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DEVELOPING SCOUTING’S PHILANTHROPIC FOUNDATION OD


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Using high adventure as a bridge to Scouting’s future.


oaring over a deep ravine at the new Summit Bechtel Family National


Scout Reserve in West Virginia is a 700-foot bridge connecting the camp’s main center to the eastern half of the 10,600-acre high- adventure base. This bridge is distinguished by its eagle wing-inspired design, as well as the name of CONSOL Energy, a Canonsburg, Pa., company that donated $15 million to create the unique structure. It’s no coincidence that CONSOL’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, J. Brett Harvey, was intro- duced to Scouting as a boy and has served Scouting in several high-level official positions as an adult. While the planning that


goes into building a 700-foot bridge can be extremely complex, the connections between Harvey, CONSOL, and Scouting are direct and straightforward. When Harvey thinks of Scouting, he feels a variety of tugs, ranging from personal memories of an inspiring Scoutmaster in his childhood troop to his company’s—and his country’s—need for high- performing leaders. On the personal side,


Harvey recalls joining a troop in the small mining town


in southern Utah where he grew up and, in addition to enjoying the camaraderie of his friends, was also strongly influenced by the adult lead- ership. “We had an amazing Scoutmaster,” Harvey says. “He worked in the mines, identi- fied with everybody, and was kind of a superman in terms of physical strength. He was an inspiration to everyone.” Today, Harvey ranks that Scoutmaster as one of his life’s most enduring mentors. But he also regards the expe- riences, especially a trip to Philmont Scout Ranch and the exposure to the Scouting creed, as similarly important. “What I learned was that the Scout Motto and Scout Oath are something to live by,” he says. The social and leader- ship skills Harvey learned in Scouting are things that he says he might not have learned in traditional school settings. Harvey feels strongly


enough about Scouting that he made sure both of his sons were Scouts, and both achieved Eagle rank. Being part of the Boy Scouts of America, he says, is important for him, for his family, and for the nation. “These values are what built America,” he says. “That’s why I’m such a big believer in Scouts.”


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