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Exemplifying servant leadership in their mission to serve Scouting.

oday, Terry Dunn serves on the Boy Scouts of America’s

National Executive Committee as vice presi- dent of council operations. The Dunn Family Staff Base Camp at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve was named to recognize the support he and his wife, Peggy, have given to Scouting. The Heart of America Council in Kansas City, Mo., awarded Dunn the Silver Beaver Award,

the Central Region bestowed on him the Silver Antelope Award and the national council awarded him with its highest achievement, the Silver Buffalo Award, in 2003. But it wasn’t always like

that. Dunn’s tenure as a Boy Scout at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roeland Park, Kan., did little to hint at his future accomplishments. The way he tells the story, he got through Cub Scouts OK, but hit a snag at summer camp as a Tenderfoot.

“The first night I was

in camp, a copperhead was killed down by the latrine,” Dunn recalls. “I attended camp for a week, didn’t use the restroom, and went home and told my dad, ‘I don’t think I’m cut out for Scouting.’” Fortunately for Scouting,

Dunn didn’t let the experi- ence keep him out of the movement forever. He became involved as an adult in the troop his three sons joined. “That’s when I really experienced the true meaning of the Boy Scouts and how it changes lives,” he says. He was invited to serve on the board of the council, and from there he made his way into national positions. For Dunn, the benefits of

being a Scouter compensate for any youthful aversion to venomous reptiles. “I believe there is a personal responsi- bility that each of us has to lead and to try to provide meaning in your life for not only oneself but others,” he explains. Scouting, he says, not only prepares a youth to

Terry and Peggy Dunn first learned of Scouting’s value as their three sons rose through the ranks, two of whom advanced to Eagle. Now, they work to help more youth experience Scouting — whether it’s by supporting local Scouts in Kansas City’s Heart of America Council or at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., where Terry (second from left) spent time during the 2010 jamboree.



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