Richard Hess – 2019 Silver Beaver Award Honoree

Dick Hess is one of those unbelievably dedicated Scouters that always seems to be present and totally engaged at each and every district and council event.

Dick currently serves as Assistant District Commissioner for the Pioneer District, in addition to his role as Chartered Organization Representative for Pack and Troop 51, chartered to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Camp Hill.

A Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow (2014), Dick’s adult Scouting career began as a Webelos Den Leader (1971-75) for Pack 90 in Shepherdstown, before assuming the role as Scoutmaster for Troop 90 in 1975, a position he would go on to hold for eight years.  For his outstanding service to youth, Dick received the District Award of Merit.

After stepping down as Scoutmaster, Dick would go just about 20 years before reengaging as a Scouting volunteer.  When he and his wife, Darlene, joined the congregation at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Dick filled out a survey as a new church member on which he indicated his past service as a Scoutmaster at a time Trinity was looking for a new Chartered Organization Representative and he was immediately appointed to that position.

In addition to his role as Assistant District Commissioner, Dick is an active participant on the Pioneer District’s Activities and Training committees.  During the summer months, Dick is a volunteer summer camp commissioner at the Council’s Hidden Valley Scout Reservation and Camp Tuckahoe.

Dick’s service to youth outside of Scouting includes six years as a baseball coach for the Upper Allen Baseball Association and he served as a youth group and Bible School volunteer for 12 years at Calvary United Methodist Church in Lemoyne.

The New Birth of Freedom Council is pleased to present the Silver Beaver Award to Richard L. Hess.