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Scout councils across the country to continue to reach for camping excellence. With a capacity to serve

more than 8,000 Scouts at a time, the Charles Pigott Base Camp will provide young people a gateway to adventure, giving Scouts walking-distance access to such high-adventure activities as zip-lining, canopy-touring, and cable- wakeboarding. Through the vision of their gift, these high-adventure programs will be made available to youth around the country and the world, helping young people achieve their full potential. In some ways, Chuck

was just continuing the Pigott family’s generosity, which has long focused on improving access to education and otherwise improving the experience of America’s youth. Through private philanthropic founda-


tions and donations from PACCAR, the company Pigott’s grandfather founded in 1905, the family also has been a significant benefac- tor to Seattle University, as evidenced by structures including the William Pigott Building—named after his grandfather— PACCAR Atrium, and Pigott Auditorium. Chuck was born and

raised in Seattle, where he graduated from Lakeside High School. He went on to

Stanford University, where his studies were inter- rupted to join the U.S. Navy, serving four years as a plane commander. Following his Navy service, he gradu- ated from Stanford earning a Bachelor of Science in engineering. He then joined Kenworth, working first as an engineer in the truck factory, and in 1965 he became presi- dent of PACCAR. Chuck retired from

PACCAR in 1997 after a 41-year career that included

For the country and for youth

IN ADDITION TO BEING significant finan- cial supporters of Scouting, Chuck and his wife, Yvonne, have given generously of their time to help America’s youth. He has served in leadership positions with the Chief Seattle Council, including stints as president. In 1986, he was elected National President of the Boy Scouts of America. Chuck’s personal involvement with

Scouting goes even farther back. In 1944, he earned the rank of Eagle with Troop 312. As an adult he received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, which among other

requirements calls for distinguished service to his profession and community for 25 years after receiving his Eagle. The personal dedication these awards

require is even more impressive considering his other activities. In addition to leading a multinational manufacturing corporation, he has also contributed his time to numer- ous other organizations that serve the public good, including campaign chairman of the local chapter of United Way and his high school and college alma maters. The Pigotts have found time and funds

to support Scouting because they appreci- ate what the organization can do for the country and its youth. At the time of the 2003 reopening of Camp Pigott, Chuck praised the renovation as an excellent job, but downplayed his own role in it in favor of lauding Scouting. “I think the Boy Scouts are one of the most important sources of good values this country has,” he said.

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At the Chief Seattle Council’s 51st Eagle Scout Recognition and Scholarship Presentation Banquet this spring, Pigott visited with new Eagle Scouts including (above, from left) Doren Berg, Michael Wilkenson, and Michael Saguro.

30-plus years as CEO. Today he is 83 and keeps a low profile—as low as he can given the family’s outsized achievements and contribu- tions. But wherever Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks roll, they carry his legacy and love of Scouting.


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