Summit Bechtel Reserve Program Hands Out First Hunter Education Cards

GLEN JEAN, W.Va (WOAY) – It was a historic day for the Boy Scouts of America, and it happened just down the road at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean. 

The Summit’s Hunter Education and Skills Development program is the first of its kind for the Boy Scouts. And today, the program handed out three hunter education cards for the first time. 

The Scouts completed courses and tests online and at the Summit with their hands-on programs about gun safety and wildlife. They then received the cards that will allow them to buy a hunting license back home. 

“And in all states, you know at some point in time, when youth become of legal age to have purchased a license, they have to have this card to do that,” Chris Perkins, director of the program, said. “So they actually have to take a hunter education course. And that’s what we’re doing here at the Summit because the Boy Scouts that come here for the programs in the summer can now do that.” 

So far, the program has had over 986 participants for 2019. Six hundred of those participants have been scouts and their leaders from 30 different states. 

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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.