Outstanding Citizens Being Honored at 6th Annual Berkeley Heights Good Scout Award Dinner

Mr. Dennis M. Toft
Mrs. Carol Gieser Cunningham
Mrs. Libby Corydon-Apicella
Mr. Daniel J. Bernier

The Patriots’ Path Council, Boy Scouts of America are honoring local citizens at the 6th Annual Berkeley Heights Good Scout Award Dinner on the evening of Wednesday, October 5, 2011, at The Primavera Regency, 1080 Valley Road, Stirling, NJ.  This year’s honorees are Mrs. Libby Corydon-Apicella, Mr. Daniel J. Bernier, Mrs. Carol Gieser Cunningham and Mr. Dennis M. Toft.

The event recognizes the outstanding citizens who serve as exemplary role models, chosen for their outstanding community services as evidenced by the interest and leadership they have demonstrated within the community of Berkeley Heights.  They are citizens who live the ideals of the Boy Scouts of America, as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.

Daniel J. Bernier is Director of the Division of Park Planning and Environmental Services in Union County and also Caretaker of the Deserted Village in Feltville; an Eagle Scout, Silver Beaver & OA Vigil Member, Scoutmaster of Troop 23; Cubmaster of Packs 468 and 23; Former Camp Director (4 years) & Staff (4 years) at Winnebago Scout Reservation and Former Lodge Chief & Northern New Jersey Section Chief in the Order of the Arrow.

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Libby Corydon-Apicella is an Independent Travel Consultant & Certified NYC Multilingual Tour Guide; Founder and President of Creative Arts Support Team; Trustee of the Wharton Music Center; Executive Board Member  of Union County Academy for the Arts, PTSO; Troop Dinner Chair & Rubber Ducky Committee Member in Troop 368 and Partner to the Annual Italian Cultural Exchange at Columbia Middle School.

Carol Gieser Cunningham is the Director of Westminster Nursery School; Former Den Leader and Pack Committee Chair, Cub Scout Pack 384 Transatlantic Council of the American Community School in Cobham, England; Former Treasurer and Executive Board Member in the Highlander Booster Club; Current Trustee and Grants Committee Chair and Former President & Executive Board Member of Berkeley Heights Education Foundation.

Dennis M. Toft is a Member of Wolff & Samson Law Firm, a Distinguished Eagle Scout and Silver Beaver; Trustee, New Jersey Chapter- NAIOP; Vice President, Trustee and Executive Board Member of the Patriots’ Path Council, BSA; Finance Council & Eucharistic Minister at the Church of the Little Flower; Former Watchung Mountain Finance & District Chair and Former Cubmaster of Pack 268 and Former Committee Chair of Troop 68.

Over the past six years, this event has raised significant revenues, all to support the youth programs provided by the Patriots’ Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The Township of Berkeley Heights has a very active Scouting program for some 300 youth in three Cub Scout packs (for boys ages 7 up to 11) and two Boy Scout troops (for boys ages 11 to 18), all sponsored by the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights; two Venturing crews (for young men and women ages 14 to 21), sponsored by the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society and Friends of Sabattis and one Exploring  Post (for young men and women ages 14 to 21), sponsored by the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad.  Overall, Scouting throughout the Patriots’ Path Council, BSA now reaches approximately 20,000 youth in five New Jersey counties. 

For more information on the Berkeley Heights Good Scout Award Dinner or on Scouting in Berkeley Heights, please contact Grant Van Eck, District Executive 973-765-9322 ext. 250 and grant.vaneck@scouting.org  

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