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The Story Of a River


We take many of nature’s miracles for granted, and that cer- tainly includes the mighty Colorado River. More than 30 million people in the arid West rely on the Colorado for irrigation, drinking water, and electricity. But the future of the river is anything but certain. That’s the view of photographer Peter McBride and author Jonathan


Waterman, who teamed up to create The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflict (Westcliffe Publishers, $27.95). The book follows the Colorado, “one of the most diverted, silted, and heavily litigated rivers in the world,” from its headwaters in the Colorado Rockies through its 1,450-mile journey. Waterman paddled the entire length of the river, sometimes joined by McBride, and much of the striking photography was taken from the air. “The aerial perspective shows where we as humans have been,


how we connect to the earth, and how nature relates to itself,” says McBride. The result is a book that both celebrates natural beauty and raises questions about man’s stewardship of this vital wonder.


Fact Totem


CENTENNIAL ROUNDUP


Number of ribbons earned by adult volunteer leaders as part of 2010’s Year of Celebration


42,225


Number of nominations received during the year from Scouts and Scouters for the BSA’s National Hall of Leadership


7,014 Adventure Base 100 campus


who reconnected with the BSA (Figures as of October 2010)


Number of Scouting alumni 123,000+


Number of people who visited the traveling


250,000


Summit Support


As 2010 wound down, more donations poured in for The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, bringing total contributions for the project to more than $100 million in less than one year. A $25 million gift from the Suzanne and


Walter Scott Foundation, coupled with large gifts from Mike and Gillian Goodrich and several anonymous donors, have brought the BSA’s vision of a world-class Scouting center closer to reality. “The love and respect for the outdoors and our natural environment that Scouting instilled in


me continues to this day,” says Walter Scott, a Distinguished Eagle Scout and the former CEO of Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc. “But my childhood troop in Omaha could never have imagined anything like what The Summit will be. It’s simply spectacular.” Located in the Glen Jean–Mount


Hope area of West Virginia, The Summit will be the permanent site for the BSA’s national Scout jamboree and a new national high- adventure base. The first jamboree in West Virginia will take place July 15–24, 2013.


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