlet noted it meant approximately 1,600 Boy Scouts came through Yeager Airport in Charleston for the event.

Scouts and leaders from 167 countries are in the Mountain State for the jamboree. It is fortunate they are spending time in one of the most beautiful areas of West Virginia. Certainly, the region will make an impression.

They will go home with wonderful, lifelong memories of a special Scouting event — and, we trust, of our state.

Among the lessons Scouting teaches are independence and compassion. Those are values we West Virginians hold dear, too.

So, we join many others in our state in welcoming the Scouts. May your visit help you grow and may it be enjoyable.

Spread the word about the real West Virginia, and come back, soon!