Mayor Bach is committed to helping youth develop to assume positions of responsibility and leadership. That’s one of the reasons why he attended the Pikes Peak Council’s Friends of Scouting Breakfast recognizing 2012 Heroism and Summit Award Recipients.
More than 600 gathered to recognize Jordan Evans with a Heroism Award for potentially saving his grandmother’s life. He is also one of nine Scouts selected from 2.5 million nationwide to deliver the Report to the Nation to Congress. They also recognized 2012 Summit Award Recipients, Kyle Winchell, Connor Gosselin, Donald Sotomayor-Seurer and Cameron Hickert.
(L-R: Scoutmaster John Walker, Jordan Evans and family)
The Pikes Peak Council Summit Award winners are outstanding in their own unique way. They are nominated by unit leadership and include letters of recommendation from teachers, Scout leaders, volunteer coordinators, activity leaders and others. Each recipient has made significant contributions to Scouting and their community.
(L-R: Kurt Kofford, President, Pikes Peak Council of the Boy Scouts with Summit Award winners, Kyle Winchell, Connor Gosselin, Donald Sotomayor-Seurer and Cameron Hickert standing with Mayor Bach)
The keynote speaker, Ron Young, was an Iraqi Freedom POW, Apache helicopter pilot and training officer in the U.S. military. His story of capture, imprisonment and eventual rescue is a testament to teamwork, leadership and perseverance. He is also an Eagle Scout.
In 2011, the Friends of Scouting breakfast helped the Pikes Peak Council raise over $350,000, which was $60,000 more than in 2010. This year, the breakfast alone raised over $300,000, contributing a significant amount to the 2012 goal of $380,000.