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JAMES E. WEST, the first Chief Scout Executive Officer of the National Council Boy Scouts of America, was a New Yorker and a visionary.

West knew that, to be prepared for the future, the youth of his day needed guidelines to live by and to share with their peers. He took the principles of Scouting developed in England by Robert Baden-Powell and during 30 years of service, made a fledgling organization into the leading youth movement in the United States.

The James E. West Fellowship Award recognizes individuals, foundations, and corporations that make a gift of $1,000 to the Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America Endowment Fund. The gift can be made by you in your name or in memory or honor of a Scouter. Gifts can be made by check, installments via credit card or stock transfer.

The principal of your gift will be retained in perpetuity and the annual income will be used to benefit Scouting & Exploring in New York City.

Your gift of $1,000 or more will be recognized with the James E. West Award in your name or that of someone you wish to honor.

For more information about the James E. West Award, please contact Steven Benini at the Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America at (212) 651-2815 or via e-mail at steven.benini@scouting.org