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Supporting an organization with values they share.

im Justice chooses to support Scouting today based on his memo- ries of yesterday—his

youthful experiences as a Boy Scout. “I keep going back to the foundations,” he says. Although his time as

a Scout wasn’t especially intense, and his advance- ment through the ranks was modest, Jim says that what he learned there about being a good citizen stayed with him. Among the lessons he got from being involved with Scouting were the importance of honor and truth and the difference

between right and wrong. “Those are the kinds of things that I think are really important—those initial foundations in my life,” he says. “It’s hard to measure what those meant to me.” Today, the one-time West

Virginia Scout is a business- man with interests in areas such as agriculture and travel. As the CEO of the Justice Family Group in Beaver, W.Va., he still leans on those

As a generous financial supporter of the BSA’s new high-adventure base in West Virginia, Jim Justice keeps the Summit Bechtel Reserve rolling toward its big debut at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. For proof, Jim (left, in blue shirt) and some local Scouts got a sneak peek at the Summit’s mountain bike course at an event late last year.

early foundations for support. And he says that the employ- ees of the family company also, through him, benefit from the character lessons that Scouting imparts. The way the leader of an

organization behaves, Jim says, is the way everyone in the organization will eventu- ally behave. “I’m a believer that if you run with the coon- hounds long enough, sooner or later you’re going to start barking like a coonhound,” he says. Too many young people in America, he feels, have been running with the wrong set of values, and it’s not doing the country any good. He considers Scouting, on the other hand, to be like a factory. Instead of turning out manufactured products, though, the BSA factory produces good citizens. That’s why Jim recently decided to become a major financial supporter of the Summit Bechtel Reserve, site of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree and located not far from his home in Lewisburg. Although he loves that the Summit is practically in his own backyard, Jim says he based his decision to support the future high-adventure base on a hardheaded evalu- ation of the likely return on investment. “I don’t know of anything that’s more


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