Maine Scout volunteers honored with highest local award

RAYMOND — Camp William Hinds’ new dining hall was the setting for the awarding of the Silver Beaver in recognition of the contributions by six volunteer Scouting leaders in the BSA Pine Tree Council.

George “Butch” Dawbin, scoutmaster and camp director at Camp Bomazeen in Belgrade; Pine tree Council President Jeffrey B. Doss; Scoutmaster and Pine Tree Council Committee member Steven T. Lunn; scoutmaster and Camp Hinds ranger Scott A. Martin; cubmaster and Camp Bomazeen Program Director Julie McKenney; and past scoutmaster council executive board member Ryan Poulin were presented the highest award a local Scout council can bestow upon a volunteer — the Silver Beaver — during a ceremony on March 23.
The Silver Beaver award recognizes adult scouters who provide distinguished service to their council. Recipients receive a medal, a blue-and-white square knot and a certificate.

Scott Valcourt, George “Butch” Dawbin, of West Gardiner, his wife, Katrina Dawbin, and Advancement Chair Melissa Medina. (Submitted photo)
George “Butch” Dawbin III of West Gardiner — Eagle Scout Dawbin is the current camp director and former program director at Camp Bomazeen in Belgrade. He has served for the past eight years on the Kennebec Valley District Committee and as a unit commissioner. Dawbin is also active within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, where he served as scoutmaster and cubmaster.

Steven T. Lunn, of Bath — Lunn has been active on the Scouting Council Training Team and helped coordinate the University of Scouting. He has also been on staff for treks to Philmont and Florid Sea Base High Adventure Bases. He has been active on the Amnaki Scouting District, working with Scout troops, adventure crews and on the District Training Team. He has also lent his skill at Camp Hinds. He serves on the Brunswick Fire Department.

Scott Valcourt, Silver Beaver Recipient Julie McKenney, of Belgrade, and Advancement Chair Melissa Medina. (Submitted photo)
Julie McKenney, of Belgrade — McKenney is the Bomazeen program director resident programs and day camp director. She has run the annual Kennebec Valley District Pine Wood Derby for hundreds of Cub Scouts for the past four years. She served in adult leadership roles in Boy Scout troops, as well as Cub Scout packs locally. She is an educational technician at the James H. Bean School in Sidney.

Scott Valcourt, Silver Beaver recipient Scott A. Martin, his wife Wendy Martin, Pine Tree Council Advancement Chair Melissa Medina. (Submitted photo)
Scott A. Martin, of Raymond — Martin has served as the Mountain Man director, winter camping director and was recognized with the Vigil Honor and James E. West Fellowship Awards in scouting for his service to others. Martin teaches seven merit badges and has served many positions in both Boy Scout troops as well as Cub Scout packs. He also volunteered with the North Windham Union Church as trustee, serving on their Board of Directors for 13 years and is a volunteer firefighter for the town of Windham for the past seven years. He is employed by the Pine Tree Council as the head ranger, overseeing maintenance at all five camp properties and has also served as a ranger in a volunteer capacity.

Scott Valcourt, Eagle Scout Dawson Poulin and Silver Beaver Recipient Ryan Poulin, of Sidney. (Submitted photo)

Ryan Poulin, of Sidney — Eagle Scout Poulin serves on the Pine Tree Council Executive Board and Council Camping Committee, where he has has been instrumental in advocating for Camp Bomazeen in Belgrade. He has served as chair of the Waterville Community Friends of Scouting campaign. He is past scoutmaster of Troop 401 and former Cub Scout leader as well. Poulin is the president and CEO of New Dimension Federal Credit Union and volunteers with the Sidney Athletic Association, Sidney Volunteer Fire Association and sits on local boards such as the one at Mount Merici School.

Scott Valcourt, Scout Executive Eric Tarbox, Pine Tree Council President Jeffrey B. Doss and Council Advancement Chair Melissa Medina. Doss, of Cape Elizabeth, holds his Silver Beaver Award. (Submitted photo)
Jeffrey Doss, of Cape Elizabeth — Doss reached the Life Scout level of scouting as a youth in Illinois and is the president of Pine Tree Council and served for six years as vice president for membership. Doss has been instrumental in the success of the council’s annual Maine Shooting Sports event as well. He holds fellowships at the International College of Dentists and has sat on the boards of the American Dental Society and the Northeast Dental Board among others. Doss also lends his talents to the American Dental Association and Healing the Children, where he has made multiple trips overseas to provide dental care and to repair cleft lip and cleft palates.

TOP PHOTO Steven T. Lunn, of Bath, his wife Nikole Lunn and Advancement Chair Melissa Medina. (Submitted photo)