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Minsi Trails scout member Jim Korcienski congratulates Robert K. Smith on his achievement. Minsi Trails scout member Jim Korcienski congratulates Robert K. Smith on his achievement.
Outstanding Eagle Scout Award Winners Bryan L. Hill and William H. Coles congratulate each other. Hill is formerly of the Pocono area and a retired Superintendent of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission and Coles is an Emmaus resident and retired Dun and Bradstreet President. Outstanding Eagle Scout Award Winners Bryan L. Hill and William H. Coles congratulate each other. Hill is formerly of the Pocono area and a retired Superintendent of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission and Coles is an Emmaus resident and retired Dun and Bradstreet President.
Minsi Trails Council Director of Development Donald Sachs stands with Outstanding Eagle Scout Award winners, Bryan L. Hill, William H. Coles, and Claude E. Kohl Jr. Minsi Trails Council Director of Development Donald Sachs stands with Outstanding Eagle Scout Award winners, Bryan L. Hill, William H. Coles, and Claude E. Kohl Jr.
Richard A. Silvius of Bath receives his Silver Beaver Award. Richard A. Silvius of Bath receives his Silver Beaver Award.
Tamie H. Swain receives her Silver Beaver Award. Husband Jim is pictured on the right. The couple have three Eagle Scout sons. Tamie H. Swain receives her Silver Beaver Award. Husband Jim is pictured on the right. The couple have three Eagle Scout sons.
press photos by mark kirlinSeated are this year’s Silver Beaver Award Winners. From left to right are: Chadd B. Gray, T. Sten Oswald, Ryan N. Possinger, Richard A. Silvius, Tamie H. Swain, David B. Wandersee, Kelli F. Webb. press photos by mark kirlinSeated are this year’s Silver Beaver Award Winners. From left to right are: Chadd B. Gray, T. Sten Oswald, Ryan N. Possinger, Richard A. Silvius, Tamie H. Swain, David B. Wandersee, Kelli F. Webb.

Minsi Council honors veteran scouters

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 by MARK KIRLIN Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

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.