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DEVELOPING SCOUTING’S PHILANTHROPIC FOUNDATION OD


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Distinguished Eagle Scout stays involved because he believes in Scouting.


eflecting on a nearly four-decade business career that included leading one of the


globe’s biggest and most influential corporations, Phil Condit can see where it all started. “I learned about leadership in Boy Scouts. I was a patrol leader and a senior patrol leader,” says Condit, who led Boeing Co. as chairman and CEO from 1997 to 2003. Perhaps it seems far-


fetched that guiding a handful of Scouts could prepare someone for the top job at a company


that, when he left, employed close to 160,000 people and sat atop fields including manu- facturing commercial jetliners, satellites, human space flight, military aircraft, helicopters and missile defenses. Indeed, Condit’s addi-


tional training includes degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, Princeton University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as a doctorate in engineering from Tokyo University of


Science. But Condit says it was Scouting’s special approach to developing young leaders that sent him down the right track. “The way Scouts do it, you


let the boys do the leading,” he says. “It isn’t really adult- led, it’s boy-led. The adults are advisors.” Condit explains that Scouting let him make mis- takes in a safe environment and gain deeper understand- ing of his capabilities and the requirements of leadership. “That had a profound effect on me,” he says.


Beginning as a Cub Scout,


Condit progressed all the way to Eagle. Each step added to his self-knowledge and confidence. “You learn that you can accom- plish something,” he says. “And there are rewards that go with it. Those little experiences are really worthwhile.” As an adult, Condit con- tinued in Scouting. He has received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, served as president of the Chief Seattle Council and now serves on the BSA’s national executive board. Unlike many adult volunteers, Condit didn’t get involved in Scouting with a


To Geda and Phil Condit (top left), developing future leaders is one of the most important goals of their lifetime. And Scouting sits at the top of their list of ways to achieve this goal, especially with their support of the Thomas S. Monson Leadership Excellence Center, an important contribution to the Summit Bechtel Reserve.


PHOTOEARTH (2); ROGER MORGAN/BSA FILE


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