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DEVELOPING SCOUTING’S PHILANTHROPIC FOUNDATION OD


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They’re putting Scouts in the driver’s seat.


ike millions of other boys, one of Dale Coyne’s early expo- sures to racing came


when he was a Cub Scout. “I did pinewood derby and all the things like going away for your first camp, which was very memorable,” he recalls. After that, his career and the career of a typical Cub Scout diverged some- what. Dale went on to drive racecars, competing against the world’s top open-wheel racers and heading up his own IndyCar racing team. Now Dale and Scouting


have come back together in the form of Dale Coyne Racing’s No. 19 racecar,


bearing the red-white-and- blue Boy Scouts of America logo. Beginning with the 2010 season, the BSA car has been seen across the country—and around the world—at IndyCar events. It all began the year before


during a race in Texas, when Dale saw a group of uni- formed Boy Scouts watching the pit activity from behind


Open up the hood of a racecar, and the Coynes believe a new world of knowledge opens up to a Scout. The couple welcomes Boy Scouts into the Dale Coyne Racing pit at IndyCar events, showing youth the complex planning and technology behind each race—an experience that inspires interest in science, technology, engi- neering, and math.


a fence. He invited the Scouts in for a look. What happened next changed racing, as well as Scouting. Gail Coyne, Dale’s wife and partner in racing, recalls that one particular Scout’s reaction sealed the deal. “It was indescribable, the look on his face when he was able to get into the car and touch every- thing and go in the trucks. At the end of the race we took him up into the stands and the whole crew turned around and waved at him. Just the look on his face! Dale turned around and said, ‘We’re in.’” Now that Scouting is an


official Dale Coyne Racing (DCR) sponsor, far larger numbers of Scouts have been treated to an up-close look at the most technologically advanced racecars in the world. And the results have been consistently striking. The reason, the Coynes believe, is the close alignment between the goals and values of the two organizations. Primarily, these goals involve giving youngsters a chance to realize their dreams and encouraging young people to get interested in science, technology, engi- neering, and math (STEM). The typical Scout that Dale encounters at one of the events hasn’t decided on a career—at least not yet. He recalls one who announced,


PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROGER MORGAN/BSA FILES


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