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Mitch Turner honored for community service in scouting and the Gresham community

COURTESY PHOTO: CASCADE PACIFIC COUNCIL, BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA. - Mitch Turner, a Gresham Scoutmaster, has earned a prestigious Silver Beaver award from the Cascade Pacific Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Mitch Turner, a Gresham Scoutmaster, has earned a prestigious award from the Cascade Pacific Council, Boy Scouts of America.

"Mitch Turner is a very important part of his community. He is known as someone who will get involved, not back down from a challenge, and will respectfully stand up for what he believes is right," the council said in announcing the award.

Turner was presented with scouting's Silver Beaver award for volunteering, Thursday, April 22, during a virtual ceremony. The Silver Beaver is the highest award a local Boy Scout council can bestow on a volunteer mentor. Recipients are nominated by their adult peers and only one award may be presented for every 60 troops.

"Mitch is a good guy," said Alan Cohen, who works with Turner in scouting and is president of the board of the Eastside Theater Company, where Turner has also volunteered. "He works really well with the kids and other adult volunteers. He always tells these corny Chuck Norris jokes and the kids just love it."

Turner has dedicated many years of his life to providing service to youth, the council said in its announcement.

In his capacity of Scoutmaster of Troop 586, Turner has organized opportunities for Scouts to grow. He's headed up the Scout district's Camporee activities for the last two years. The Camporee is a regional camping gathering for Scouts.

In addition he is also an advisor to the Scouts's youth of the Order of the Arrow chapter, serving as assistant advisor for service. The Order of the Arrow is essentially an honor society of Scouting.

Turner recently has been helping at the pack level, working with his own grandson in the Webelos program.

Turner is an active member of his faith community at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Gresham, and currently serves as the district's Religious Emblems Coordinator. He also works with veterans in the area.

For eight years, Turner worked with Eastside Theater Company helping to manage the concessions and took on a more active role working with the theater youth and running the sound board for their shows.


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