Ever heard of Glen Jean, West Virginia?

Probably not since only about 200 people live there.

But the arrival of thousands of Boy Scouts means the New River Gorge community has swelled enough to (temporarily) be the state’s third largest city.

Approximately 40,000 people are part of the 2017 National Jamboree, a 10-day event (July 19-28) at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.

The event is held every four years.

In addition to working on merit badges, the rural location near Oak Hill provides outdoor activities including rock climbing, rappelling, shooting sports, archery, mountain biking, skateboarding, water sports and even one of the longest zip line courses in North America.

It won’t be all fun and games, however.

Scouts and volunteers will be working on service projects, both locally and in other state communities, ranging from flood remediation to installing a butterfly garden.

Many of the projects are a continuation from 2013 when the jamboree was first held at this Fayette County facility.

Officials estimate the combined projects will have an economic impact of more than $7 million in the state.

President Donald Trump will visit the gathering Monday.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spent time there Friday.

Nationally the organization was incorporated on Feb. 8, 1910, and modeled after Britain’s Boy Scout Association.

Take a look at these photos, courtesy of the West Virginia and Regional History Center, to look back at its state history.

A lot has changed since those early days.

West Virginia & Regional History Center

The first Boy Scout troop is believed to have been in Raleigh County, circa 1916.

Boy Scouts marching in the Monongalia County Sesquicentennial Parade in Morgantown, Oct. 22, 1926.

Boy Scouts marching in the Monongalia County Sesquicentennial Parade in Morgantown, Oct. 22, 1926.

Boy Scout troop in Richwood, W. Va., undated.

Boy Scout troop in Richwood.

Three Boy Scouts on Main Street in Grantsville, February 1939.

Three Boy Scouts on Main Street in Grantsville, February 1939.

Six African-American Boy Scouts in uniform at the West Virginia Industrial School for Colored Boys in Mason County, circa 1948.

Six African-American Boy Scouts in uniform at the West Virginia Industrial School for Colored Boys in Mason County, circa 1948.

Boy Scout Troop 50 prepares a meal at a camp in Monongalia County, circa 1960.

Boy Scout Troop 50 prepares a meal at a camp in Monongalia County, circa 1960.

 

Two scouts relax in their tent at camp in Monongalia County, circa 1960.

Two scouts relax in their tent at camp in Monongalia County, circa 1960.

 

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