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From Scouting, he says, he learned to take criticism, to appreciate others, and to be a team player, whether as a leader or fellow Scout. The lessons have served him particularly well in his chosen career. “In our pro- fession, that’s important,” he says. “Because you need to learn to work together to protect each other in the mining business.” As befits a dedicated business leader, Harvey also sees benefits for CONSOL in the support of Scouting. “There’s a selfish side to this as a cor- poration,” he explains. “You really want to hire people who are Eagle Scouts, or have these values, because they make good leaders.” One of Harvey’s spe-

cific objectives in guiding the support of the new adventure center is a desire to help today’s Scouts have experiences like the ones he had at Philmont. Longer-term, he believes the Summit will offer pro- grams relevant to today’s youth while staying true to Scouting’s traditions by incorporating a wide


variety of high-adventure activities—from zip lines to marksmanship to kayaking and more. Harvey also hopes to

serve as a leader to other potential supporters of Scouting with the resources to provide significant assistance. “You can make a difference for people, espe- cially for young people,” he says. “If we want our society to sustain itself in a positive way, I ask people to join with me to influence it in this way. You can give back.”

To keep the name alive

FOR BRETT HARVEY, the CONSOL Energy Bridge—also known as the Wing Tip Bridge for its eagle-wing design—isn’t just a physical span that connects one piece of high ground to another. The region around the Summit is already famous for the nearby New River Gorge Bridge. At 1,700 feet, it’s the longest steel span in the Western Hemisphere and—at 876 feet above the river below—the United States’ second-highest bridge. Harvey hopes the property’s bridge, with its unique design

featuring walkways twining above and below the main span, can claim its own special place as well. “This really is a bridge to the future,”

he says. “The company I work for is 150 years old and has evolved through eight generations. I think energy is the bridge to the future. I think the Boy Scouts are going to evolve through their next 100 years in a very positive way, and I think the bridge is symbolic of that.” On a more personal note, Harvey sees

his support as a tribute to his son, who died in an auto accident in 1993 at age 19. The Harvey family also funded a bicycle track and bike shop that will be named after his son. “You always want to carve a piece out for those who didn’t come along with you,” he says. “It’s a way to keep his name alive.”

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Construction of the CONSOL Energy Bridge at the Summit.


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