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son. As a father of two daugh- ters, he volunteered because he believes in Scouting’s mission, method and results, and wants to help move the organization forward. “We need leaders, and


we need mechanisms to help build leaders,” he says. “We have no other really good mechanism to teach kids that.” By providing the opportunities to experience leadership, Condit says, the organization addresses one of our society’s most important needs, and it does so in a way that is uniquely effective. Two of Condit’s adult


activities in Scouting have made a particularly strong impression on him. One is an annual adult campout that he has participated in for 16 years, going to Philmont and other outdoor destinations. “We just went to the start of the Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska,” he says. As much as the experience, Condit values the purpose of the program, which is to raise money to support inner-city Scouting programs. “We’re trying to give kids who otherwise would not get an outdoors experi- ence or leadership experience


the opportunity to be part of Scouting,” he says.


The second highlight of his adult involvement is his support of the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Not surprisingly, Condit has been instrumental in conceiving and developing the Summit Bechtel Reserve’s Thomas S. Monson Leadership Excellence Center, which he envisions as helping Scouting to get even better at develop- ing leaders. To anyone who would like to see Scouting address that need or any other, Condit says there are ways to help. “There are so many


opportunities [to support Scouting], including directly with time and energy,” he says. “We always need volunteers, and one of the great things about Scouting is that it really depends on volunteers.” If anything, Condit says, Scouting is more vital today than when he joined as a youth. When Scouting was one of only a few organized activities around, he says, it was easier and more natural for boys to get into the program. Today, the plethora of


sports leagues and similar activities can divert boys


Phil Condit, former CEO and chairman of Boeing, takes a moment at the 2014 National Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn., to chat about Scouting with mem- bers of BSA’s youth, including (from left) Eagle Scout Joshua McDonald; Webelos Scout Luke Williams; Eagle Scout Brian Webb; Venturer and Silver Award recipient Amelia Berle; and Sea Scout Boatswain Billy McElligott.


from Scouting and cause them to miss a potentially life-changing experience, one that could eventually lead to a top leadership position. “We need to make sure that we get kids engaged,” says the former holder of such a job, “because it can make a big difference.”


WHY WE GIVE To help youth in a way no other organization can.


WHEN PHIL CONDIT sits down to consider supporting a cause, his wife, Geda Maso Condit, is right beside him. “We always make all of our charitable decisions together,” Phil Condit says. “They’re not individual.” The couple is clearly on the same


page about supporting Scouting. To both,


helping develop leaders is one of the best ways to help today’s youth. And they see Scouting as the best way to do that. Geda Maso Condit says she concurs not just because her husband enjoys Scouting, but also because it works. “If you look at the outcome of the programs, you see it 30, 40


or 50 years later in what kinds of leaders it turns out,” she says. “To me, the results speak for themselves.”


LEARN MORE about the BSA National Foundation at bsafoundation.org.


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