Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr. ran the largest engineering company in the United States for 30 years. The S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and the Stephen Bechtel Fund, both family foundations, provide support to, among other groups, select non-profit organizations that address challenges to the economic welfare of the United States.
One of those organizations is the BSA. Stephen credits the BSA, more than anything else, with building the strength of character that would allow him to lead others throughout his life.
The Bechtel Foundation donated $50 million to the BSA to help purchase and develop the land that is now The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. It was the largest charitable donation ever made to the Boy Scouts of America.
Walter Scott, Jr. became an Eagle Scout in 1946 and is a recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. On October 22, 2010, his foundation donated $25 million to The Summit. Scott credits the lessons he learned in Scouting to much of his success, including the central tenet of goal setting (but he loved the camping, too). The gift will result in the Scott Scouting Valley, the central panoramic feature at The Summit.
The Goodriches are no strangers to charitable giving and the BSA. The family helped create the Comer Scout Reservation (AKA Camp Comer) in the BSA’s Greater Alabama Council. Goodrich has described his gift as a natural response to wanting to give back to the organization responsible for creating such transformative experiences for so many young people. In appreciation of their gift, The Summit’s primary lake will be named Goodrich Lake.
CONSOL Energy has donated $15 million toward the creation of the CONSOL Energy Bridge, a unique pedestrian bridge that will be an integral part of a Scout’s experience at The Summit. With three separate walkways, two of which bend above and below the main span, the bridge’s eagle-wing inspiration is clearly visible. The generous donation of America’s largest energy company will be forever recognized in this beautiful and inspiring structure.