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Lauver gives to Scouting what he received

February 28, 2006|by JANET HEIM

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Name: Jay Lauver

Age: 54

Occupation: Regional Vice President/Director of Facilities & Planning for Fulton Financial Corporation

Hometown: Meyersdale, Pa.; moved to Williamsport in 1989

Where would you see Lauver?: Lauver, who earned his Eagle Scout badge in 1968, renewed his involvement in scouting when his own son Eric, now 23, joined Cub Scouts.

A volunteer with the Mason-Dixon Council of Boy Scouts of America since 1992, Lauver began by serving as Webelos and Webelos II den leader. When Eric bridged to Boy Scout Troop 17 in Williamsport, Lauver agreed to help as an adult leader.

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Lauver has volunteered as assistant scoutmaster and scoutmaster for the troop over the years and remains an active leader, even though his son received his Eagle award years ago.

"I had some great experiences there, watching my son go through Scouting," Lauver said.

Lauver is on the Mason-Dixon Council Executive Committee and is in his fourth year as District Chairman, which means he's responsible for all the scout volunteers in Washington County.

He was one of two volunteers who received the district's highest recognition - the District Award of Merit - at the 2006 Washington County District Dinner and Annual Meeting on Feb. 4.

"It was a great honor and great surprise," said Lauver, who adds that his wife, Vicki, is supportive of the time he gives to scouting.

Every summer, Lauver and other leaders take boys from their troop to Sinoquipe Scout Reservation in Pennsylvania for a week of summer camp. On the wall in his office behind his desk, Lauver proudly points to the group photo of the trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico that he and his son went on with their troop.

"It is amazing how much of Scout skills you use in life," Lauver said, from tying knots to fire building skills to leadership.

As a youth, Lauver was one of three Scouts selected from his troop to attend the National Junior Leader Instructor Training Camp, a 10-day camp at Schiff Scout Reservation in New Jersey. It was an opportunity to perfect outdoor skills and learn leadership skills. The lasting memories include an axe injury that resulted in a few stitches in his foot before the training was over.

He gives back to the community as a board member of the Hagerstown Lions and as a member of Rehoboth United Methodist Church in Williamsport and the Masonic Temple in Hagerstown. For six years, Lauver was on the Washington County Board of Education Facilities and Enrollment Committee and on the Citizens Advisory Council for Williamsport High School.

He helped coach his son's and daughter's sports teams when they were young.

Once a month over breakfast, Lauver meets with a group of fellow Eagle Scouts who discuss ways they can improve scouting locally.

"As Eagles, we're all charged with giving back to scouting more than it gave to us," Lauver said. "I'm enjoying what I'm doing."

Hobbies: An avid NASCAR and Pittsburgh Steelers fan, Lauver admits he was "ecstatic" over the outcome of this year's Super Bowl. His office served as a makeshift Steelers shrine around game time, he said.

Lauver likes to golf and hunt. He said he and his wife put up lots of lights at Christmas at their house - on U.S. 11 in Williamsport with the gazebo near Byron Memorial Park - and said he's been compared to Clark Griswald, the character played by Chevy Chase in the movie "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation".

What does Lauver like best about Washington County?: "It's kind of similar to where we grew up - small communities," Lauver said. He likes being a short drive from the mall and close enough to visit big cities, but far enough away.

"It's just a nice place to live," Lauver said.

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