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Giving back to Scouting with a legacy of leadership and support.


hen Bob Cruickshank got an invi- tation to


attend the opening of the 2013 National Jamboree and see a bridge at Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve dedicated in his honor, his first impulse was to decline. “I’d been to some of the jamborees before and slept in old leaky Army tents,” Cruickshank says. “I wasn’t interested in that.” Then Cruickshank learned


he’d be at The Greenbrier, a luxury resort in West Virginia not far from the jamboree grounds. So much for leaky tents. He also found that Amtrak’s Cardinal passenger train could take him directly to The Greenbrier from Huntington, W.Va., just across the Ohio River from his South Point, Ohio, home. That piqued his interest, especially since Cruickshank, the son of a railway employee, has a life- long love of riding trains. In the end, he was there to


see the Robert G. Cruickshank Bridge open for traffic. And he says he’s glad he made it. “What a beautiful bridge!” he said


upon seeing the span named in recognition of his financial and leadership support of Scouting. “What a surprise!” He probably should not


have been surprised, however. During the nearly three- quarters of a century since Cruickshank’s first encounter with Scouting, he says two steady companions have been his devotion to the movement and a conviction that he was born lucky. “Things in my life just seem to go amazingly the way they should,” he says. Good fortune and Scouting


crossed paths in Cruickshank’s life in Springfield, Ill., when he joined Troop 14. His railroader father was Scoutmaster, setting an adult leadership example that never leſt the impressionable youngster. Cruickshank aged out of Scouts as an Eagle from Arlington Heights, Ill., and, aſter graduating from Ripon College in Wisconsin, earning a civil engineering degree from MIT and serving two years with the Army Corps of Engineers, he volunteered as an adult with a troop in Ashland, Ky., where his job took him. Cruickshank still holds a


Just as Bob Cruickshank has helped Scouts bridge from boyhood to manhood thanks to his leadership in Scouting, the Robert G. Cruickshank Bridge stands to help visi- tors of the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve traverse the grounds within Scott Visitor Center. Cruickshank celebrated the opening of the bridge with Scouts and leaders of Troop 112 from the Tri-State Area Council in West Virginia.


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