The Deseret Peak District of the Great Salt Lake Council, Boy Scouts of America, honored 12 of their Scout volunteers with the District Award of Merit at their annual recognition dinner Feb. 27 at the Tooele Utah North Stake Center.
A selection committee reviews nominations for the award and approves a maximum of 12 recipients each year. The District Award of Merit is the highest honor a district may bestow upon a volunteer for outstanding service to youth through Scouting within the district.
This year’s recipients were Mitch Halligan, Michael Jensen, Russell Lindsay, Karen Parkinson, Jennifer Pearson, Alexander Richardson, Rebecca Simko, John Sorenson, Nancy Stallings, Mike Sumner, Marc Taylor, and Troy Timothy.
Mitch Halligan has served for two years as the Scout Committee chairman for the Pine Canyon Ward. Halligan also served for six years as a Webelos den leader and attended Wood Badge, advanced adult leader training, in 2012.
Michael Jensen of Tooele, serves on the district staff as an assistant district commissioner. Jensen has also served as a chartered organization representative, assistant Scoutmaster, Varsity Scout Coach and Venturing Advisor.
Russel Lindsay is a Varsity Scout Coach in Stansbury Park and also serves on the district varsity roundtable staff. Lindsay has also helped organize district Varsity Scout camps.
Karen Parkinson, Erda resident, has been a leader of 11-year-old Scouts for six years. Parkinson has also served as a Webelos den leader, Cub Scout committee chairman, and Cub Scout roundtable staff. She also taught at the council Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow, worked as a leader at Cub Scout day camp in Tooele County, completed Wood Badge training, and has five sons that are Eagle Scouts.
Jennifer Pearson of Lake Point is currently a den leader.
Alexander Richardson from Stansbury Park serves as the Scoutmaster of Troop 1915.
Rebecca Simko, Tooele, has served as a Cub Scout committee chairman for two years and a den leader for seven years.
Nancy Stallings, Tooele, serves on the district staff as an assistant district commissioner. Stallings has been a leader in Scouting for 28 years, including service as a den leader, Cubmaster, committee member, leader of 11-year-old Scouts, and unit commissioner.
John Sorenson, Dugway, is an assistant Scoutmaster. Sorenson has also served as an Exploring Advisor, den leader, and committee chairman. He has also served twice on national Jamboree staff.
Mike Sumner, Tooele, serves on the district staff as a unit commissioner and a member of the Varsity Scout huddle staff. Sumner was a varsity Scout Coach for three years and is a climbing instructor.
Marc Taylor, Tooele, serves on the district Venturing Roundtable staff and is a Venturing assistant advisor. Taylor has also been a Venturing advisor and a Scout committee member.
Timothy Taylor, Tooele, has been a Cubmaster for five years.
The Great Salt Lake Council, which is comprised of Salt Lake, Tooele, Summit and southern Davis counties, has 20 districts. The Deseret Peak District encompasses all of Tooele County.
The Deseret Peak District has more than 3,400 youth registered in Scouting in 294 Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Varsity teams, and Venturing crews lead by 1,936 adult leaders.