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Scout leaders earn training badges

July 28, 2009

Training is one of the most important aspects in being a Boy Scout leader.

Woodbadge is advanced training in leadership skills for all adults in the Boy Scouts of America programs.

Not only Cub Scouts, leaders in Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing and Commissioner Service are eligible to participate.

An advanced learning experience is presented over two long weekends or a weeklong course. An application phase lasts for several months during which the leaders apply the specific skills they have learned at the Woodbadge. Leaders who successfully complete both parts of the training are recognized with a Woodbadge woggle slide and neckerchief.

The Mason-Dixon Council recognized the following leaders for the completion of the Woodbadge course:

Monica Witmer, Shauna Stanley, Linda Zittle, Garey Stewart, Gary Little, Terry Zittle, Roland Sorenson, Gary Hazard, Gene Creek, Carl Witmer and Jeff Simmers.

The Washington County District presented Sandy Bunker with the highest award a district may present to a volunteer -- the District Award of Merit. Bunker has served as a Troop Committee member, Scoutmaster, is a member of the Order of the Arrow and serves as assistant scoutmaster for Troop 136 in Halfway.

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She is a member of the training committee, served as a staff member on the National Youth Leadership Training course and has been chairperson for a council camporee.

Sandy and Billy Bunker were presented with a certificate for completing the Order of Arrow's Triple Crown of high adventure courses: Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimmaron, N.M.; Northern Tier, Minn.; and Sea Base in the Florida Keys.

Daniel Bunker received a five-year service pin.

The Mason-Dixon Council serves the youth in Washington, Franklin and Fulton counties.

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