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Scout leaders presented Award of Merit

Three adult Scout leaders were recently honored for dedicated service to the Susquehanna District of the Pennsylvania Dutch Council, BSA.

Joseph F. Flaim, of Troop 28, Paradise; Howie Hartman, Troop 56, Strasburg; and Donald H. Wilson, Pack and Troop 76, New Providence are the 2022 District Award of Merit Recipients in the Susquehanna District.

Flaim has served in numerous positions, including Den Leader for Pack 28 for 13 years, Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 28 for 7 years and is currently the Pennsylvania Dutch Council Popcorn Chair, a position he has served in for several years. He is currently completing his Wood Badge Ticket. He has earned several training and other awards in his Scouting career including the Religious Award. He has completed New Leader Essentials, Cub Scout Basic Training, Boy Scout Basic Training and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.

Hartman is a Scouting veteran of more than 10 years. His tenure has included positions both in Pack 286 as a Den Leader and Cubmaster as well as Committee Chair and Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 56. He has served as an Order of the Arrow Chapter Advisor for the past five years and was awarded Adult Arrowman of the Year in 2016. He served on the National Youth Leadership Training staff in 2015-2016 and has been part of the Council Dinner Committee. Over the past 24 months, he has been instrumental in keeping Pack 286, Troop 56, and the Order of the Arrow Chapter active. Hartman has earned the Den Leader’s Training Award, has completed his Wood Badge (2014), and is a Vigil Honor Member of the Order of the Arrow. Wilson is the Chartered Organization Representative for Pack 76 and Troop 76. He is also an Assistant Roundtable Commissioner for the Susquehanna District.

Wilson has earned many awards through his Scouting career including the Arrow of Light and Eagle Scout Rank as a youth, Brotherhood Member of the Order of the Arrow, Wood Badge, Scouter’s Training Award, Scouter’s Key, the Daniel Carter Beard Award, the Commissioner Arrowhead Honor, District Scouter of the Year, and the Commissioner Commendation. He has completed training in Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, Commissioner Basic Training, Powder Horn, and has completed his master’s degree in the College of Commissioner Science. He is also trained in Swimming Water Rescue and is a certified Range Safety Officer.

For more information on Scouting for boys or girls, contact Sheila Fasig, Susquehanna District Executive, at 717-553-4203 or visit

Source: Berkshire mont

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