Honoring the visionaries...
"Scouting changed my life," says Joe Manchin III. "It challenged me …strengthened me …taught me responsibility…gave me new friends, and it made me the person I am today."
As the former governor and current U.S. senator from West Virginia, Manchin led the local delegation support for building The Summit near the New River Gorge – "more than 10,000 acres that had once provided coal for construction of the Panama
Canal and timber for PT boats, can now foster American ideals for the next 100 years. It was pure destiny," Manchin explains. This marks the beginning of a new and important relationship between the Boy Scouts and the state of West Virginia built on the shared values of family, faith and patriotism, and on the same promise that guides the lives of Scouts and West Virginians — to do one's duty to God, country, state and one another."