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proven product,” he says. “It still works today.” Unlike organized sports, Scouting is suitable for any boy, from the least athletic to the born competitor. “Scouting offers things for kids who will not join athletics,” says Wayne, a longtime youth baseball coach. “And it’s great for kids who are the star quarterbacks of their high school teams.” High-thrill activities such as riding zip lines and climbing rock walls irresistibly attract boys, he says. “And there’s virtually no kid in the United States who wouldn’t benefit from our program—the leadership skills they get, the values that are taught, the physical skills, first aid, how to tie a one-handed bow knot. Those are skills that stay with you forever.” The durability of Scouting’s impact is matched


by its significance. “When I’ve brought kids home from 50-milers, I’ve had parents come up to me and say, ‘What did you do to my kid? He’s changed. He’s more responsible.’ I say, ‘There’s something about hiking 50 miles. Nobody is going to help you. You have to do it yourself.’” Though he says Scouting is great, Wayne


believes it can be better. “The issue we have is one of attention. Kids today are extremely busy with school and other activities.” Many of those are powerful competitors. And Wayne’s appre- ciation of the competition shapes his vision of what comes next. “The program has to be a little more fast- paced,” he says. “Move quicker. It’s got to be a


little more exciting for the boys.” That’s why he wants to see action amusements like mountain biking play larger roles. “You don’t have to be a star athlete to have fun with a mountain bike. You can go out and challenge yourself, and it’s a great activity. We have enormous potential for that in our camps.”


Christine also points to the potential and


importance of Scout camps for providing outdoor experiences to kids whose other options are gener- ally indoor, sedentary activities. “A great example of that is the national jamboree site, which is going to be fabulous,” she says. Optimistic openness to possibility is a distinct


Perry trait, one that brings to mind a young Cub Scout getting his first exposure to Scouting. Wayne remains sensitive to a leader’s responsibil- ity to his youthful charges. His troop may have disbanded before he made First Class, but the four Perry sons—Kevin, Gregory, Douglas, and Justin—all made it to Eagle.


Why We Give An immediate return on investment


WHILE WAYNE PERRY has a remarkable record of volunteer- ing his time and energy, he and Christine also are financial supporters of Scouting. As members of the BSA National Foundation, the Perrys have the opportunity to see how those who are able to make major gifts can have an impact. “Donors are looking to


make a difference today,” Wayne says. “They’re looking for a return on a philanthropic investment. They’re looking for measurable outcomes that can be tracked. They’re looking for a business plan of what’s going to be achieved.” Scouting provides a nearly


unmatched ability to adapt to donors’ varying needs. “There


are very few organizations that are as flexible as ours,” he says. “You come up with a good idea and—By gumbo!— let’s go.” And today’s donors, who want to do more than write a check, will find a warm reception. “They’ll see we care about them,” Wayne says. “And they’ll see kids changed by the impact of Scouting.”


But Christine notes that without significant support from those who have the means, the impact won’t be as sizable. “It would be great to expand into lots of neighbor- hoods where young men and women need a good organiza- tion to help teach them all the things that Scouting teaches them,” she says.


Both Wayne and Christine jump at the chance to volunteer with youth. This summer, the couple traveled all the way to Rinkaby, Sweden, joining Scouts from across the globe at the 2011 World Scout Jamboree. Below left, Christine walks with a contingent of Scouts from the United Kingdom at the jambo- ree. Above, Wayne chats with an Arrowman from the Bay-Lakes Council about his time at the 2008 ArrowCorps5 project.


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