7/17/2013 5:16 PM
by Rebecca Turco
MOUNT HOPE - The Boy Scouts of America are giving back to southern West Virginia while they are here for the Jamboree.
They will be completing more than 350 service projects across nine counties, according to officials. Wednesday was their first day of service.
Volunteer work includes construction, trash pick-up and gardening.
In Slab Fork, more than 25 Venture Crew members volunteered to help paint picket fences to adorn houses in the community, a reminder of how the area looked like decades ago. The Venture Crew is a Boy Scouts program open to young men and women ages 14 to 21.
Crew Member Patrick Yim said the completed fences will help revitalize the area. "When people come here through the mountains, [the new fences will] show off that they're proud of where they live and where they come from."