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Groundbreaking Ceremony held for Thomas S. Monson Leadership Excellence Complex

Here in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia, Scouts have unforgettable adventures at the Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR). Our site has become a pinnacle of the Scouting experience, with incredible outdoor programs and state-of-the art facilities that offer Scouts tremendous opportunities, taking them to the limits of what they think they can do. Soon, in a new complex at SBR, the next generation of Scouts will learn the principles of leadership and put them into practice.

Leaders in the Scouting family gathered yesterday here on-site to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Thomas S. Monson Leadership Excellence Complex. Through guest speakers, training programs, and hands-on learning experiences, this facility will deliver on Scouting’s commitment to develop our nation’s future leaders.

Cabin Rendering
Cabin Rendering

Named after the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the complex recognizes Scouting’s special relationship and 100-year partnership with the Church. It also honors Monson’s ongoing commitment to the values of Scouting. He has been a selfless volunteer and cornerstone of Scouting for many years. In fact, he has been a member of the National Executive Board since 1969, and is also a recipient of the organization’s Silver Beaver and Silver Buffalo Awards, as well as the Silver Fox and Bronze Wolf, international awards. Those are all amazing accomplishments that show his enduring dedication to our movement.

Central Lodge Learning Center Rendering
Central Lodge Learning Center Rendering

The facility is scheduled to be completed in 2020. Check out what the new complex will look like below and by visiting Scouting Newsroom, and get started on planning your troop’s next adventures at SBR!

Plus, a shoutout from The Chief!

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Taking Leadership to New Heights at the Summit Bechtel Reserve


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