Long Beach Council of Boy Scouts had their annual recognition dinner at The Grand on Feb. 21, when Eagle Scouts, Venturing Scouts and Silver Beaver recipients were honored for their scouting. There were 280 people in attendance for the Italian buffet dinner and program. There were 56 Eagle Scouts, two Venturing and five Silver Beaver Awards distributed.
Eagle Scouts range from 14 to 18 years of age. They have earned more than 25 Merit Badges and completed a final community project. Eagle is the highest rank in Scouting.
The Silver Beaver award is the highest adult recognition for service to a local council and given upon recommendation from the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The award is identified by a blue-and-white striped ribbon with a beaver symbol. Silver Beaver recipients for 2012 were Lauren Ansorge, Michael Devine, Tova Gottesmann, Beverly Hadley and Rosemarie Talag.
Venturing Silver Awards were presented to Sean Gray and Luis Bryan Santiago. The awards are the highest award presented to a youth member in the Leadership Venturing program.
Eagle Scout Ryan Mace spoke of his experiences in Scouting and earning his award, and Scout executive John Fullerton welcomed and congratulated Eagles, Venturing and Silver Beaver recipients and commissioners. Among other accomplishments this year, there have been 35,000 hours of service to the community. Past Council President, Jim Jeffery received a Golden Eagle for his service, financial contributions and service to the Council.
The Long Beach Area Council serves more than 4,500 Scouts in Avalon, Bellflower, Lakewood, Long Beach and Signal Hill.
Source: LB Boy Scouts Council