October has been a very good month for the BSA. First, it was $25 million to the Circle Ten Council by the Rees-Jones Foundation, announced earlier this month. Now, the BSA is announcing another sizable donation. This time, the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve is the recipient of a $25 million gift from the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation, and an additional undisclosed amount from Mike and Gillian Goodrich.
Just eleven months ago, the BSA announced a $50 million gift from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation to acquire 10,600 acres of pristine, rugged West Virginia wilderness, laying the foundation for The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. To-date, fundraising for the future world-class Scouting high-adventure base has garnered more than $100 million in donations in less than a year.
The October announcement came during the ground breaking ceremony for the Reserve. It is the most recent in a series of events culminating to bring the fourth BSA high-adventure base to life. Other high-adventure bases are already operational in New Mexico, Minnesota and the Florida Keys.
The organization is moving the National Scout Jamboree's permanent home to the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, in West Virginia's New River Gorge, beginning in July, 2013. Additionally, the BSA is launching an ambitious bid to host the 2019 World Scout Jamboree at the National Reserve. The World Scout Jamboree is held every four years in different countries all over the world. Venues for the 2011 and 2015 World Scout Jamboree are Sweden and Japan, respectively.
Walter Scott Jr. is a Distinguished Eagle Scout. Scott often speaks of his love for the outdoors and camping, and boasts of his love and respect for nature and the environment; passions he garnered as a young Nebraska Scout.
Mike Goodrich, is an Eagle Scout and retired businessman. His wife, Gillian was instrumental in development of Comer Scout Reservation, in the BSA's Greater Alabama Council.
Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve
Circle Ten Council, Rees-Jones Foundation Donation
Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico
Northern Tier National High Adventure Base, Minnesota
Florida National High Adventure Sea Base, Florida
100 Years of Scouting website
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