Local scouter Willis Mossman was recently awarded the Silver Beaver during the Conquistador Council Annual Banquet in Roswell. (Courtesy Photo)
Local Scouter Willis Mossman, assistant webelos leader with Pack 360 (now Pack 97, chartered by the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church) of the Oil Patch District, was awarded the Silver Beaver on Feb. 1 during the Conquistador Council Annual Banquet in Roswell.
Mossman became involved in Scouting in 1999 with his sons and has held the positions of Den Leader, Cubmaster, Scoutmaster and is a committee member for the district council. He returned to Scouting to keep Scouting alive for other young men and boys in Lea County.
He has volunteered his time to teach new Cubmasters/Scoutmasters their roles in organizing a pack/troop, and to run pack events, such as “space derby,” “belt loop bonanza” and fishing days.
During the presentation of the award, Mossman was recognized for his leadership and for his pride and professionalism in his representation of Scouting.
The Silver Beaver Award was established in 1931 to recognize registered Scouters of exceptional character who have provided distinguished service within a council.
Recipients of this award are registered adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth, implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service. The Conquistador Council presented its first Silver Beaver in 1934 to the late E. B. Bullock and George B. Jewett.
Out of the 500 registered scouters, two Silver Beaver Awards were presented this year.
The other recipient of this year’s Silver Beaver Award was Robert Flynn, of Artesia, who served as the Conquistador Council Scoutmaster to the National Scout Jamboree in 2013.
To learn more about Scouting in the area, visit conquistador-bsa.org or Scouting.org.