Boy scout leaders receive awards

James Jones, assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop No. 199 of Lodi, was awarded the District Award of Merit.

Four outstanding Boy Scout leaders received the District Award of Merit at the Gold Country District Dinner Friday night. They are:

• James Jones — assistant scoutmaster of Troop 199 of Lodi

Jones has been an assistant scoutmaster in Troop 199 for the past 4 years. Prior to that, he was an assistant Webelos Den Leader and Den Leader for Pack 199. He has completed 47 separate scout leader training courses and has assisted with District Scout leader Roundtables. He is a biologist and an avid outdoorsman.

• Rick Francis — assistant scoutmaster of Troop 145 of Stockton

Francis has served many years as an assistant scoutmaster in Troop 145 and a venturing crew advisor for Crew 145. He was a Tiger Cub Leader, Den Leader and Webelos Den Leader in Pack 3. He has assisted many young men in achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Most recently, he helped organize the District Camporee.

• Eric Goldsmith — assistant scoutmaster of Troop 145 of Stockton

Goldsmith has served as an Assistant Scoutmaster in two troops, Troop 145 and Troop 50. He is active in the District Training Committee and has completed his Woodbadge. He has earned both the Scouter’s Training Award and Scouter’s Key. Most recently, he co-chaired the Gold Country District Camporee.

• James Daniel McLain — Scoutmaster of Troop 50 of Stockton

McLain is Scoutmaster of Troop 50 — he moved over to Troop 50 when his boys graduated from Webelos in Pack 50. He has earned the Den Leader’s Training Award, Cub Scouter’s Award and Cubmaster Award. He recently attended Scout Leader’s Wood Badge Training and is a graduate of National Camp School. Along with his wife, Lauri, James ran the Stockton Cub Scout Day Camp for three years.

The District Award of Merit is the highest award presented by the local Scout District. Nominations are submitted by other leaders in the District and the selection is made by a group of prior award recipients.

“We’re proud to honor the dedicated service these fine leaders provide to the youth of our communities”, said Cal Nash, chairman of the Selection Committee. “The committee was challenged in choosing four honorees from the group of leaders nominated.”

The Gold Country District serves Stockton, Northern San Joaquin and Calaveras Counties. Districts are allowed to choose one honoree per 25 units in the District.

Gold Country District serves 1,500 youth through 100 cub scout packs, boy scout troops, venturing crews and explorer posts. Gold Country Scouts performed 15,000 of community service last year including collecting 13,000 pounds of canned food and nearly 1,000 toys for the needy during the holidays. There were 28 young men who earned the rank of Eagle Scout, scouting’s highest youth award.

— Source: Don Parsons

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