Scouting volunteers recognized at annual dinner

The Boys Scouts of America Three Rivers District recognized 65 volunteers at a March 2 dinner at the Brookhall Event Center in Blaine.

Jamie Lamprecht, district director, said the whole district includes 1,017 volunteers supporting 1,282 Cub Scouts in 33 packs, 828 Boy Scouts in 29 troops and 53 youth in seven Venturing crews. These are just registered volunteers – cwountless other parents and family members are integral in the success of the scouting program, he said.

The Boy Scouts of America Three Rivers District recognized numerous volunteers at a dinner celebration March 3. The highest award, the District Award of Merit, was awarded to David Klemm (district commander from Blaine), Kevin Connelly (district boys activities chairperson) and James Albee from Boy Scout Troop 509 out of Andover. Submitted photo

The Boy Scouts of America Three Rivers District recognized numerous volunteers at a dinner celebration March 3. The highest award, the District Award of Merit, was awarded to David Klemm (district commander from Blaine), Kevin Connelly (district boys activities chairperson) and James Albee from Boy Scout Troop 509 out of Andover. Submitted photo

“Our program can’t operate without volunteers,” Lamprecht said.

The highest honor that can be bestowed on a volunteer is the District Award of Merit. Lamprecht said each scouting district can award up to three people each year. Those recognized March 2 were David Klemm, a district commissioner from Blaine; Kevin Connelly, a district activities chairperson from Blaine; and Andy Albee of Troop 509 in Andover.

Each of these men have been helpful behind the scenes or in a more visible role, according to Lamprecht. For example, Klemm helps grade each troop leader on their performance, Connelly sets up the audio and visual equipment at all the big events and Albee visits different troops to help raise money for district activities.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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