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Awards and Honors

Last night at a local ceremony, I was awarded the District Award of Merit by my Boy Scouting District. The Heartland District of the WD Boyce Council, centered in Peoria, IL. The award recognizes an adult volunteer who performs above and beyond the call of duty in service to the youth and adults of his district for at least 5 years. It's the highest award a District can award an adult volunteer. It was funny. I knew I had been nominated and won a few months ago as the person who nominated me, emailed me to ask for a brief bio of my history in Scouting. I gave him enough info to fill a page. Not because I like to brag about my accomplishments because I don't. I was just trying to give him enough diverse information to craft a short bio out of. Little did I know, he would choose to read the whole thing when I stepped up to recieve the award. So there I am standing up in front of a room full of 100 people or so listening as all my accomplishments are read. A couple of ladies afterward said they didn't think I was old enough to have accomplished so much. Ah well. It was a nice ceremony and a very nice award to get. Something I never really expected to get as I do work very hard on the things I do for Scouting anymore, but I only give my time to one endeavor, the monthly Boy Scout Roundtable. I cook for the meeting and every other month or so do various demonstrations for them. But on the other hand, since I started preparing real meals for the meetings, attendance has trippled. Anyway, Deb was able to attend and my folks as well. Dad was really happy for me. He came up and put his arm around my shoulders. Something he very rarely does, and stood next to me for quite awhile. That was nice. I can remember not too long ago in my adult life when my Dad was much bigger than me, both across the shoulders and in height, now, I'm noticeably bigger. Dad is getting old and starting to shrink. Of course he is nearing 70 so I guess it shouldn't be that much of a surprise.

This weekend I have to demonstrate how to cook one-pot meals for about 200 Scouts. Frogmore Stew for 200. That should be fun.

Peace,

Wander

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moonvision
May. 3rd, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC)
That's impressive! Good for you and hopefully your cooking demo goes smoothly.

... You and your dad look great in uniform! ;)
wander
May. 3rd, 2006 10:23 pm (UTC)
He looked better in his Marine Corps uniform but I do like seeing everyone in uniform. A nice uniform just does something for the wearer.

W
moonvision
May. 3rd, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
I hear that chicks dig guys in uniform!
wander
May. 3rd, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
Deb said that to me one day when I was in my uniform and I had to laugh because it's not something you usually hear about a Boy Scout uniform but I guess it's true.

Wearing a uniform and believing in the meaning behind it just sort of makes you stand taller and prouder.

W
boomshak
May. 3rd, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
Awww, that's really awesome.

Congratulations!

And your parents are so cute.
wander
May. 3rd, 2006 10:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah they aren't bad looking for 68 are they? I've always thought they made a nice couple.

W
blunamelcookpot
May. 4th, 2006 12:28 am (UTC)
Is that an actual tie your dad is wearing? I've never seen that on a scouting uniform.
alchemist
May. 4th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
That's something you see on a lot of Scouting Executives more than anything.

Honestly, I miss seeing everyone in Necherchiefs, but maybe I'm just an old fart ;)
wander
May. 4th, 2006 03:56 am (UTC)
I think I'm an older fart than you Kevin. Lots of people still wear them. I don't belong to a Troop so the only one I could wear would be my Woodbadge neckerchief. I wear it sometimes when people are being awarded their beads. I prefer my bolo ties though. Just a habit I got into working at Philmont I guess.

W
alchemist
May. 4th, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
Neckers are optional with a more recent uniform code, so troops can choose not to wear one at all. Cubs still require them, so I need to grab a Cubmaster Neckerchief.

Personally, after seeing our local scoutmaster fully decked in his beads, woggle, necker, and campagn hat, I'm all for wearing the Woodbadge one. Then again, he was almost the spitting image of B-P...

(And you're barely 6 years my senior, so we're pretty damn near contemporaries at this point....)
wander
May. 4th, 2006 03:36 pm (UTC)
My dad has a campaign hat and I love to see him wear it. I need to get a new one as my old one is long since gotten too small for me. I got it as a kid. Plus I need a new red wool jacket. Those things used to cost $40 now they are over $100. I'm looking out for one on Ebay in my size.

W
wander
May. 4th, 2006 03:54 am (UTC)
That is an actual BSA tie from the 50's because as we know, every uniform the BSA has ever come out with is still official. I still have my professional uniform from when I was a District Executive in NC a decade or so ago. I never really get the chance to wear it though. Though I might if I go to the National Meeting in DC this summer.

W
alchemist
May. 4th, 2006 02:20 am (UTC)
Mmmmm, Frogmore Stew.

Congrats. I like to see Leaders recognized for what they do, since you're what lets people like me put on a good program.

Is that a Silver Beaver knot on your Dad's shirt?

wander
May. 4th, 2006 04:03 am (UTC)
Yeah, he got it in National Capital Area Council in DC before he retired from the Marines in 87 and moved down to the Carolina coast. He's now a District Advancement Chairman with East Carolina Council out of Kinston. He and Mom live down near Morehead City. Dad is the one who taught me how to make Frogmore Stew. He discovered it in the 50's when he was taking his Marine Corps basic at Paris Island which is right next to the town of Frogmore, now called St. Helena. Dad got the Award of Merit while in National Cap but he's also gotten it from East Carolina Council as well. Dad is also on the Southern Region Camp inspection team. He goes all around NC, SC, VA and TN each year inspecting summer camps. He was just up at your camp a couple weeks ago for The OA Conclave.

I doubt I'll ever get the Silver Beaver as I don't do much work at the Council Level. Dad is on the National BSA Committee so he is a little more recognized than me. My adopted grandfather in NM, Buddy Morse is a Silver Buffalo recipient. Now there is an impressive reward.

W
alchemist
May. 4th, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)
Ah, Durrant and Reeves. I love those camps, except durring chigger season. I missed Conclave and I'm going to miss Spring Inductions as well, which is a bit of a bummer. Maybe next year....

You did hear Occoneechee just bought Patriot's Point at Kerr Lake, right? That's where my Woodbadge course will be this fall.

Silver Buffalo is something to be impressed by. And not something you see too often.
wander
May. 4th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
"Silver Buffalo is something to be impressed by. And not something you see too often."

And rightfully so. I'm glad that and the Beaver are so hard to get. It's a real testament to a life spent in service when people do get them. My adopted grandfatehr spent 35 years working for Duke Power down in SC and running a troop there before he retired and moved to Cimarron, NM to run a museum just outside Philmont. He's been a Philmont fixture since 1982, often going out to give historic lectures and traing the backcountry staff.

Scouting has been a huge part of my life and I've never regretted giving my time to it.

W


carocrow
May. 4th, 2006 04:48 am (UTC)
Oh, that is wonderful, you really deserve the acknowledgement. I'm glad you were recognized in that way for your contributions.
wander
May. 4th, 2006 05:37 am (UTC)
Thanks my friend. It was a gratifying experience. Something I never expected to get. And that's always the best kind of award to get.

W
virga_flame
May. 4th, 2006 03:01 pm (UTC)
Just wished to add my own congratulations to the list: Congratumalations!
wander
May. 4th, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC)
Why thank you my friend. i'll probably be out your way sometime in the next few months if you'd like to get together.

W
w0lf_princess
May. 5th, 2006 01:31 am (UTC)
Congratulations! I'm not surprised. You deserve it.

You really favor your mom too.
wander
May. 5th, 2006 02:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, just not in height and thankfully Joe got Dad's ears and not me.

W
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