Scout leaders receive national and district recognition

SARANAC In recognition for their commitments to Scouting, leaders from the Adirondack District Twin Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America were honored during the districts annual banquet April 26. The District Award of Merit, a national award, was presented to Mary Shaheen, Tupper Lake. Shaheen, now Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 23, was recognized for her past leadership role as Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 220, also of Tupper Lake. District awards committee representative Bill Kelting said Shaheen was credited for a life of dedication to commitments she has made to her community through work, youth sports and her church. [Mary] continues to be a valued Scouter and advocate for the Scouting movement in our area, said Kelting. He added Shaheen is a strong leader and someone who gets things done. I was very honored to be recognized for the work that Ive put forward, but I didnt do it for that. I did it for the kids and plan to continue to do it, said Shaheen. On the district level, Robert Kreider of Vermontville received the Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award. The honor recognizes outstanding service by an outstanding adult individual or organization in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for youth from rural and low-income urban backgrounds. Kreider has served in Scouting 35 years and most notably facilitated the troop from Saranac Lake visiting the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico in 1994. Bob has helped to recruit leaders in several key positions for our district leadership, said presenter Dan Spada. He has served on national camp school training staffs and is an advocate for Scouting in his workplace as well as local, state and national organizations to which he belongs. Other award recipients from Essex County during the banquet included Tina LaVassaur, Tupper Lake, who received the Cub Scout Den Leader Award. Thomas Metz, a recipient of several awards from Clinton County who served as emcee for the evening, credited Scout leaders with having the privilege of guiding young people on their path to adulthood.

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