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Supporting Scouting For Generations To Come

November 09, 2018

Jim Reid learned a lot from Scouting. Two of the most important lessons he came away with were leadership and responsibility. He says any youth, regardless of whether they attain Eagle, can be successful in life if they learn these two traits.

And don’t forget about goal setting. According to Jim, “Without setting goals, how could you possibly know what you hope to accomplish?” Jim definitely had goals, and he set out to achieve them.

Jim is the owner of MP Industries, Inc., Reco Development, and Artist House, and he isn’t shy about crediting the Scouting program and his leaders for much of his success. In fact, he’s so thankful that he recently decided to make a significant gift to the Greater St. Louis Area Council endowment that will change the lives of many Scouts.

A 63-year veteran of Scouting, Jim earned his Eagle at age 14. He proudly remembers when Russ Hart, Greater St. Louis Area Council Scout Executive from 1959-80, presented him with his Eagle medal. Jim served as Order of the Arrow Chapter Chief in the New Horizons District as a youth and later served as his son’s Scoutmaster where he was resolute in keeping the unit boy-led as the program intended.

Jim believes it is his duty to give back to the Boy Scouts of America, and he would love to see Scouting do for others what it has done for him and his son.

As a planned giving donor to the Greater St. Louis Area Council, you can use your giving to achieve personal goals, enhance your financial security, and to help shape the future of Scouting.

For more information about the planned giving programs of the Greater St. Louis Area Council, please contact Mark Schuermann at (314) 256-3114 or