Sandy Hook Volunteer Honored With Scouting’s Highest Adult Award

MILFORD — David Barrett of Sandy Hook was recognized along with six other volunteers with the Silver Beaver award at the Connecticut Yankee Council’s Annual Recognition Dinner in January.

The Silver Beaver is the highest adult award that can be presented by the local council.

Silver Beaver recipients were nominated by their peers and selected by a committee of prior recipients for the honor. The award recognizes those individuals who have given continued, distinguished, and unselfish service to youth. Since it was introduced in 1931, fewer than 750 adults in the Connecticut Yankee Council’s service area have been so recognized.

Mr Barrett began his scouting path as a Cub Scout, receiving the Arrow of Light, and later as an Explorer. He then continued to contribute to the scouting community for more than two decades as an adult volunteer and leader.

Mr Barrett initially served as assistant scoutmaster with Newtown Troops 70, 370, and as an advisor with Explorer Post 70 for almost a decade. After a brief break from Boy Scouts, to serve as a Girl Scout leader with Troop 236, Mr Barrett then returned to Boy Scouting as a den leader with Pack 270. For the past several years, he has volunteered his time and talents once again with Troop 370 as assistant scoutmaster and with the Scatacook District.

Mr Barrett’s contributions to the district included serving as Cub Scout roundtable commissioner and currently as Boy Scout roundtable commissioner. He was second assistant scoutmaster for Troop 427 at the 2010 Jamboree and will be first assistant scoutmaster at this year’s National Jamboree. He also played a key leadership role at the Council’s 2012 ConnJam.

Both Wood Badge and Powder Horn trained, Mr Barrett has received the District Award of Merit, and has also been honored with the Tiger Cub Leader Training, Den Leader Training, Cub Scouter Training, and Webelos Leader Training Awards. He is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, Owaneco Lodge 313. Mr Barrett has served on Wood Badge Staff for Course N2-72-11-1 and is on staff for this year’s course, N2-72-13.

He lives in Sandy Hook with his wife Dawn and their children Hannah, Seth, and Abiane. He is also involved with Walnut Hill Community Church children’s ministry.

The other 2013 recipients of the award were Bruce Bowlus of Ridgefield, Michael Card of Bridgeport, Joyce Ference of Fairfield, Carolyn Dubey Jagielski of Guilford, David Lyons of Meriden, and David Mestre of Stratford.

The Boy Scouts of America, Connecticut Yankee Council serves more than 14,000 young people in Fairfield, New Haven, and parts of Hartford Counties. Scouting’s purpose is to develop youth into good citizens by instilling in them the values contained in the Scout Oath and Law. For more information, visit www.ctyankee.org.

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