Earl O. Blair, 91, of Rouzerville, Pa., was one of 36 Scouters in the U.S. who recently received Scouting's second-highest honor, the Silver Antelope Award, at the 2008 National Scout annual meeting in San Diego, Calif.
The Boy Scouts of America, acting through the National Court of Honor, awards the Silver Antelope upon nomination by the regional committee. The award is for noteworthy service of exceptional character.
Born in Waynesboro, Pa., in 1916, Blair was a Scout from 1926 to 1929 in Troop 7 (Church of the Brethren). He is a 55-year adult veteran of Scouting in the Mason-Dixon Council in Hagerstown, where he served in a wide variety of positions, including unit commissioner, camp promotion chairman, camping committee chairman, and Friends of Scouting committeeman for 50 years.
Scouting has been a major part of Blair's life. He served as a Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop committeeman while his son advanced through all of the Cub Scout and Boy Scout ranks.