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Moore honored at Boy Scout banquet

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By Denyse Clark

 Denyse Clark

dclark@thelancasternews.com

The Palmetto Council of Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Lancaster held its Golden Eagle Dinner on Tuesday, April 1, at the University of South Carolina Lancaster Bradley Arts & Sciences Building.

The purpose for the annual event was twofold: to raise funds for scouts to attend camps and to honor a distinguished member of the community with a top-level service award in scouting.

Jim Boling, fundraiser chairman, said scouting was one of the things that helped his children evolve in society. 

“Scouting was important to my family,” he said. “I’ll always be a boy scout at heart.” 

Boling urged fundraiser attendees to give from their hearts to show their support to local scouts.

“Help me by stepping up to the plate tonight,” he said. “They (scouts) cannot succeed unless we step up to the plate to help them succeed.”

It costs more than $150 per scout per year to bring programs to the community, Boling said. 

“Our budget goal this year is $26,000,” he said. “That’s what we hope to raise.”

The money raised is used for the Palmetto Council of BSA which serves youth and families of Spartanburg, York, Union, Cherokee, Lancaster and Chester counties.

Pledge cards were passed out and after the tally, $10,050 was raised.

Todd Davis, executive director of the Palmetto Council, BSA Catawba District, which includes  Lancaster and Chester counties, touted some local scouting sucesses.

“Scouting in Lancaster continues to help young boys,” he said. “Scouting changes lives.”

In 2013, local scouts collected 3,000 pounds of food to feed 300 families, Davis said. Also, 209 merit badges were awarded. Scouts earned bronze for the second consecutive year for distinguished service to scouting.

USCL math instructor Allan Pangburn shared what it means to be an Eagle Scout.  

He said he was engaged in a conversation where he called himself “a former Eagle Scout,” but he was quickly corrected. Pangburn was told if he had done nothing to tarnish what it means to be an Eagle Scout,  that “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.”

Dr. Gene Moore, Lancaster County Schools superintendent and an Eagle Scout, was recognized with a special honor.

Moore received the Golden Eagle, the highest service award of the Boy Scouts of America, presented to a member for distinguished service in his profession and to his community for a period of at least 25 years after attaining the level of Eagle Scout. 

The award is given to a person with a significant accomplishment in his career and a solid record of continued community volunteer involvement. 

Moore is a board member of Lancaster County Partners for Youth, a member of the Lancaster County Commission for Higher Education and a member of the Lancaster Breakfast Rotary Club. For the past two years, he served as district chairman for the Catawba District of the Boys Scouts of America.

“When I grew up in Indian Land, there was not much there,” Moore said. “Being involved in scouting was a big thing.”

He urged support to scouting as a means of offering something positive in the lives of youth.

“In our role as educators, we have a responsibility to encourage young people to be involved in something positive,” he said. “We're blessed to have a community that believes in the good things like scouting.”

 

Contact reporter Denyse Clark at (803) 283-1152