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Richard A. Silvius, of Bath, receives his Silver Beaver award at the Minsi Trails Council recognition dinner held Jan. 26. He was honored as a Scout leader who made an impact on the lives of youths through years of hard work, sacrifice and dedication.Press photo by Mark Kirlin Richard A. Silvius, of Bath, receives his Silver Beaver award at the Minsi Trails Council recognition dinner held Jan. 26. He was honored as a Scout leader who made an impact on the lives of youths through years of hard work, sacrifice and dedication.Press photo by Mark Kirlin

Bath Scout leader receives award

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by MARK KIRLIN Special to The Press in Local News

The Boy Scouts of America Minsi Trails Council held its special recognition dinner and annual business meeting Jan. 26 at East Hills Moravian Church, Bethlehem. The evening consisted of distinguished awards handed out to individuals who exemplified Scouting traits through their character and actions.

Richard A. Silvius, of Bath, was one of seven recipients of the Silver Beaver award. He was joined by Chadd B. Gray, of Cresco; Sten Oswald, of Sugarloaf; Ryan N. Possinger, of Stroudsburg; Tamie H. Swain, of Bethlehem; David B. Wandersee, of Phillipsburg, N.J.; and Kelli F. Webb, of Easton. The Silver Beaver award is a council award created in 1931 and given to local adult Scouting leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youths through their years of hard work, sacrifice and dedication.

Other honors were the Alumnus of the Year award and the Outstanding Eagle Scout awards. Robert K. Smith, of Emmaus, received the Alumnus of the Year award. He is a coffee maker, arrowman and head commissioner of the Trexler Scout Reservation. The Alumnus award is a nationally recognized achievement given to individuals who, over a long period of time, have used the skills and values learned through Scouting and applied them to careers and avocations.

The recipients of Outstanding Eagle Scout awards were Claude Kohl Jr., of Whitehall, retired Allentown fire chief; William H. Coles, of Emmaus, retired president of Dun and Bradstreet; Bryan L. Hill, formerly of the Pocono area, retired superintendent of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission; and Douglas G. Reichley, of Macungie, current Lehigh County judge and former state representative. The Outstanding Eagle Scout award is an honor given to Eagle Scouts who have demonstrated outstanding achievement by distinguishing themselves with a lifetime of achievement through their beliefs, avocation, community and professions.

The Minsi Trails Council was created in 1969 with local Scouting heritage dating back 105 years. The council provides leadership and character development to 10,150 youth members with 5,000 adult leaders and 233 Eagle Scouts. The council area of coverage includes Lehigh, Northampton, Monroe, Carbon, Luzerne and Warren counties.