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“And it was fun. The adult leaders in Troop 1 threw a ter- rific program. It captured my creativity and imagination. It was worthy of the time.” Furst says he regards Scouting as the best youth- development program. “I have a real heart for creating platforms for young people to gain confidence, courage, character and momentum in their life in a positive way to be contributors to society and to themselves,” he explains. “It’s important that every youth has the opportunity to have an outstanding Scouting experience that, if properly delivered, should give that kid a lifetime gift of confidence and momentum.” That is his aspiration for the Summit — that the youth who visit will have the sort of transformational experiences Troop 1 gave him. He also makes the point that being


involved with Scouting as an adult can be a powerful way to influence the next genera- tion and the future. “It’s big, it’s massive, and it’s legacy-oriented,” he says.

“There’s no place you can get involved with your time, talent or treasure and get better results within each of those categories than the Boy Scouts of America.”

BSA National President Wayne Perry (from left), Jack Furst and BSA Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock (far right) join Scouting supporters to thank J. Brett Harvey (second from right) for his gen- erosity in building the CONSOL Energy Bridge at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.

IF JACK ISN’T INVOLVED in a Scouting leadership activity, his wife, Debbie, likely is. From the time their son joined Cub Scouts and Debbie found herself as a den leader, through today in her current role as director of training for her local council, she has been an active adult volunteer. The Fursts’ support for Scouting stems

To pass on strong values to the next generation. Scouting also helps the Fursts pass their

from the BSA’s support of the values they hold. And among the most important of those values is helping others. They’re especially committed to helping America’s youth. “It’s a great program,” Debbie says of Scouting, “because it exposes them to so many different things. A lot of kids would never get to do some of the things they do with Scouting.”

values on to their own children. “We want them to have a sense of being in it for other people, that it is not all about them,” Debbie says. And they hope Scouting imparts leadership skills, as well as another dose of their emphasis on giving back. “Being a leader isn’t about being bossy but about being a servant to others,” Debbie says. Scouting helps instill that value. For Debbie and Jack, another important benefit of supporting Scouting with their time and resources is that they, as well as the other adult volunteers, simply enjoy it. “Sometimes I wonder about some of the adults, whether they’re in it for the kids or for themselves,” Debbie says. “They’re

having so much fun, and that enthusiasm powers a terrific program for our youth.” Both the Fursts say they feel Scouting is uniquely positioned to create and sustain these values, especially because of the opportunity it provides for adventures like climbing mountains, visiting the Summit or going to a jamboree. “These experiences tend to be in the top two or three events in a person’s life by the time they’re 20 years old,” Jack says. “In most cases, they’ll stay in the top 10 for a person’s life. That’s why we do it.”

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