The El Dorado District of the Golden Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America held its annual recognition event last Thursday, celebrating volunteers who tirelessly work to provide a fun and safe program for registered youth. The district includes packs, troops, teams and crews from Folsom to Pollock Pines.
El Dorado Hills residents Dan and Kim Stein and their sons Greg, 14, and Chuck, 13, received the Scout Family of the Year award.
“When Greg joined Cub Scouts at 8 years old the family followed,” Kim explained.
Today she is an Assistant Scout Master for Chuck’s troop 465 and Dan is a committee member.
“Dan and I enjoy mentoring and watching the youth grow and mature into fine citizens with the skill sets and leadership learned through discipline and hard work,” Kim said.
Greg is an Eagle Scout and a freshman at Oak Ridge. He told Village Life his favorite parts about being involved in Boy Scouts. “I’ve earned over 40 merit badges and I’ve enjoyed learning about all the different job opportunities and skills available to me,” he said. “My favorite merit badge, so far, has been the Aviation Merit Badge, with shotgun and rifle following close behind. Through campouts and summer camps I have also met friends from Chico, Fresno, San Luis Obispo and even Wisconsin.”
Seventh-grader Life Scout Chuck Stein said, “I enjoy service projects, especially the El Dorado Hills clean up. It’s fun to see all the stuff people throw away. I also love the overnight climbing and going to summer camp.”
The District Award of Merit, commonly known as the Silver Bear, was awarded to Philip Mosbacher of Placerville, Mark and Diana Sleeth of Shingle Springs and Ronald Zurawski of Cameron Park. The award is for “noteworthy service to youth” in scouting.
“It’s about the boys,” said Mosbacher of the reason he’s stayed involved in Boy Scouts, starting 14 years ago with his now 22-year-old son’s troop. Mosbacher’s taken on advisor roles over the years as well.
“It’s not about you; it’s about the boys and giving them a program,” he continued. “When you put your uniform on and when you don’t they’re always watching you.”
“I’ve been in scouting with Mr. Mosbacher ever since I started in 2009 when I was 11 years old,” said Pollock Pines student Jay Revolinsky, a junior at El Dorado High School. “I still work with him today in Venture Crew 88. You always feel comfortable around him whether we’re camping or even if you’re having a bad day.”
Gary Gorans of Rescue and Russell Wilcox of El Dorado Hills received the Eagle Mentor award for their service to Boy Scouts who have earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
“Without extraordinary mentoring the majority of Boy Scouts do not earn this award,” said parent and award organizer Nancy Cowley. “Figures differ, but it is safe to say that only 4 to 6 percent of Boy Scouts nationwide earn the rank of Eagle Scout.”
“The Boy Scouts looks like a guided program,” said Mosbacher about why he values the organization. “But it’s really about teaching life and organization skills the boys don’t even know they’re getting.”