I spent the best time in West Virginia testing out the newest Boy Scout high adventure camp - the Summit Bechtel Reserve - or SBR. I ran the admin shop for the test group (in military terms, think G-1) and also got to experience a little bit of the potential of this wonderful site.
Here's my somewhat blurry cell phone snapshot of the SBR sign as we entered the site. The excitement was palpable as we passed.
Most of SBR is still an active construction site. I didn't realize what these buildings were at first, but later discovered they were the first rate wilderness showerhouses in clusters of three - spread throughout the subcamps. Subcamps are basically fields that are designed to optimize flat areas for pitching thousands of tents, with rain ditches planned to keep water to a minimum. We are camping. It will rain. Now the showerhouses have ambient water temperatures (e.g. cold showers) - but when you're outside around the clock, it actually feels very refreshing. It's sort of like jumping in the pool. Once you get your head wet, you're OK.
If you're not a high adventure camper, you probably can't appreciate these porcelain fixtures. Trust me. This is heaven!
First things first - we set up our two-man tents. It appears that orange is the official color of the Summit - and these dome tents were so bright and cheery.
Once we were set up, all we had to do was get ourselves ready and spend the day preparing for the Scout to arrive. Let the excitement begin!