Thursday, June 2, 2016

Scouts Convene at the Summit Betchel Reserve

William (Bill) Arata owns Bogalusa, Louisiana–based Arata Law Offices, a plaintiff-oriented firm that handles a range of issues such as divorce, personal injury, and worker's compensation. Aside from his work, Bill Arata spent more than 10 years leading a Cub Scout pack for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The BSA currently owns a parcel of land known as the Summit Bechtel Reserve.

Founded in 2009, the Summit Bechtel Reserve is located in West Virginia's New River Gorge National River area. The BSA purchased 10,600 acres of land to create the reserve especially for the National Scout Jamboree and other scouting activities. Chosen in part for its proximity to the national park, the site is also only a few hours’ drive from other popular destinations, including Shenandoah Valley, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and Washington D.C. Scouts who visit the Summit can participate in activities such as kayaking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, skateboarding, and shooting.

The next large event at the Summit Bechtel Reserve is the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, which runs from July 19-28. To learn more about the reserve, visit

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