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Local Boy Scout leaders earn Award of Merit

The Cascade Pacific Council Boy Scouts of America has recognized the outstanding service of three local adult scouting volunteers with the District Award of Merit.

Don Glazier of Tigard, District Commissioner of the Wapiti District; David Nash of Beaverton, Training Chair of Tigard's Troop 419; and Al Baker of Newberg, Scoutmaster of Tigard's Troop 799, were presented with the awards June 8 at the Wapiti District Annual Dessert .

The District Award of Merit is given to recognize outstanding service to youth beyond the expectation of the individual's position.

The Wapiti District covers the Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood areas. The Cascade Pacific Council covers 18 counties in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington and is the 10th largest council in the country.

Glazier began his adult service to scouting in 1981 as a Boy Scout Troop Assistant Scoutmaster. He has also served as Scoutmaster, Varsity Team Coach, Explorer Post Advisor, Cub Scout Pack Cubmaster and Assistant District Commissioner. In his current role as District Commissioner he oversees and supports the activities of more than 60 scouting units.

Nash has served Troop 419 since 1998, holding a number of positions including Assistant Scoutmaster and Troop Committee Chair. He became an adult scouting volunteer in 1994 as Den Leader for Cub Scout Pack 383, later becoming Webelos Leader and then Assistant Cubmaster. He has also served for several years on District and Council training staffs.

Baker has provided more than two decades of adult service to scouting. He has been a Cub Scout Committee Chairman and Assistant Scoutmaster, and has served since 1992 as Scoutmaster of Troop 799, which has produced 35 Eagle Scouts during his tenure.

Boy Scouting units in Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood include 22 Cub Scout Packs for boys in first through fifth grade, 18 Boy Scout Troops and nine Varsity Teams for boys aged 11-17 and 13 Venturing Crews for young men and women aged 14 through 20. These units serve nearly 1,300 youth. New members are welcome throughout the year.

Information regarding meeting locations is available from Todd McDonald, Wapiti District Executive, at 503-225-5750.

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest youth development organizations, with more than 100 million people participating on adult and youth levels since its founding in 1910.