Scouting community honours the legacy and contributions of Kent Clayburn

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Publication date: 21st Jul 2021

Today the Scouting community honours the legacy and extraordinary contributions of Kent Clayburn, former BSA International Commissioner and Committee Chair who has Gone Home peacefully on July 20 following a seven-year battle with cancer. 

Kent was a remarkable leader and individual who spent his life following the Scouting path and dedicated more than 50 years of service towards Scouting nationally, regionally and globally. Countless Scouts will remember Kent for his kind and gentle approach, combined with a deep care and insight into the needs and interests of young people and Scouting around the world. 

As BSA’s International Commissioner and before that as a member of the BSA International Committee, Kent travelled the world and experienced Scouting in more than 50 countries, contributing at all levels of the Movement. His background in financial management led Kent to hold several finance positions which benefited Scouting by helping to raise, invest, manage and allocate its resources more effectively.

Kent also served as Vice-Chairperson of the Interamerica Scout Committee, Chairman of the Investment Committee and as Chairman-elect to the World Scout Foundation. Over the years, he staffed many national and world Jamboree events, including highlights as Deputy Camp Chief in Sweden for the 22nd World Scout Jamboree, and Director of Operations for the 24th World Scout Jamboree held in West Virginia where he was instrumental in the delivery and success of the event.

In 2017, Kent was awarded the Bronze Wolf Award, World Scouting’s highest award for his outstanding contributions and service to the Scout Movement. He was also a Silver Buffalo recipient, the BSA’s highest recognition for extraordinary service to Scouting and young people. This past June, Kent was also recognised with the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, the National Eagle Scout Association’s highest honour, for his extraordinary commitment to Scouting nationally and his many years of voluntary service to the community. 

Kent was an incredible supporter of Scouting, giving his time, energy and resources to the Movement and other charitable causes he cared about most. Kent was well recognised within the financial industry and was instrumental in starting a financial education programme for young people in San Francisco, California.

Kent’s legacy and contributions at all levels of Scouting will be remembered, and the Scout Movement is stronger for his involvement over many decades. WOSM offers its deepest sympathies and condolences to Kent’s wife Constance, his family and the many friends around the world who knew him as a kind, wise and generous community leader. 

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