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Traffic to be a problem during 2013 National Boy Scout Jamboree

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The National Boy Scout Jamboree has officially kicked off in Southern West Virginia.

Roughly 40,000 people are in town for the 10-day event.

The arrival of thousands of scouts and their leaders will have a huge impact on traffic throughout the state.

Early Monday morning, dozens of charter buses pulled over to one of the rest stops on the WV Turnpike.   The kids were coming in from Indiana and Wisconsin.

In just a short period of time, the kids said they already love the station.

"I think it's really beautiful and I love it. I wish I could live here," said scout Jon Fisher.

However, the scouts said they are still getting used to the windy and curvy roads.

"Some of the curves can make your stomach feel a little weird when you're on a bus, but it was a pretty relaxed ride," said scout Thomas Carroll.

State Police said event will have a huge impact on traffic along the turnpike, US 19 and WV 16.

Troopers said WV511, the know-before-you-go statewide system, will be a useful tool for drivers over the next couple of weeks. Drivers can check road conditions and see if there are any jamboree-related accidents.

Ray Ditsworth has been driving charter buses for 23 years. He said they will also bus the kids to surrounding counties to complete service projects.   For that reason, he has a small request for drivers on the roads.

"We're hauling 55-56 passengers most of the time. Don't cut us off so we have to hit the brakes really hard," Ditsworth said.

He said safety is their top priority so these kids can have the experience of a lifetime in 'Wild and Wonderful'.

"I'm excited to go white water rafting down the New River Gorge River," said scout Sean Critzman

"I'm most excited to go down and race some BMX bikes and do some white water rafting," Carroll said.

Troopers said bus traffic will be on the roads every day from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.