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would take is for somebody who I respected to endorse the program, to say this is a good thing for my child.

SCOUTING: Scouting’s not the only game in town, though. What would you tell parents to convince them that Scouting is the best place for their son? W.B.: We are values-based, and Scouting teaches them how to make ethical deci- sions over a lifetime, like our mission says. It’s one of the greatest places for youth to learn about leadership, service to others, and being an active partici- pant in the community. In Scouting, it’s about making the person a better person, not just learning a skill. It’s nice to learn how to build a fire and cook, but that’s the means, not the end.

SCOUTING: And, of course, the BSA helps Scouts be “Prepared. For Life.” What does that mean to you? W.B.: To me, it means preparing young people to face whatever challenges lie ahead of them as adults. I really think we have better brothers, uncles, fathers, and citizens in general because of Scouting. I’ve had so many people tell me over the years about the impact Scouting has had on their lives. It’s not just those who earned Eagle. Some guys just had a great Scoutmaster who took an interest in them and made them feel good about themselves.

SCOUTING: Another aspect of “Prepared. For Life.” is preparing a boy for a career, right? W.B.: That’s right. How many times have you heard people say that what they ended up doing as their vocation

was introduced to them in Scouting? I’ve heard that Steven Spielberg credits Scouting for getting him interested in cinematography and making movies.

SCOUTING: For you, it’s been a lifelong career in Scouting. Once that chapter of your life is over, what’s the legacy you’d like to leave behind? W.B.: I want people to see that the decisions I made, the things I did, were in the best interests of Scouting and for the young people we serve. I’d like to be known as a servant leader. I do think we are at a pivotal time in Scouting, and we have been for the past several years. I’m hoping that people will see that I did all I could to ensure the future of the Scouting movement.

SCOUTING: But whatever change takes place, you want people to know the motivation behind it? W.B.: Exactly. It’s about awareness— getting people to understand if we change something, why we did it. We have to say, “You’ve always loved this part of the program, but the fact is that the 6- or 8-year-old who comes along today doesn’t love that part of the program, even though you did.” That’s the challenge we are faced with.

SCOUTING: What do you see as Scouting’s future? W.B.: I know Scouting has a bright future because of the millions of people who give so generously of their time, talent, and treasure to this movement they love. We share a common goal no matter what our

The July retreat at Philmont offered more than just meetings with fellow Scouters. The Key 3 vis- ited with troops who were working on a conserva- tion project at Clark’s Fork. Above, Brock (center), Wayne Perry, national president (left), and Tico Perez, national commissioner take a break with Scouts from Wisconsin’s Glacier’s Edge Council.

role in Scouting—providing a quality Scouting experience to as many youth as we can. We may not always agree on the best methods, but we’ll always agree that our focus remains on serving the next generation of Scouts. ¿

BRYAN WENDELL is Scouting magazine’s Senior Editor. JOHN R. CLARK is Scouting magazine’s Managing Editor.


CURRENT SCOUTING ROLE: National BSA President, the top volunteer position in Scouting

PAST SCOUTING POSITIONS: Scoutmaster, district chairman, Chief Seattle Council president, Western Region president, National Executive Board member

EDUCATION: B.A. from University of Washington, J.D. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, and Master of Laws in Taxation from NYU School of Law

Wayne Perry

DAY JOB: CEO of Shotgun Creek lnvestments, LLC, a private- equity investment fund; part-owner of the Seattle Mariners

FAMILY: Wife, Christine, and four Eagle Scout sons: Kevin, Gregory, Douglas, Justin



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