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Georgetown County's Black River District honors Scouting volunteers

  • Friday, December 13, 2013

  • Updated Wednesday, December 18, 2013 9:55 am

Photos Provided Kristi Ahalt, Brandon Ahalt and Sean Ahalt are in the photo with Bobby Walters, who received the Cameron Ahalt Spirit Award.


The Black River District of the Coastal Carolina Council, Boy Scouts of America held its annual awards banquet at Duncan Methodist Church on Thursday, December 5.

Black River District comprises all of the Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Venture crews and Explorer posts in Georgetown County. District Chairman Andy Gable and District Commissioner Larry Penn welcomed special guests incoming Council President Scot DuPuis, Council Commissioner Alan Walters, Council Vice President Danny Jernigan and Southern Region Area 5 Commissioner Rich Uhrich.

The following individuals received Key Three Awards, which are recognitions for service as determined by the District Chairman, District Commissioner and District Executive:

William Edwards

Suzanne Blakely

Jim Pifer

Jim Cutler

Donnie Godwin

Matt Ward

Jamie Dozier

Tommy Howard

Chris Baker

Recipients of the Black River District Award for exceptional service to the District were:

Tim Ward – Troop 396, Belin Methodist Church, Murrells Inlet

Todd Mullins – Troop 396, Belin UMC

Otto Freier – Troop 360, St. Pauls, Pawleys Island

Hunter Gable – Order of the Arrow Lodge Chief

Ray Pifer – Coastal Carolina Council

Kevin Lutz – Order of the Arrow

Rich Mermon – Troop 360

Josh Thompson – Troop 329, Andrews

Several units were recognized for their achievements:

Special Mention: Crew One, St. Pauls, Pawleys Island

Special Mention: Pack 323, St. Pauls, Pawleys Island

Most Improved Unit: Pack 329, Andrews

Pack of the Year: Pack 321, Pleasant Hill

Troop of the Year: Troop 360, St. Pauls, Pawleys Island

The Cameron Ahalt Spirit Award is presented annually by Cameron's family in memory of the young Scout who passed away unexpectedly in 2008. The purpose of the award is to recognize a Scout who exemplifies the ideals of Scouting through his dedication and leadership. This year's recipient was Life Scout Bobby Walters of Troop 360 in Pawleys Island.

The District Award of Merit is the highest award that can be bestowed on a Scouter by a District. It is awarded based on achievements attained through years of leadership at the unit and district level. This year Black River District recognized two leaders with this prestigious award.

Mike Benton serves as Senior Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 360 in Pawleys Island. He is also the founding Crew Committee Chair of Crew One in Pawleys Island. In addition he serves as the District Camping Chair responsible for district camporees and events.

Larry Penn serves as District Commissioner for Black River District. He also has served for several years as Pack Trainer for Pack 323 in Pawleys Island.

To learn more about the Scouting program in Georgetown County, visit www.coastalcarolinabsa.org or call District Executive William Etheridge at 843-566-2014.

— Times Editor Tommy Howard contributed to this article.


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