Jan and I believe in the values enshrined in the scout oath and law. As a youth, I grew up one of eight children in a middle-class family in Cincinnati, Ohio. I was a scout since cub scouting, and I achieved the rank of Eagle scout. I eventually earned a PhD in engineering and started my own computer consulting company. I know that I would not have been able to all of this do this without the work ethic, confidence and leadership training I received in scouting.
I learned in scouting that nothing of value comes easy. If you want to reach the top of the mountain, you have to sweat. If you want to make it through the rapids, you have to paddle. If you want to achieve Eagle, you have to plan, organize and lead. Scouting teaches all of this and more.
Jan and I support scouting because we would like to see every young man and woman learn the values of the scout oath and law while having fun. Besides donating annually to the Friends of Scouting Campaign, we have become James E. West Fellows and we are members of the Second Century Society. We have also remembered scouting in our wills. Through our investment in scouting, we hope other young men and women will be able to become successful, ethical members of society.