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Boy Scout district thanks adult leaders

Terrora District Committee Chair Becky Pittman applauds John Lampley, who received the District Award of Merit Terrora District Committee Chair Becky Pittman applauds John Lampley, who received the District Award of Merit

The Terrora District of the Boy Scouts recognized adult leaders during its annual banquet last month.

The district made up of Henderson and Transylvania counties presented it highest adult leader honor to John Lampley, an assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 628, father of two Eagle Scouts and, for the past two years, chaplain at Philmont Scout Ranch.
Lampley has worked as a volunteer leader for both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, hiked hundreds of miles around western North Carolina as well as hiked most of Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, said Terrora District Committee Chair Becky Pittman. "If you would use a word from the Scout Law to describe this individual it would be 'kind.' OK, two. The second being 'reverent.'"
An assistant scoutmaster in Troop 628, Lampley "has won multiple mentor pins from Eagle Scouts," the award the Scout gives to the adult leader whose guidance has meant the most. "As one of the letters of recommendation said, he caught the Philmont fever and has served the past two years on the chaplain staff and will go again this summer," Pittman said.
As training chair for the Terrora District, Lampley coordinates and tracks training for troop leaders throughout the two-county area.
"He has a kind heart and as another letter stated he has always been someone that anyone, not just the boys, could go to for help, a kind word and the knowledge of all aspects of Scouting," Pittman said.
Lampley, a Hendersonville native, thanked his fellow leaders for the recognition.
"There's nothing in my life that has more significance than my involvement with Scouting," Lampley said. "It's had more impact than anything else I've been able to do."
James Leveritt and Charles Webb presented Sparkplug Awards, for adult leaders who had the most impact on their Cub Packs and troops, to Ben Kelpin, Pack 602; Shane Murphy, Pack 605; Chris Swain, Pack 612; Chad Marshall, Pack 611; Kerrie Gosnell, Pack 613; Debra Ramsey, Pack 617; Pete Spahr, Pack 620; Aaron Saft, Pack 624; Rachel Hendrix, Pack 652; John Crawford, Pack 701; and Rhonda Owen, Pack 703; Michelle Becher, Troop 601; Scott Featherstone, Troop 602; Charles Keefer, Troop 604; Mark Corn, Troop 605; Robin Williams, Troop 613; Greg Hedrick, Troop 622; Karen Easley, Troop 624; and Tom Savage, Troop 628.