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Mid-Columbia Scouting honored at Council



RECOGNITION: Mid-Columbia District Scout leaders with their medals. Front row (l-r) are Jeff McCaw, Russ Patton, Kari Croke and Nick Kirby. Back (l-r) are John Pereira, Rick Denis and Gary Hesselink.

Volunteers gathered in Damascus, Ore. on Feb. 25, for the Cascade Pacific Council Court of Honor, celebrating 100 years of Scouting. The Council began in 1916 as the Portland Council.

As part of the celebration, awards were bestowed on area Scouts and Scouting programs, including honors for some in the Mid-Columbia District, as follows:

• Journey to Excellence, John, Gary and Rick Denis gold medals for meeting a variety of requirements in operating the Scouting Program in such a way to promote excellence.

• Russ Patton was awarded the Silver Beaver Award.

• Kari Croke received a medal for membership with an eight percent growth in enrollment, tied for top honors in the Council.

• Nick Kirby awarded a medal for Cub Camping for having the highest percentage of Cubs in the Council attending Twilight camp and resident camps.

The District also received recognition for attaining 115 percent of their 2015 Friends of Scouting goal in fund raising for the Council.

The District shared honors for starting the most new Packs (3) in the Council. They include Dufur Pack 536, chartered by the Dufur First Christian Church, Goldendale Pack 551, chartered by the Goldendale United Methodist Church, and White Salmon Pack 384 chartered by the White Salmon United Methodist Church.

Mid-Columbia District, with the formation of new Packs and the recruitment into existing Packs placed seventh out of the top 15 Districts in 12 Councils in the Western Region Area 1, which includes Alaska, Washington, Oregon and parts of Idaho, with a 56 pe


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