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A longtime local leader of the Boy Scouts has been recognized for his service to the organization.
Retired Maj. Gen. Bill Barron received the Silver Beaver Award, a distinguished service award that recognizes leaders within the Boy Scouts of America, this past weekend. The award was presented to Barron by the Lincoln Heritage Council.
Barron, an Eagle Scout, serves on the Hardin and LaRue County Friends of Scouting Committee. Candidates are nominated by those within the scouting community and the council selects a winner from the nominees. Barron learned he was chosen in December.
“Obviously, it’s the highest award that the council gives and I was very humbled,” he said.
He was involved in the Boy Scouts Patriot Games, which were at Fort Knox in 2005, 2007 and 2012.
Barron’s work with the Patriot Games was included as one of the reasons he was selected. More than 7,000 Scouts in a four-state area attended the games in 2012, where they saw many military displays and worked on merit badges, archery and marksmanship. Barron worked as liaison between Fort Knox leadership and the Boy Scouts.
Barron sees the Scouts as an organization creating future leaders, and that’s why it has continued to be important to him.
“The threads of scouting will prepare a young man for the rest of his life,” he said.
Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or email@example.com.