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Giving kids a chance at transformation.

eing a member of historic Troop 1 in Paoli, Pa., was a transformational

experience for Jack Furst. “It was a really impressionable time in my life,” he recalls. “And that troop really set the foundation for me.” If Furst’s early expo-

sure to Scouting through Troop 1’s fast-paced, high- adventure formula changed him, then the change has been equally important to Scouting as a whole. That’s because as national leader of the multiyear effort

to find, design, develop and program the site and facili- ties of the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia, Furst’s fingerprints are all over what many consider the single most important development in a century of Scouting. Furst believes the Summit is a transformational place for youth made possible by the generosity of donors. “Our movement cannot thank them enough,” he says. In fact, when the Summit

opened in 2013, it was a testa- ment to one of the critical life skills Furst says he learned

while pursuing his ultimate rank of Eagle as a member of Troop 1. “It’s all about finish- ing,” Furst says. “Those who make it to Eagle Scout have demonstrated at a young age it’s about finishing. That’s a strong skill that serves you well no matter where you are in life.” After Furst reached Eagle

in 1973, he and his family relocated to the Dallas area, where he later co-founded the investment firm Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst. His adult Scouting involvement began at the council level. He has since served as president of the Circle Ten Council and continues to volunteer in his son’s troop. During a lifetime in Scouting that began when he was a 7-year-old Cub Scout and continues today with service as a member of the BSA’s National Executive Board, Furst says the ben- efits he has gained and given through Scouting as a partici- pant, volunteer, supporter and executive have been consistent. “To whom much is given, much is expected,” he says. “You learn about the impor- tance of teamwork and the importance of others.

Jack Furst frequently contributes his energy to Circle Ten Council’s Wood Badge courses at Philmont Scout Ranch (left). His passion for both youth and adult leadership education drives his support of the Rayado Ridge Leadership Camp, a new facility for Philmont Training Center, NAYLE and some Wood Badge courses.



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