Endowment - Leaving a Legacy
In 2008, the Heart of America Council lost a great friend and supporter of the Scouting program. Executive Board member, Leo Long, passed away in August of 2008. Leo Long was a life-long Scouter. His Scouting career started in Cub Scouting and his Boy Scout years were spent at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation. He became a brave in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say in 1956 and a Warrior in 1957. To fellow tribesmen he was known as Little Red Corn. Leo also earned the Eagle Scout Award. His passion for Scouting continued into his adult life. He was a financial supporter of Boy Scout Troop 106 in Kansas City’s Hispanic community and joined the Heart of America Council’s Executive Board.
Besides being a faithful volunteer, he also believed in the importance of financially supporting Scouting. Mr. Long provided funding for the development of the Fort Long campsite in Piercing Arrow at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation. This campsite was designed to provide a prototype for all future campsites at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation. In 2004, Leo also made a long-term decision to ensure that the council camping facilities are maintained into the future. He became a Platinum member of the council’s Heritage Society with a $1,000,000 gift commitment in his estate to benefit the council endowment. Interest from his gift will be used to support the maintenance of camp properties. His gift letter stated, “Scouting has always been an important part of my life, and helped keep me headed in the right direction.”
Mr. Long was a Kansas City business leader who had a passion for the automobile. He founded Long Motor Corporation which has become the world’s largest truck & SUV parts supplier. His company offers a full line of parts and accessories catalogs that are detailed in a schematic format to be sure that the customer can get the job done right. Because of his business success, Leo served on numerous boards including the Brotherhood Bank and Trust, Citizens Bank & Trust, Derrick Thomas’ Third and Long Foundation, El Centro Community Center, Inc., Guadalupe Community Center, Inc. and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Scouting will miss Leo. His legacy will live on through the people he has touched and those whom he will continue to touch for years to come through his love and support of Scouting and the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation.
If you have any questions about securing the future of Scouting in the Heart of America Council through an endowment gift, please contact: Jeromy Rutledge, Director of Development or by calling (816) 569-4965.