Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued an executive order designating the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (WVDHSEM) as the principal agency to coordinate all state agency planning and response for activities and events of the Boy Scouts of America at The Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve and the 2013 National Scout Jamboree.
"In choosing the New River Gorge region of West Virginia as the permanent home of the National Scout Jamboree, the Boy Scouts of America continue to demonstrate its ongoing confidence in our state," said Gov. Tomblin. "I have issued Executive Order No. 1-12 because I believe that by uniting our efforts now we will ensure the safety and efficiency of the events and activities at The Summit. The Jamboree will provide lasting economic and educational opportunities to our young people, our citizens and our state."
"The executive order is another example of the continued support Governor Tomblin and state of West Virginia have provided to the BSA in order to make our efforts at the Summit Bechtel Reserve a lasting success," said Alf Tuggle, Assistant Chief Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America.
The order also designates the Director of the WVDHSEM serve as the sole liaison to the Governor for planning and coordination and will direct and manage all details of events sponsored by, or related to, the Boy Scouts of America which take place in West Virginia and which require state-related assistance.
"I want to thank Governor Tomblin for showing his support and confidence in the team he has assembled who are working diligently to make sure that the Scouts, their leaders, families and visitors to West Virginia have a safe and enjoyable experience at the National Jamboree," said Jimmy Gianato, Director of WVDHSEM. "This planning team is composed of some of the finest individuals in the world and they have tremendous experience in working on these types of events. Working collaboratively, we can make sure that this event will be outstanding and showcase the Spirit and Pride of West Virginia."
The Director will work with appropriate federal agencies to secure relevant security designations and support for events such as the upcoming National Scout Jamboree. The order also requires the WVDHSEM to provide the Governor with a financial impact statement outlining the needs of the agency to ensure a successful event.