Mazzuca: Design for The Summit about ‘having a light footprint on the land’

Just a few months ago my Scouting magazine colleagues and I were taking the long walk down Thomas Road at Fort A.P. Hill.

The 2010 National Scout Jamboree seems like it was yesterday, but somehow, we’re already talking about the 2013 jamboree?

Man, time flies, doesn’t it?

As great as last summer’s event was, the BSA wants to make 2013’s spectacular even more special for Scouts, adult volunteers, and staff.

That’s the message from BSA leaders who visited the West Virginia site last week. The event was covered by the Charleston Gazette.

You’ll want to read the complete story at the link above, but here’s an excerpt about how The Summit will be eco-friendly:

Boy Scouts CEO Bob Mazzuca and national board member Jack Furst met Friday night with a “world-class” design team near the site of the future scouting center – called “The Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.”

“The designers were just spectacular with their elegance,” Mazzuca said Saturday. “It’s all about sustainability, being earth-friendly and having a light footprint on the land.”

These are exciting times for The Summit. It’s the BSA’s fourth high-adventure base, will host the 2013 National Scout Jamboree (and beyond), and was just named host of the 2019 World Jamboree.

Follow the Summit on Twitter for up-to-the-second updates.

One thought on “Mazzuca: Design for The Summit about ‘having a light footprint on the land’

  1. I’m not sure I “get” this. Unlike Fort Hill, Bechtel is a Scout-owned property. It will also be available to Scouts year-round. There is a huge difference between being in harmony with nature, and worrying about your footprint on the land. Knowing now that the International Jamboree will be held there, I’d like to see the infrastructure of a city placed underground (Disney style) to support not having 100,000 Scouts completely destroy the place just by their sheer numbers.
    Plumbing, waste, electricity and even data will be required. Storm shelters for 100,000+ folks, and Olympic style permanent facilities for everything from Whitewater Kayaking to Scuba really need to be built with a heavy footprint. Make it harmonious with nature – the “illusion” of being in an untreated facility would be awesome – but please don’t do it wrong, for some misconception of what its going to take.
    No more “deathmarches” in 100′ heat. Pave the main trail, provide shelter & cover while it still has time to grow and fill in. Make sure water & facilities exist along the trail, and not unsanitary under thought out temporary facilities. Put decent and safe crowd management in place, hidden in tree lines and formations can be fencing, gates, survelance cameras and creature comforts like misting stations – that disappear into the background if they’re done right.
    There are some things that Disney has done right – and this is one heck of an opportunity for the Boy Scouts to achieve that “next level.” Unless the Bechtel Reservation plans to be out of business in a few years, and to return the land to its “natural” state – we’d better plan a pretty heavy footprint there to minimize our impact.

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