Quiet Hero – Daniel Ketcham
Name: Daniel Ketcham
Hometown: Grass Valley
The group I volunteer for: I am very active in the Boy Scouts of America, as well being involved with the Appraisal Institute, International Right of Way Association and Gold Country Trails Council.
What I do for the group: I am currently the scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 855, Board Member of the Golden Empire Council, Boy Scouts of America and associate adviser for Venture Crew 855.
How I got involved: I was a Boy Scout as a youth and a Sea Scout as a teenager.
Why I think this group’s work is important: Scouting brings to youth the opportunities of outdoor experiences, character development and leadership skills.
The best thing that ever happened to me on this volunteer job was: When I overhear our scouts talking about the positive and fond memories of experiences they receive in scouting.
The rewards I get from this volunteer job are: Knowing that my time and efforts as a scout leader will have a positive long-term impact on the youth I serve.
Other volunteer jobs I’ve done: Big Brother with Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization, past board president of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Nevada County, school volunteer.
I’ve lived in Nevada County since: 1988
I like living here because: The outdoor recreational opportunities that are readily available to us and having four distinct seasons.
The most important job that faces us as a community is: Maintaining our rural quality of life under the pressure of the increasing population.
I think volunteerism is important because: Perhaps never before have our youth needed positive role models than they witness in adult volunteers – particularly as found in scouting.
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