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leadership position in that troop in addition to serving with the Tri-State Area Council. He’s organized countless trips, witnessed the elevation of 47 Eagles from the troop and had a good time the whole way. Whether leading Scouts on an unexpected river- boat cruise, mentoring at-risk boys through their teen years or even getting passed over for Order of the Arrow his first try, he describes Scouting as one long adventure of learning and growth. His adventure at the last


jamboree began a couple of years ago when Cruickshank, approaching 80, unmarried and with no direct heirs, began doing some estate planning, including setting up trusts to benefit various causes. “I thought I might make a little giſt to the Boy Scouts,” he says. Cruickshank contacted


the national office with a simple request that did not include having a bridge named aſter him. “All I wanted was the federal tax identification number that the trust required,” he said. “And the correct mailing address so it would get to the right person or office.” No one was more sur-


prised when he was later asked if he’d like his name


on a bridge at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. “Why me?” he wondered. “Many more people have given more in financial support or more years. And many have made a greater impact on Scouting.” While it’s true that


Scouting runs on the contributions of countless sup- porters, few have dedicated their lives as well as their fortunes to the movement as


At the bridge ribbon cutting, Cruickshank is joined by Scouts as well as Dan McCarthy, director of the Summit Group (far left), and J.R. Spencer, Tri-State Area Council Scout executive (far right).


generously as Cruickshank. And, to hear him tell it, Scouting has given back every bit as much. “In 1944 I joined the Boy Scouts for fun and adventure,” he says. “I have not been disappointed.”


WHY WE GIVE Continuing the fun and adventure


ALTHOUGH HE’S NEVER backpacked with Scouts through Philmont Scout Ranch, Bob Cruickshank has visited for adult training. On one trip a couple of decades ago, he picked up a Philmont T-shirt that he still has. On the back it reads “The only things we keep permanently are the things we give away.” That, of course, was the philosophy


of Waite Phillips, who donated the land and other assets that allowed for the creation and maintenance of Philmont. Many years later, as Cruickshank was mulling how to distribute his own assets, he spotted the T-shirt, and Phillips’ phi- lanthropy came to mind. “I thought, ‘Isn’t


that a wonderful thing for a person to do?’” Cruickshank says. By then, of course, Cruickshank had


done countless wonderful things for Scouting. One of his first moves as an adult was revitalizing a moribund troop in Ashland, Ky. It was down to just one boy and him, the Scoutmaster, at one point, he recalls. He revived the troop by organizing a string of adventurous summer trips that lured boys to join in plentiful numbers. Then, through more than a decade as Scoutmaster and later head of the district advancement committee, he encouraged and enabled even more Scouts to reach for the stars.


Cruickshank stresses the fact that he


has benefited personally from Scouting in addition to aiding others. “It’s helped me stay physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight,” he says. He would like his support to help others get the same benefits he has received from Scouting since he joined Troop 14 in Illinois 70 years ago. “Ever since 1944, many surprising, wonderful things hap- pened in my life,” he says. “I wanted to continue the fun and adventure.”


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