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This all might sound

like a lot, but it’s by no means the full extent of the Arnolds’ support of Scouting. Among other initiatives, in 2010 Ed and Jeanne funded $3.5 million to mint a com- memorative coin used in the BSA’s centennial celebration. Proceeds from the coin sales continue to provide millions of dollars to help support underserved Scouting com- munities across the nation. With their most recent gift to Scouting, the Arnolds provided $10 million toward the construction of the Ed & Jeanne Arnold Logistics Center at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. A nod to Ed’s pro- fessional background—he’s the now-retired CEO of New Penn Motor Express, a truck- ing company started by his father—the center will be the logistics hub of the Summit,


ensuring safety and security of the 10,600-acre site. Although the Arnolds

are excited about support- ing millions of Scouts at the Summit, their philanthropic intentions have also been focused on the local level. In the Lebanon area, Ed was particularly interested in refurbishing a Scout camp he

attended as a youth. Bashore Scout Reservation, which struggled in the 1970s to maintain operations, now runs at 98 percent capacity thanks in large part to the Arnolds’ vision of upgrad- ing the camp’s dining hall. They doubled the dining hall’s footprint by adding a

Combining causes

IF ONE WORD COULD be used to describe why Ed and Jeanne Arnold support Scouting, it would be “synergy.” The two are active philanthropists giving to a variety of causes, from Scouting to the Hershey Medical Center, which is one of Jeanne’s favorite causes. Despite this variety, a consistent theme in their dona- tions has been the tendency to support two or more of their causes with each gift. For example, one program involves local

Scout troops and Hershey Medical in a cooperative effort to fight teen obesity. “Many of the charities I’m involved in involve children and health care,” Jeanne explains. “This fits together because we’re helping kids.”

Ed and Jeanne also combined the edu- cational programs of Lancaster Science Factory in Pennsylvania with the character programs in the BSA. In 2008, the Arnolds provided capital support and leadership

to add a Scouting component to the cen- ter’s programming. Today, Scouts receive instruction in science, technology, engi- neering, and math (STEM) through this successful collaboration.

In addition, because of her passion for

Lebanon Valley College’s mission, Jeanne was instrumental in forming a synergistic partnership between the college and the BSA. Lebanon Valley employs students to instruct Scouts in soccer and basketball, helping the students receive hands-on training while Scouts learn their core values. “I’ve always felt if you can find some synergy within the charities you support, you’re basically helping two causes or more,” Jeanne explains. The Arnolds agree that Scouting pro-

vides youth with needed guidance and formative experiences. Ed appreciates the way Scouting has evolved to meet the changing needs of both kids and society.

As an example, he points to the Robotics merit badge that appeals to boys while preparing youth for cutting-edge jobs. Ed has received recognitions which include: WP Society member, Regal Circle Member, and Silver Buffalo. But he’s not one to seek accolades, focusing instead on making a difference. “I believe the basic core of what Scouting is doing is so impor- tant, today more than ever.” For the most part, that’s helping kids, especially those in greatest need. “Everybody’s going to join a gang,” he

says. “Let it be a good gang called the Boy Scouts.” Jeanne adds, “I was not a Scout, but I do believe in all they do, and I think it’s a wonderful organization. For both of us, it’s been very worthwhile.”

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new kitchen and commissary funded by a lead capital cam- paign gift of $500,000. Today, Bashore Scout

Reservation is a top-notch camp in the Northeast Region serving thousands of kids through a seven-week summer program and year- round camping.


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