Boy Scouts honor three GV leaders
Three Grass Valley Boy Scout leaders – Alice Litton, Daniel Downey and James Richardson – have been presented the Silver Beaver Award for their volunteer efforts on behalf of Scouting.
The Silver Beaver was created in 1931 and is the highest honor that can be presented by a local council to adult volunteers. The awards were presented at a recognition dinner last month in Sacramento.
As an adult volunteer with the Boy Scouts, Litton has been a den leader, Webelos Scout leader, committee member, assistant Scoutmaster and associate advisor for a venture crew. She has served as Gold Country District Day Camp director and on her district training team. She is district health and safety chair and a member of the Council Risk Management Committee.
Downey was raised in Long Beach and fondly remembers attending the National Scout Jamboree in Irvine in the early 1950s as a highlight of his youth. Since returning to the program as a adult in 1976, he has served in many Scouting leadership capacities.
Most notably, during 21/2 years of his leadership as district chairman, the local Gold Country District met the quality district standards of the Boy Scouts of America every year. He currentaly serves as a member of the district training team.
He also volunteers as a chaplain in the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital emergency room and is very active in his church.
Richardson has served Scouting as an adult volunteer for 31 years in many capacities, including den leader, Scoutmaster, unit commissioner, Gold Country District chairman and district committee member. Most recently, he served on the District Eagle Scout Boards of Review and has assisted Scouts with their Eagle service projects.
He is a retired California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection arson investigator. He is also active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in many leadership roles including his current service as bishop of the Grass Valley Ward, and he he has assisted in girls camp, overseas missionary work, and many other areas.
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