EAST HANOVER, NJ – Residents, Scouts and township leaders gathered in East Hanover to honor two Towaco residents at the third annual Boy Scouts of America Good Scouts dinner, held at the Hanover Manor Nov. 21.

Former Board of Education president and Good Scout award recipient herself Karen Cortellino served as MC for the evening and said, “This evening’s recipients have been chosen for their outstanding community service, their dedication and leadership in our community, and the respect and esteem in which they are held by their colleagues, friends and neighbors. I believe we are truly blessed to live in a community like ours – a community where so many people give and are dedicated to giving back. Where our future leaders – our youth – have such outstanding role models for what it means to serve others.”

Cortellino said the award is a thank you from the scouts, who consider service to be one of its core values.

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Terry Cavanaugh

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Also a Good Scout award recipient, fellow Towaco resident, Towaco Civic Association President, and mother of two Eagle Scouts, Daria Senaldi introduced honoree Terry Cavanaugh.

“For those of you who may not be aware, a good scout is someone who has served as an exemplary role model for the youth of our community,” she said. “Let me share with you how Terry embodies this definition by her lifelong commitment to education. Terry has been a special education teacher and a learning disabilities consultant for over 30 years. She began teaching in the Lincoln Park school system, and then became a special education teacher at Montville Township High School. During her tenure at Montville Township High School, she founded the Youth Job Registry and Conservation Corps, which has since been renamed and come to be known as the Key Club and Guidance Department. Those of you who know Terry know this was just the start of a lifelong commitment to students, specifically those with disabilities. Terry’s reputation of demanding excellence followed her throughout her career. As many of you know she is not easy – just the opposite, she demands respect, commitment and dedication from her students. One of Terry’s most notable contributions was founding the Learning Disabilities Association of America on behalf of adults and children whereby support, information and resources are available for those in need.

“Terry is very strong willed and fights for what she believes in.  Her commitments are unwavering. As a result, over the last 25 years, Terry has been recognized countless times by the county, state and nationally for her contributions to education. Her awards include Sam Kirk Educator of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Woman of Achievement, awarded by Douglass College and she remains a member of the Montville HS Hall of Fame,” Senaldi said.

Cavanaugh said she was grateful and humble for the honor. She said she has supported scouting since she was a scout, when the Girl Scouts recycled in the 70s before it was popular.

“Scouting is so much more important today when we have so much need for our young people to get involved,” Cavanaugh said. “I know the great projects all of you scouts have done.”

Cavanaugh said that she worked with her father in insurance when she was 17 while she paid her own tuition and attended Seton Hall. Her Seton Hall advisor told her father that even if she got a perfect score on the underwriting exam, she would never become a College of Life Underwriters because she was a woman.

“Needless to say, we all know how that went,” she said.

George Kamper

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Bob Davidson, former Montville Boy Scout Troop 74 troopmaster and current Patriots’ Path Council administration member, introduced recipient George Kamper.

Davidson noted that Kamper’s grandfather was also a scoutmaster in the mid 1920s, when Boy Scouts was in its infancy. Kamper served as troopmaster from 2013 to 2015 when his son Max joined 74. He also served as committee chair from 2015 to 2018.

“I’m sure one of his proudest moments was when Max earned his Eagle rank in 2015,” Davidson said.  (Read about it here.) “During those five years, 42 scouts earned the Eagle rank. I know George will say he had a lot of help and support from troop leaders and parents, and that is true, but I also know that every one of those scouts did it the right way, because that’s the way George is.”

Davidson said Kamper is vice chairman of the Council Advancement Committee, a member of the Presidents’ Council, a member of the Fishawack District Operating Committee, he serves as a district Eagle [rank] advisor, mentoring scouts on their trail to Eagle, he is a merit badge counselor and a council instructor.

Kamper said he really embraced scouting because he finds it a way to give back to the community and he enjoys working with the kids.

“One of the biggest pleasures I’ve had is walking into this room and seeing the guys from Troop 74 in this room here to support me, and one other person in this room, whom I had the honor of I mentoring to his Eagle, Justin is here as a surprise,” Kamper said. “This is the kind of reward you get – to see the advancement and success in life [of the scouts].  

Mayor Richard Conklin was on hand and offered his congratulations. Deputy Mayor Frank Cooney, a Good Scout award recipient himself, as well as Township Committee Member June Witty, attended the ceremony too.

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