The Simon Kenton Council, Boy Scouts of America celebrated the recognition of its newest Silver Beaver recipients at Bridgewater Banquet and Conference Center in Powell. Twelve men and women from Central and Southern Ohio as well as Greenup, KY were honored for their dedication to youth in and out of Scouting, as well as their service to the community. Three of the recipients hail from the Tecumseh District in Southern Ohio. Laura Davis and Dave Wright, both of Portsmouth along with Jerry Blanton from West Union were among those receiving the coveted award.
Laura Davis has been active in the local Boy Scout program for more than nine years and has served in numerous capacities. She assisted her husband, Ron, Cubmaster of Pack 12, chartered by Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Portsmouth for nearly five years as a Den Leader, Webelos Leader as well as Assistant Cubmaster. She is currently an Assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 12 and member of the Tecumseh District Committee. Under her leadership as Chairman of the Tecumseh District’s legendary Halloween Camp at Camp Oyo for seven years, the event grew to more than 1,200 participants and is so popular that the district added a second weekend in 2011. In addition she served as Cub Day Camp Director at Oyo for three years. As a police sergeant for the Portsmouth City Police Department, she taught DARE programs and served as the School Resource Officer for the Portsmouth Public Schools. Currently a sergeant with Shawnee State University Department of Public Safety, she continues to serve as a mentor for the youth of our area whether through Scouting, on her job or as a parent. The recipient of numerous local Scouting Awards, Laura is a dedicated volunteer that lives the Scouting values every day and is an inspiration to both youth and adults in the Portsmouth area. She resides with her husband and their two children, Ben and Katie in Portsmouth.
Dave Wright is currently the Crew Advisor for Crew 2 chartered by Ron Wright Auto Sales in Portsmouth. During his more than thirteen years as a leader in the local Boy Scout program, he has played an important role in developing the youth in his units through his sustained leadership as a Cubmaster, Scoutmaster and Advisor for Crew 2. Dave has served on the district committee for many years and is currently the Tecumseh District Commissioner. He has been a key leader to various district activities including day camps, OKPIK, Webelos Overnight Weekend, pinewood derbies, Canoe Clinics, the Media Auction and OA functions at Camp Oyo. Engaging all of his Scouts in these activities, they have learned the importance of volunteerism and community service. Dave and his wife, Lisa, are the proud parents of Eagle Scout Aaron and daughters Abby and Samantha Wright Turvey who are all involved in the Scouting program as well.
Jerry Blanton hails from West Union. A Webelos Scout as a child, Jerry did not pursue Boy Scouting while a youth but has served in volunteer roles as a veteran Scouter for over 30 years. His journey was launched when his son, Matthew, joined West Union Pack 260 and Jerry was recruited as Cubmaster. Over the years, he has held many positions in both the former Scioto Area Council and Simon Kenton Council including Pack and Troop Committee Member, Assistant Scoutmaster, merit badge counselor, trainer and unit organizer. Jerry continues to contribute as an Assistant District Commissioner, District Advancement Committee member and OA Advisor. He chaired the 2011 District Camporee and received the Unit Leader Award of Merit and is currently starting a Venture Crew in Adams County. To ensure full participation by all of the youth he mentors, he utilizes the patrol method each summer when he takes about 80 youth from local churches to a week-long summer Christian music festival called Ichthus.
The Silver Beaver is onof the highest honors a volunteer can receive at the Council level. The awas introduced in 1931 as a means of recognizing Scouters who provide distinguished service to youth on the local level. presentation is made by the Council, all nominations must be approved by the National Court of Honor before the award can be presented locally. Only those persons who have been nominated by their Scouting peers are considered by the local council’s Silver Beaver Selection Committee.
The Simon Kenton Council serves more than 23,000 young people with the assistance of more than 8,000 adult leaders. They provide the Scouting program to seventeen counties in central and southern Ohio and Greenup County in northern Kentucky.
For more information on joining a local Cub Scout Pack, Boy Scout Troop, Venture Crew or becoming a volunteer Scouter, contact the local Scout Service Center at 740-354-2811.