Gordon D. Holl has accomplished much in his Scouting career, which began all the way back in 1958. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1968, and then became an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 399 in the Valley Forge Council. Gordon served in that capacity until 1996, interrupted only when he stepped forward to serve as the troop’s Scoutmaster from 1976-77.
A self-employed dairy farmer, Gordon served as Scoutmaster for Newville Troop 174 when his son crossed over from Webelos into Boy Scouts. At that time, Troop 174 was inactive with only two members. Five boys crossed over into Troop 174 that year, raising the troop’s membership to seven Scouts. By 2014, Troop 174 had grown to 32 youth members.
A member of First United Presbyterian Church of Newville, Gordon is the proud father of an Eagle Scout son and a daughter who achieved the Gold Award in Girl Scouts. The Newville American Legion Post also honored him in 2011 with the I. Glenn Boldosser Award, given in recognition of Outstanding Community Service.
In addition to his role as a Scoutmaster, Gordon has also served as a merit badge counselor, district committee member, unit commissioner, Order of the Arrow chapter adviser and the organizer of the Newville Merit Badge College. He is also a recipient of the District Award of Merit, Scouter’s Key and Scoutmaster Award of Merit.
The New Birth of Freedom Council is pleased to present the Silver Beaver Award to Gordon D. Holl.