EASTON — The Choptank District of the Del-Mar-Va Council of Boy Scouts of America held its 2019 awards banquet at the Easton Fire Hall.
A record 28 Scouts achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 2018. The Choptank District encompasses Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot and most of Queen Anne’s counties.
Dale Cayer of Troop 495, Chester, was named Scoutmaster of the Year for 2019. Cayer has been a Scoutmaster since his oldest son was a Tiger Cub 20 years ago.
Cayer’s wife, Cheryl Cayer, was honored as the 2019 Committee Member of the Year.
The Harris family of Greensboro was named the 2019 Cub Scout Family of the Year.
Brandon, Ashley, Landyn and Paul Harris were honored for “embracing the philosophy and idea of Scouting.” They were also cited for being good stewards of the community, serving in the volunteer fire department, and making “incredible contributions to the pack.”
The District Award of Merit is the highest honor that the district can award for volunteer work, according to District Commissioner Mike O’Connor. Two volunteers received the honor this year.
The first, Teri Quidas, was cited for her ambition, resourcefulness and understanding of the honoring of traditions.
O’Connor told a story about how he needed to make a teepee for an Order of the Arrow ceremony and Quidas convinced him they needed to take a trip to the woods, follow the traditional Native American procedure of making an offering to trees, and cut them down to make 17 lodge poles for the teepee.
The second District Award of Merit was given to Chairman Scott Warner.
Warner and his family members have contributed to Scouting in various ways, with his daughter becoming a leader and senior patrol leader, running 48 Scouts around and a staff of 14, and Warner’s wife Donna acting as an advisor.
“We would be a committee without him, but we wouldn’t be functioning as well as we are,” Charlie Baggs said, who made the presentation. “He keeps us all together and keeps us on task. Choptank District would not be the good district that we are without him.”
Cub Scout Pack 496 of Kent Island was awarded the Chairman’s Cup Award. The pack had a record 182 Cub Scouts registered last year.
Robert Rosekrans accepted the award on behalf of 496 Cubmaster Mike Link.
“You know why so many people get hooked on Scouting,” Rosekrans said, crediting the enthusiasm of the pack’s Scout leaders and den leaders.
He said they could not do what they do without the generosity of Elks Lodge #2576 of Kent Island and Christ Church.
Rosekrans said they introduced girls into the pack last year with much success.
“I just can’t believe how well our Webelo girls have just taken off and run with the program,” Rosekrans said. “I’m so glad because we want this program to be available to all of these kids. And we don’t want to be the only Cub Scout pack on the island. We hope a couple more of them come back.”
The keynote speaker for the evening was Bob DeGour, a 1973 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, who recalled his early days as a Scout selling potted plants as a fundraiser.
He said that early brush with entrepreneurship awakened his competitive spirit, gave him a sense of purpose and established a strong work ethic that carried him through trials in life.
New Eagle Scouts included: from Troop 137 Tyler Edward Hitchens; from Troop 148 Samuel Thomas Bagley, Thomas Michael Elsmeier and Preston Conrad Wilder; from Troop 165, John Forrest Geisel and Robert Andrew Jacobs; from Troop 190, Wilson Davis Keeter, Daniel Warren Kulp and Thomas Truong Lee; from Troop 248, Luke David Haschert and Luke Anthony Patterson; from Troop 464, Jesse Deal Goodman, Reed Scott Hazuda, Hunter Connolly Scheelar, and Kelson Lee Wright; from Troop 495 Hadyn Miller Blanchard and Richard Pericles Johnson; from Troop 532 Michael Charles Franklin Clark, Eric David Milhollan, and Tyler James Redman; from Troop 754, Michael Lee Bradley, Stephen Layton, Devon Isaiah Raickle, Robert Allen Sellers and Brandon Lee Travers; and from Troop 1631 William Lee Fehrenbacher, Brice Thomas O’Malley and Robert Brady Whalley.
Choptank District Committee members were honored. They include Michael O’Connor, Teri Quidas, Scott Warner, Scott Worsham, Sandy Blades, Steve Conard, Matt Peters, Mark and Patricia Eney, John Griep, Ross Harper, Bradley Lundberg and F. Graham Lee.
The evening was also a chance to introduce the new District Executive Sara Grantham, who is from Denton.
For more information about Scouting on the Mid-Shore, visit http://www.delmarvacouncil.org.