Saying Gabe Sartori is excited is an understatement.
"Now I'm in West Virginia, I've reached heaven!" cried Sartori, a California native. "Or at least close enough. Close enough."
Sartori is one of 50,000 Boy Scouts, volunteers, and leaders headed to the 2013 Boy Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Family Reserve.
The Jamboree starts Monday, but more than 800 staff members traveled through Yeager Airport this week. Shuttle buses provided by the company Transportation Management Services waited at the airport to transfer people to the campsite in Fayette County. Six buses made the trip Friday.
The Klomp brothers caught up while they waited for their shuttle to arrive. Steve and Robert Klomp plan on meeting their five other relatives at the Jamboree.
"It'll be seven, seven Klomps at this Jamboree," said Robert, of Boise, ID. "Clumps of Klomps."
The brothers said they're using the retreat as a way to reunite with family, scattered across the country.
""It means a lot," Robert said. "My older son I don't really see him very much in Boston."
As they waited for the buses to arrive, some staffers rolled out their sleeping bags under the artificial trees in the airport.
"When people see us walking around in the uniforms, they'll say, 'That's cool, they're doing stuff. I wanna be them.'"
In preparation for the Jamboree, the city of Charleston unveiled specially-made banners to welcome the scouts.
"We are using this extraordinary opportunity to greet visitors from all over the country-many of whom have never been to West Virginia-to roll out the red carpet," said Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau President Alisa Bailey in a press release. "These young people and their families will be exposing their experience to millions through social media, and we want to make sure our city is a highlight of their visit."