Minsi Council honors veteran scouters
Minsi Trails Council Boy Scouts of America held ita special recognition dinner and annual business meeting at East Hills Moravian Church Jan. 26. The evening consisted of distinguished awards handed out to individuals who exemplified scouting traits through their character and actions.
Some of the highlights included the Alumnus of the Year Award, Outstanding Eagle Scout Awards and Silver Beaver Awards. Robert K. Smith of Emmaus received the Alumnus of the Year Award. Mr. Smith is a coffee maker, Arrowman and Head Commissioner of the Trexler Scout Reservation.
The Alumnus award is a nationally recognized achievement given to individuals who over a long period of time have used their skills and values learned through scouting and applied them to careers, avocations and scouting. This year’s recipients of the Outstanding Eagle Scout Awards are William H. Coles of Emmaus (retired President of Dun and Bradstreet), Bryan L. Hill, formerly of the Pocono area (retired Superintendent of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission), Claude E. Kohl Jr. of Whitehall (retired Allentown Fire Chief), and Douglas G. Reichley of Macungie (current Lehigh County Judge and former State Representative).
The Outstanding Eagle Scout Award is an honor given to eagle scouts who have demonstrated outstanding achievement by distinguishing themselves through a lifetime of achievement through their beliefs, avocation, community and profession. This year’s recipients of the Silver Beaver Award are Chadd B. Gray of Cresco, Sten Oswald of Sugarloaf, Ryan N. Possinger of Stroudsburg, Richard A. Silvius of Bath, Tamie H. Swain of Bethlehem, David B. Wandersee of Phillipsburg, NJ and Kelli F. Webb of Easton.
The Silver Beaver Award is a council award created in 1931 and given to local adult scouting leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth through their years of hard work, sacrifice and dedication.
The Minsi Trails Council was created in 1969 with local scouting heritage dating back 105 years. The council provides leadership and character development to 10,150 youth members with 5,000 adult leaders and 233 Eagle Scouts. The council area of coverage includes Lehigh, Northampton, Monroe, Carbon, Luzerne, and Warren Counties.