7/13/2013 6:00 PM
by Joe Hellriegel
MT. HOPE - Officials are making a final push to get ready for one of the largest events southern West Virginia has seen in recent years.
"Some people were still a little shocked and some people were like oh my gosh its finally here," said resident Sarah Pennington.
The 2013 National Scout Jamboree is here, after two long years of planning.
"A lot of meetings, a lot of scenarios going over different things that could happen out here and how we will respond to it," said Chief Ranger of the National Parks Service Jeff West. "All of the emergency agencies have been working together to make sure this is safe, not only for the scouts but also for our residents that are here all the time and the visitors coming in."
The National Guard, State Police, Boy Scouts of America, and the National Park Service have been working together to finally welcome the arrival of the scouts.
"It's a really good project, the kids have a chance to give something back to the community and to learn that old community service concept," said West.
There is still a concern for how bad traffic may be with over 50,000 extra people in the area.
"It's a little hectic around here but I mean it's a good thing for West Virginia because it's a beautiful place. People just need to be careful what they're doing and just keep their eye out for things because there are a lot more wrecks here since this happened," said Pennington.
The Jamboree starts Monday July 15.