WITH the conclusion of the first National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, the work of Jack Furst should not go unnoticed.
Furst headed the committee that picked West Virginia for the jamboree's permanent home, the Summit Bechtel Family Reserve.
"That's what got the rest of us enthused about doing this project — his vision of what this could be and should be," Russell Smart told Wendy Holdren of the Register-Herald of Beckley.
Furst, an Eagle Scout, was a co-founder of a
private equity firm. He retired a few years ago, and at 54 has received Scoutings' highest award, the
Silver Buffalo Award for Distinguished Service to Youth, in 2010.
In 1998, Furst, who lives in Argyle, Texas, established an aquatics base for Scouts in Graford, Texas.
Many Eagle Scouts became successful business
executives and are now giving back to the program.
Thanks to him and many other Scout leaders, West Virginia has the crown jewel of Scouting.