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impacting, from a philan- thropic standpoint,” he says of Scouting. Jim’s wife, Cathy, also

believes Scouting offers her and her husband an oppor- tunity to extend his efforts in the other work he does with people, including coach- ing high school basketball for boys and girls. “He not only tries to instill basketball lessons but life lessons—for them to be good citizens and responsible and trustworthy,” she says. When it comes to advis- ing others on how they might support Scouting, Jim is at something of a loss. He became aware of the opportunity to get involved with the Summit almost by accident, when a close friend and hunting partner told him about the Scouting movement’s need. But he has a firm opinion about what kind of people might want to back Scouting: people who feel dismayed about the current state of America’s

character and want to restore and rebuild it. “I grew up in this little Norman Rockwell painting, where we never locked our houses and left our keys in the car,” he says. “I rode my bike to school over a mile and rode home for lunch. That was

50 years ago. If we regress in the next 50 years as much as we have in the past 50 years, where are we going to be?” That, of course, remains to

be seen. But Jim feels confi- dent that he’s doing what he can to help turn the country’s outlook from bad to good.

WHY WE GIVE To help kids learn to help others

CATHY AND JIM JUSTICE have two children, including a daughter who was involved in Scouting and a son who wasn’t. So they have personal experience with the influence Scouting can have on children and families. And that’s why they support it. “Our values align with Scouting’s values,” Cathy says. “And we believe this is the future of America. They’re going to be the leaders of tomorrow.” Listen to the Justices, and you’ll sense that their support of Scouting is more than

just an opportunity to help a cause. “It’s an obligation, too,” Jim says. “We’ve been very, very blessed. And as long as the good Lord gives me breath, I’m going to keep trying to give back and create things for the betterment of mankind.” Cathy adds that Scouting is an easy

organization to help. She takes pleasure in seeing how children who got involved with Scouting have gone on to become good citizens, with high morals and exemplary values. And the kids seem to enjoy it, too.

“Kids are really hungry for this knowl-

edge,” Cathy says. “A lot of this has been lost or maybe just isn’t in homes as much as it used to be in the past. It means a lot to us to see children become good citizens and responsible people and then go on to help other people.”

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BSA President-Elect Wayne Perry, Jim Justice, and Stephen D. Bechtel Jr. (from left) meet with local Scouts.

“I know that I feel really, really good,” he says, “that what’s coming out of this is goodness.”

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