Three Morgan County Boy Scouts and four adult leaders were recognized for their exemplary service and leadership in Scouting and in our community. Thirteen scouts in the Trapper Trails Council were given the distinguished honor of Zone Outstanding Scout of the year. Among the service-oriented youth were our own Christian McClellan, Landon Weidner and Landon Casper. Each of the teens were nominated by various individuals and selected for going above and beyond what is expected in scouting. Christian McClellan was nominated for his willingness and eagerness to share scouting experiences with younger scouts, specifically his brother Finn. Because of significant challenges, Finn would be unable to participate in Scouting without one-on-one assistance. In addition to his own Scouting duties and activities, Christian aids Finn and the younger scout troop each week to ensure he has every opportunity to be part of the organization. Landon Weidner was recognized for his advanced skills and willingness to teach family history indexing. He showed leadership and teaching abilities as he has trained his ward on effective approaches to finding names. Landon is self-led and enjoys indexing in his free time. Landon is honored to receive the award and is grateful to his Scout leaders for their help and nomination. Landon thoroughly enjoys the scouting experience and is looking forward to his Eagle Scout Project. Landon Casper was recognized for an unprecedented Eagle Project. Casper collected over 800 pairs of shoes and distributed them to St. Anne’s Shelter and to Soles 4 Souls. In addition to this overwhelming task, Casper has participated in grilling activities with his troop. Twelve adults were recognized for their contributions to the scouting organization. Almost half of those awarded call Morgan home including Machelle Maxwell, Doug Curfew, Dave Manning, Kenneth Wallace and Ange’ Workman. These caring adults volunteer their time and ability to strengthen the youth of our area. Each has supported Scouting in various ways and for various lengths of time. These five leaders have dedicated themselves and their time for almost 100 years combined service, in addition to their own days in Scouting as youth. Machelle Maxwell feels she gained her vision in Scouting when she attended Woodbadge in 2009. She has been working with Scouts on and off for 14 years. She has been able to influence scouts of all ages and well beyond her boundaries and troops. Doug Curfew has given service in the organization through a plethora of leadership roles. Through his 10 years of leadership, Curfew has received numerous awards. He candidly describes receiving the District Award of Merit as validation of all of his nights on the ground and all of the burnt hot dogs he has had for dinner. Dave Manning has been involved in Scouting for an amazing 18 years. Displaying wealth of leadership training and exhibition, Manning has served on Roundtable Staff, Wood Badge Staff, and Baden Powell University Staff as well as a National Youth Leadership Training director. He has earned various prestigious awards. Receiving this award means recognition for serving the young men. It’s what it’s all about, the Scouts and the young men. Kenneth Wallace has served for a dedicated 23 years. He has worked with five different councils and continues to work to strengthen America through Scouting and instilling the principles of character, citizenship and fitness in young people today. Wallace has received the Arrowhead Honor and completed Wood Badge. Ange’ Workman has given service for over three decades. Most of her life has been given to helping scouts with her 32 years of service. Ange’s list of awards and service merits is lengthy and impressive. Not only did she work to promote Boy Scouts, but she was also a Girl Scout Leader for over 10 years. She continues to strive towards giving Scouts the opportunity to grow in service and leadership. She has specifically worked tirelessly to improve camping experiences. Morgan County is well represented by these Scouts and leaders, as well as by hundreds of others who are striving to do a good turn daily and to live by the Boy Scout Law. They are making a difference in our community today and we have confidence in their abilities in the future.
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