West Virginia University is hosting the first faculty and staff “Scouting Conclave” luncheon on Thursday (Dec. 8) in the Grand Ballroom at the Erickson Alumni Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

There are more than 125 registered attendees, including faculty, staff, Scout students and invited visitors from outside of WVU who are interested in Scouting and other youth development programs. WVU Provost Michele Wheatly will speak to the audience. A Scout/WVU student task force will also provide student input at this event.

Faculty and staff who presently are involved in Scouting as leaders, have children or grandchildren involved in Scouting, who have a background in Boy or Girl Scouting or otherwise are interested will be participating in the “Scouting Conclave” event to kickoff the “Mountaineers for Scouting” grassroots component of WVU’s involvement with the Summit and the local Boy Scouts of America Mountaineer Area Council.

This event is related to the Boy Scouts of America development of a 10,600-acre high-adventure facility (the Summit Bechtel Reserve) in Fayette and Raleigh counties in southern West Virginia near the New River Gorge, which is expected to make a positive economic impact on the state.

Beginning in the summer of 2013, thousands of young men and women will be visiting West Virginia from all over the world each year. In many instances, contingents of Scouts will stop in Morgantown for an overnight stay before or after their trip to the Summit. Such visits provide the opportunity for WVU to showcase the University, its academic programs, facilities and faculty and staff. This activity is consistent with WVU’s 2020 Strategic Plan for the Future Goal 1, which encourages the recruitment of high-quality students.

This “Mountaineers for Scouting” group will focus on WVU’s involvement with the local Mountaineer Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and its 1,000-plus acre “Camp Mountaineer” just outside of Morgantown.

One example of WVU’s involvement is the University’s hosting “Merit Badge University.” Middle and high school students who are Scouts earn badges and learn skills from WVU faculty and staff at this event each winter.

Mountaineer Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America serves youth in Monongalia, Preston, Marion and Taylor counties. Scouting provides youth a values-oriented program from first grade through young adulthood and seeks to serve others by helping to instill values in young people and in other ways to prepare them to make ethical choices during their lifetime in achieving their full potential.

For more information about WVU’s involvement with the Summit and the local BSA Mountaineer Area Council, contact Dan McNeil (dmcneil@wvu.edu), Greg Corio (Greg.Corio@mail.wvu.edu) or Jacquelyn Core (jjcore@hsc.wvu.edu).

-WVU-

dm/12/07/11

CONTACT: Dan McNeil, WVU Professor of Psychology
(304) 692-5537, Daniel.McNeil@mail.wvu.edu

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