The 2014 District Award of Merit, Ft. Clatsop District Boy Scouts of America, was awarded to Ryan Larsen, Troop 628 on May 8 at the annual District Dinner.
In presenting the award to Ryan the presenter, 2013 District Award of Merit winner John Tanksley, shared that Ryan has been involved in scouting even before he was old enough to join. He built his first pinewood derby car at the age of 5. Carrying the tradition of the Pinewood Derby over to his adult scouting career Ryan has assisted not only in Packs 628 and 211’s pinewood derbies but also for the past 4 years in the District Pinewood Derby.
Ryan brought his love of the out of doors and camping to “rainy Clatsop County February’s” when he moved here by organizing two Camp In’s at the Astoria Elks Club for the Boy Scouts and the Cub Scouts.
To continue the tradition of scouting with his family Ryan’s Mom did the calligraphy on the Award Certificate and his Dad created a special belt buckle to be presented along with the Award of Merit. The belt buckle had been designed by Ryan’s Dad in honor and memory of a long time family and scouting friend.
As a youth Ryan’s scouting career included earning the Eagle and 2 silver palms and attending National Jamboree. He was also involved in the Order of the Arrow during which time he was awarded “Vigil Honor”. As an adult Ryan is still involved in the Order of the Arrow and has served as a volunteer both in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. He has assisted in training, including being a staffer at Wood Badge.
When Ryan isn’t busy serving in scouting he volunteers as a rescue diver for the Clatsop County sheriff’s Dive Team. He spends his working hours as a Certified Physician’s Assistant in Orthopedics at Columbia Memorial Hospitals Health and Wellness Pavilion. Congratulations Ryan.