The Boy Scouts of America Have A New Leadership Complex In The Works

In June of 2016, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) celebrated the groundbreaking of the Thomas S. Monson Leadership Excellence Complex. This facility, located at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia, will provide training on the principles of leadership. The facility will further the organization’s mission to develop and shape the next generation of America’s leaders. The complex will be completed in 2020, at which point the BSA hopes to make the site available for leadership events. The BSA is currently exploring opportunities to make this dream a reality.

The complex is named after the BSA’s oldest partner and largest sponsor of Scouting units, who is also the president of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The complex will feature a number of guest speakers and offer several training methods and learning experiences regarding topics like conflict resolution, communication, and storytelling.

Michael Surbaugh, the Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, says that the Summit Bechtel Reserve is a perfect location for the complex, since the reserve offers life-changing experiences to young people that they cannot receive anywhere else. All Scouts in BSA programs gain a number of leadership skills, and the complex will provide opportunities to formalize this training. This allows the Scouts to be better prepared to practice leadership throughout their lives.

The development of the complex will add to the economic impact that the Summit Bachtel Reserve has already had on the area. Additionally, every job on-site that is related to construction is expected to support local employment.

Jack Furst, a private equity investor who has overseen every stage of this project, stated that West Virginia has been a great partner ever since plans to develop the Summit Bechtel Reserve were announced. Furst and the team look forward to working with the state further to build the Thomas S. Monson Leadership Excellence Complex, which will ultimately make progress for the entire region.

With the building of this complex, there is now an opportunity to recognize the BSA’s partnership with the Church, as well as the dedication to Scouting that Thomas S. Monson has exhibited. Monson is a longstanding member of the National Executive Board of the BSA. He has worked as a selfless volunteer, receiving the BSA’s Silver Beaver and Silver Buffalo awards, in addition to international awards like the Silver Fox and Bronze Wolf. Monson has stated in a video message recorded for the event that he is deeply honored to have this state-of-the-art complex named after him.

Monson is not the only person who will be celebrated with the building of this complex. The structures that make up the complex will be named after four BSA founders and some of the nation’s top business leaders. This includes Rex Tillerson, the Chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corporation, John D. Tickle, Sr., the Chairman of the Strongwell Corporation, W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr., the Chairman and CEO of Marriott International, Inc., and Philip M. Condit, the new retired Former Chairman and CEO of Boeing.

Come 2020, this complex will make a big difference in its local community and in the lives of many Scouts.