Goshen Out of the Running for Permanent National Jamboree Site

According to a post on the National Capital Area Council Website, the National Council has decided not to pursue a permanent National Scout Jamboree site at Goshen Scout Reservation.

We regret to inform you that the Boy Scouts of America has decided to withdraw its interest in Goshen Scout Reservation as the permanent site for the National Scout Jamboree. The BSA identified too many potential obstacles in developing the Goshen site to its fullest and is pursuing other venues.

The National Capital Area Council will continue to support the outstanding outdoor programs offered at Goshen Scout Reservation. This process has identified many areas that offer great potential in strengthening our service to youth. Goshen Scout Reservation will continue to serve as our council’s classroom for character far into the future.

We appreciate your support during this long and interesting process.

Statement of Governor Kaine On Rockbridge County Site Being Withdrawn as Possible National Scouting Center

Virginia Governor, Timothy M. Kaine, released the following statement yesterday:

RICHMOND – Governor Timothy M. Kaine released the following statement today on the Boy Scouts of America withdrawing the proposed Goshen site in Rockbridge County from consideration for the National Scouting Center and 2013 National Scout Jamboree:

“The Commonwealth has a longstanding history of hosting the Jamboree – Fort A.P. Hill has been home to this important event for the past 28 years. We are pleased Virginia had the opportunity to work with the Boy Scouts to try and keep the Jamboree in Virginia.

“After much discussion it became clear that the Goshen site in Rockbridge County was just not an appropriate location for an operation of this magnitude. However, I applaud the cooperative spirit that existed between the Boy Scouts, Rockbridge County and the Commonwealth.

“We’re proud of the many Boy Scout troops in Virginia, and we’re grateful for the good works they do in our communities. We look forward to working with the Boy Scouts of America in the future.”

Where will we look next? According to the National Council Press Release, Boy Scouts of America Accounces Virginia Site No Longer Being Considered for National Scouting Center:

The organization recently signed an agreement to purchase 10,600 acres, some of it reclaimed mining property, near Beckley, West Virginia, and announced that it would develop a new high- adventure base to complement its existing three bases in Minnesota, New Mexico, and Florida. The BSA expects to close on the property later this fall.

“In light of our recent decision concerning the Goshen site, we’ll be looking to see if the West Virginia property can support a jamboree, but we have a lot of work to do there before we can make that determination,” Furst explained.

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I think this is going to make it more difficult to pull off a Jamboree at a new site for 2013. I think National needs to be rethinking their time frame, hopefully they have realized that its not as easy as buying the land and building…

By Dan on August 5th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

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I thing that it is very sad to hear that the Jamboree is not coming to Goshen Scout Reservation. I have work there for a the past 5 summers and i think that Goshen would of been a great place for the Jamboree to happen.

By Jonzimm22 on August 16th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

I heard that Michigan offered a site a while back. What became of that offer? Central U.S., beautiful country, friendly spirit in the region. Who can tell us the status?

By John on August 28th, 2009 at 11:34 pm


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