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Area leaders receive Boy Scouts highest volunteer award

by: CONTRIBUTED - From left, Jim Wyatt, Jerilee Dale and Mike Bump all received honors from the Boy Scouts of America, Cascade Pacific Council.Three area Boy Scout leaders recently were honored for receiving the organization’s highest volunteer recognition, the Silver Beaver Award, according to the Cascade Pacific Council of Boy Scouts of America.

Mike Bump of Gresham has worked with Boy Scouts for 28 years and is on the District Camping Committee, a position he has held for 22 years, as well as many other leadership positions including scoutmaster for Troop 58. He also has served on the Camporee Committee for 10 years and has been in the Council Tree Cutting Crew for 15 years.

“He was critical in shaping what the Thunderbird Camporees are today,” the council’s press release states. “Many boys as well as other adult leaders look up to Mike as a mentor and a guide. He is Vigil in the Order of the Arrow and very active within the lodge and helped create the foundations to an active, thriving chapter.”

Also honored at a Feb. 27 ceremony was Jim Wyatt of Gresham, an associate crew adviser for Crew 174 and crew adviser for Crew 544 as well as assistant scoutmaster for Troops 586 and 664. He was the creator of the Thunderbird District Pioneering weekend and used thousand of dollars of his own money to buy equipment for the program. He also puts a lot of effort into the Order of the Arrow and was key in creating the Tribe Program.

“Jim also has a passion for guns and gun safety,” the release states. “He has an affiliation with the NRA and many gun clubs. He uses his knowledge to teach proper care of firearms to youth within the Boy Scouts.”

The third honoree from this area is Jerilee Dale of Troutdale, who “sees the potential in youth and has applied that to her role as a devoted assistant scoutmaster and adult leader,” the release states.

Dale has been in Scouting for 13 years and was a den leader, Webelos leader and cubmaster from 2001 to 2006 and a first assistant scoutmaster for the 2010 and 2013 Boy Scout Jamborees. She helped a set of brothers earn their way to the 2010 Jamboree by hiring them to do odd jobs and yard work and has mentored many boys on their paths to becoming Eagle Scouts.

“Jerilee knows exactly how to help youth to her fullest,” the release states. “She has helped mold the leaders of tomorrow through her work with her sons’ troop.”

Since it was organized in 1910, Boy Scouts has been dedicated to providing a fun, educational program for youths that instills values, healthy living, character development and lifelong learning, said Matt Devore, Boy Scouts chief executive.

“These mentors continue to provide outstanding service to youths, communities and families,” he said.



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