to be honored for scouting
and community involvement
dinner planned for Feb. 10
(February 2008) When boys join the Boy Scouts
of America, they take an oath that says: On my honor I will do
my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;
to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
For 75 years, Madison, Ind., resident Perin Scott, 88,
has taken that oath seriously and lived it to the letter. Scott has
dedicated his life to helping others in the community through civic
organizations and his church, and he has also been a mentor and role
model for hundreds of boys involved in scouting.
Scott will be recognized for his dedication and commitment to his community
and scouting at 2 p.m. on Feb. 10 at Mavericks Restaurant. Scout members
plan to award him with the Boy Scouts of Americas Distinguished
The dinner is also a fundraiser for the Hoosier Trails Council Endowment,
which helps finance scouting in a variety of ways. Money collected at
the dinner will be added to the endowment in Perin Scotts name,
said Hoosier Hills District Director Kelly McMurphy. There will be several
prominent speakers at the dinner, including Madison Mayor Tim Armstrong,
former Madison Mayor Al Huntington and U.S. Congressional candidate
Perin Scotts dedication and commitment to scouting is simply
invaluable, said McMurphy. Quite frankly, we dont
exist without people like Perin.
Scotts scouting career began back in 1932, when he as 12 years
old. I would sit at the gate of Camp Louis Ernst and dream of
going there to camp, said Scott in an interview conducted last
year about scouting.
He has been in every position in scouting, from troop member to district
director. He has earned Eagle Scout, the highest honor in Boy Scouts.
The Eagle Scout Award is a highly-recognized achievement throughout
the world. He has also been given the distinguished Silver Beaver Award
McMurphy said it is extremely rare that someone would stay actively
involved in scouting for 75 years. I have worked for numerous
councils throughout the country, and I dont know of anyone else
who has done this, he said.
Even when Scott was at West Point Military Academy and during World
War II when he was an U.S. Air Force pilot, he kept his membership in
the Boy Scouts of America current.
Don Riley, 70, one of the organizers of the event, said Scott was his
Scoutmaster. He has been an idol to a lot of boys, including myself,
When Riley left Madison to join the U.S. Marines, he had only earned
the rank of Star Scout. But he said during those long three years in
service, he had plenty of time to reflect upon all that Scott had taught
him about the importance of Eagle Scout. I just kept thinking
about the value of that award, and I knew Perin was right about it.
When he got out of the service, an opportunity came for Riley to take
over as Scoutmaster of local troop No. 17. Alongside his boys, Riley
worked hard and at the age of 21, earned his Eagle Scout Award. I
cant thank Perin enough, he said.
But scouting was not the only community organization Scott has been
involved in. I honestly cant think of a board of directors
or trustees that my father hasnt been involved with, said
his daughter, Penny Sanchez. He loves Madison and is dedicated
to his community.
Some of his civic work has included the Rotary Club, the Kings
Daughters Hospital and Health Services Board of Directors, and
the Madison Consolidated School Board. Scott was also involved in getting
the Madison Regatta formed. For years, my father could be seen
manning the gates of the Regatta, said Sanchez.
In 2001, Scott received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award for civic responsibility
from then Indiana Gov. Frank OBannon.
But his community work still doesnt end there. For 22 years Scott
led the Bible Study Fellowship in Columbus, Ind. He retired from that
position just last year. He taught Sunday School at the Trinity United
Methodist Church in Madison for decades and is still on the Board of
And through it all, Scott has continued to go to work daily at his E.
Perin Scott Insurance Co.
The ceremony to honor Perin Scott is open to
the public. Reservations are required and seats at the dinner range
from $25 to $200. For more information about the event, call (812) 336-6809.
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