Over 18,000 Scouts Climb Out of Comfort Zone at Boulder Cove

GLEN JEAN, W.Va (WOAY) – Boulder Cove is home to the large rock and repel walls at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. It’s a place where thousands of scouts have been coming throughout the Jamboree to face their fears. 

“Climbing in scouting is all about encouraging these scouts to push themselves past their comfort zones to go beyond where they feel safe and push beyond those boundaries and that’s a growth experience,” Deputy Climbing Lead Jim Ganley said.

For some, they come to enjoy a sport they’ve always loved and for others, they come to try something new for the first time. 

“I don’t do this,” Alka Thakre, an International Service Team member from India, said. “I think I don’t do this, but I’m going there and this man said, ‘Yes you do this. You will. You go and do this.’ And I’m climbing. I’m so happy.”

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Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.