ZANESVILLE — This Saturday, the Muskingum Valley Council will recognize volunteer Scouting leaders from throughout the region. Over 100 leaders and parents will gather at Ohio University-Zanesville/Zane State College from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to congratulate and recognize Scouting successes in the past year.
A representative of the Boy Scouts of America will present the ‘GOLD’ Journey to Excellence Award recognizing the Muskingum Valley Council for its exceptional service to youth.
Three volunteers, Kevin Burch, Chris Maples and Ed Romito, will be honored with the Silver Beaver Award which is the highest recognition a local Scouting volunteer may receive.
Kevin Burch has served as a volunteer Scout leader for many years, including time as a Scoutmaster. He is currently the Council’s training chairman responsible for providing a variety of training courses for volunteers at all levels of Scouting.
Chris Maples is currently the Scoutmaster of Troop 164 in Zanesville. He has been involved in Scouting since his son joined the Cub Scouts years ago. Maples provides exceptional leadership to the young men in his Scout Troop and has been involved on numerous Scouting committees and events.
Ed Romito is the immediate past president of the Muskingum Valley Council Executive Board. He started as a Tiger Cub leader and followed his son all the way through Scouting holding a number of leadership positions along the way. As council president, Romito provided leadership to two years of membership growth and helped the council earn the ‘Gold’ award both years.
The event includes a meal and numerous other recognitions.
Scouting is a program for boys in grades 1-12. And young men and women age 14-21. It is a family centered program teaching character, appreciation of the outdoors, achievement, leadership and service.
Youth interested in joining a local Scouting program should call the Scout service center at 740-453-0571.