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Scotch Plains-Fanwood Scout Leaders Receive Silver Beaver Award

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David McIntyre (center right) and Mark Johns (second on the right) were recipients of the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America. Credits: Patriots Path Council
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CEDAR KNOWLLS, NJ -- The Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council honored Scotch Plains and Fanwood citizens at the Council's Annual Year in Review and Awards Celebration at The Hanover Manor in East Hanover on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018.

The Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council, acting through the National Court of Honor, annually awards the Silver Beaver for distinguished and noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth by registered Scout leaders. 

The 2018 Silver Beaver Award recipients included David McIntyre of Fanwood, Mark Johns of Scotch Plains. They were chosen for their outstanding service and leadership to Scouting in their communities and are volunteers who live the ideals of the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.

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David McIntyre of Fanwood

David grew up in Westfield and was a Cub Scout in Pack 172 in Franklin School and then a Boy Scout in Troop 72 in Westfield. He graduated from Drew University with a degree in Computer Science and Physics, and earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He worked for two years at IBM Federal Systems in Owego, NY, on AWACS RADAR systems and then moved back to the NYC area to start a long career in financial services. In 2011, he co-founded and serves as Chief Technology Officer for Build America Mutual, which insures essential purpose city, county and local municipal bonds.

After almost 30 years away from Scouting, David was thrilled to have his son Douglas join Pack 4 in Scotch Plains in 2006. He became assistant Cubmaster one month later, and Cubmaster the next year, and then served for five years. David and Doug joined Troop 104 in 2012, where David still serves as assistant Scoutmaster. Douglas earned his Eagle in 2015 and is now an adult leader in the Troop.  While ASM in T104, David completed three Philmont treks and a Sabattis canoe trek. He has also served as the committee chairman for Sea Scout Ship 228 in Munsee District for two years and now serves on their committee.

David served as Cub Scout Camporee chairman for Watchung Mountain District for several years and became district chairman in 2013. Watchung Mountain District earned Gold JTE all three years he was chairman. He now serves as the WMD webmaster and merit badge dean and has been an executive board member for the past 8 years. David has received numerous honors including the James E. West Award, the District Award of Merit, the PPC Trailblazer Award, the Unit Leader Award of Merit, and four 50 Miler Awards. He earned his Wood Badge as a Beaver in 2009, is currently completing his Sea Badge, and is very proud to be on the staff for the 2018 Wood Badge Course NE-358-18.

Most recently, David was named chairman of “The Sabattis Group,” the team of volunteers and professionals working to keep Sabattis Adventure Camp running well into the future. Visit sabattisgroup.org to see the group’s activities (and to donate funds to help strengthen SAC).

Outside of Scouting, David has been active in the sports car hobby, serving as the newsletter editor for the New Jersey BMW Car Club for a decade, and as the National Chairman of BMW Club Racing. He has competed in the Targa Newfoundland rally race 5 times. He is also active in the shooting sports and is an NRA-certified instructor and range safety officer. 

Mark Johns, Scotch Plains

Mark grew up in Westfield and began his Scouting history as a Cub Scout at his elementary school and later joined Boy Scout Troop 273. Mark rapidly advanced through the ranks and, after holding many positions of leadership in the troop, he obtained his Eagle Scout rank in 1985.

The ideals that Mark learned in Scouting became part of his life. As a teen he spent time working with Habitat for Humanity through his church group. He has spent 13 years as a volunteer EMT and 15 years as a volunteer firefighter in Scotch Plains. For many years, he coached PAL football, rec basketball, soccer, and baseball. 

In 1994, Mark married his high school sweetheart, Michelle, and they have two sons, Evan and Nick. One day Evan came home from school with a flyer and asked if he could join Cub Scouts and that was all it took to get Mark back into Scouting. Mark became a co-den leader of Evan’s den in 2002 and he has been active in Scouting ever since.

Mark ended up as co-den leader, advancement chair and assistant Cubmaster through the years with Pack 4. When Evan bridged to Troop 104, Mark went with him and became a committee member. When Nick was old enough he joined Cub Scouts at Pack 34, and Mark started over as a den leader. Before Nick bridged, Mark had held every leadership position in the pack, including Cubmaster, while still serving as a committee member for Troop 104. Even though both of his boys are no longer in Scouting, Mark remains active in Troop 104 as a committee member and at the district level as a Watchung Mountain District Cub Camporee Committee member for the last 7 years and a membership committee member for the last 3 years. 

Mark has been employed at New Jersey American Water as an Operator Maintenance Mechanic for the last 11 years and holds a T-3 Water Treatment and a W-1 Water Distribution License through the State of New Jersey.  

For more information on Scouting or attending the event next year, contact Amy Schwartz, Team Leader of Council Operations, at 973-765-9322 ext. 246 and/or amy.schwartz@scouting.org.

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