Boy Scout volunteers honored

Tuscarora District of Mason-Dixon Council holds annual banquet

March 13, 2011
  • Attendees of the Tuscarora District dinner attend a night of fellowship and accolades for their volunteer service to the Boy Scouts of America.
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SHADY GROVE, Pa. —  The Tuscarora District of the Mason-Dixon Council, Boy Scouts of America, held its annual banquet Jan. 29 at the Shady Grove Community Center.

Nearly 80 Scouts and Scouters were in attendance for a home-cooked meal prepared by the Tuscarora kitchen crew. While there was ice instead of a red carpet, the stars did come out and many Cub Scout packs, Boy Scouts troops, and Venture crews were presented with Unit awards for meeting goals as set forth by Boy Scouts.

A number of adult leader awards were presented:

Dee Rider, Crew 99, Greencastle, Pa., and Bill Yoder, Tuscarora District Commissioner, were presented with the District Award of Merit, the highest honor that is given on a district level.

Sally Bacon and Nate Bacon of Crew 95, Shady Grove, and Jim Hall, Tuscarora Assistant District Commissioner, received the Irving “Pop” Stoner Award recognizing them as volunteers for longevity and continued commitment to the district and Boy Scouts of America.


Larry Markin, Troop 97, Waynesboro, Pa., and Joe Mellott, Troop 95, Shady Grove, were beaded during a woodbadge ceremony. Woodbadge is Scouting’s premier training course and is designed so that Scouters learn the skills and methods of Scouting.

Betty Williams, Tuscarora Assistant District Commissioner, and Jacki Hoover, Tuscarora Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner, were presented an Outstanding Commissioner of the Year Award.
Council Executive Mark Barbernitz congratulated the district on its achievements and wished all continued success in the coming year.

Adam Kovalchick, the new Executive for Tuscarora and Great Cove Districts, was introduced.  Kovalchick started with Mason-Dixon Council on Jan. 18, and brings a wealth of Scouting knowledge including Eagle Scout, summer camp program director and Camp Commissioner at Penn’s Woods Council, Youth OA Lodge Chief and Woodbadge recipient.

For more information, contact the Mason-Dixon Council at 301-739-1121.

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