Last month, the Coastal Georgia Council Boy Scouts of America presented George Ginter of Liberty County a Veterans Award for 75 years of membership in the Boy Scouts of America.
George joined the Boy Scouts on Feb. 19, 1943, receiving his Eagle Scout Rank and Bronze Palm in 1946, Gold and Silver Palm in 1947, and Wood Badge in 1962.
Over the years, he has served in many volunteer positions, including Scout Master, Explorer Post advisor, District Committee Member, and Council Commissioner. Ginter remains active in scouting today, currently serving as a Member-at-Large for the Coastal Georgia Council.
While serving in the U.S. Army for more than 24 years, he continued his membership, serving the Boy Scouts overseas as Neighborhood Commissioner in the Canal Zone from 1964 -1967 and as a Fort Bragg, N. C. Member-at-Large from 1967-1968. Ginter has traveled the world as a Boy Scout, visiting Boy Scout councils in Thailand, Korea, Japan and Holland. He served on the Boy Scouts’ National Jamboree staff in 1989, and attended the National Jamboree in 1993 and 1997, as well as the 13th World Jamboree in Japan in 1971.
Ginter has received numerous awards and honors over the past 75 years. He has been a member of the Order of the Arrow since 1946 and was awarded the Silver Beaver in 1962 and the Vigil Honor Order of The Arrow in 1979. As past Organizer and Advisor for the Canoochee Chapter of the Order of the Arrow, he received their Founder’s Award in 1998. Other awards include the Award of Merit in 1996, the Liberty District Legendary Award in 1999, the Daniel Beard Masonic Scouting Award in 2004, and most recently the National Eagle Scout Association Outstanding Eagle Scout Award in 2012.
“I have felt that I won’t live long enough to pay back to scouting what I have gotten out of it, and I have enjoyed every minute of it!,” Ginter said.
Coastal Georgia Council Scout Executive, Clif Morris added, “Likewise, we could never repay George for all he has done for Boy Scouts of America.”
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