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Scouting Bio for one of our Members-at-Large Dave Gingras

Dave joined Scouting in 1957 as a member of Troop 189 in Ardmore, PA. He became the troop's first Eagle Scout in 1961 and earned 6 palms.  He earned the God and Country and Union League Awards.  He was the Main Line Chapter Chief in Delmont Lodge 43 and took the Vigil in 1964.  He served Delmont Lodge 43 as Lodge Adviser in 1990-92 when they became a National Honor Lodge.   In college he served as a Commissioner in Philadelphia and worked at Hart Scout Reservation.  He took Wood Badge at Hart in 1971 and later directed NE IV-49 there.  He has also directed Wood Badge Courses at Onteora and Alpine. In 1976 he joined the Manhattan Training Committee and was elected to the Manhattan Executive Board in 1979. He was Manhattan Council President from 1983-87 and was the Bronx Council Commissioner from 1999 - 2004.  He received the Silver Beaver in Manhattan in 1984 and the Silver Antelope from the Northeast Region in 1988.   His son, Peter, worked at TMR in 1979.  Dave staffed several week-long Wood Badge Courses at TMR and was the MC for several Alumni Association meetings at TMR.  He has worked in Special Guest Reception at the 1989, 1993, 1997, 2001 and 2005 National Jamborees.  He was the Northeast Region Chairman for the World Jamboree in Canada in 1983 and served as head of  English Speaking Security at the World Jamboree in Chile, 1998-99.  He served as a Northeast Region Camp Visitation Specialist and is COPE qualified.  He was a Section Director (Scoutcraft) at National Camp School and also served on the Shooting Sports Staff at Hawk Mountain.  Other awards include the God and Service, Shofar, Whitney Young, George Meaney, Spurgeon, Distinguished Commissioner, Scouters Key, Scouters Award and District Award of Merit (Minquas District, Cradle of Liberty Council).  March 2007 marked his 50th year in Scouting.  He enjoys walking throughout Ten Mile River during the deer hunting season to see the parts of the camps you cannot get back into during the summer.  He has two Eagle Scout sons and his grandson, Carter, is a Life Scout in West Palm Beach.  His daughter was a Den Leader and his son in law recently completed Wood Badge!  He served as the Senior Intelligence Officer (G-2) with the New York Guard during the World Trade Center Response and Recovery and retired from FEMA Region III in Philadelphia.  He is a Certified Track and Field Official covering meets in the PSAL, CHSAA and NCAA.  He now works as a Force Management Analyst on classified Army contracts for L-3 Communications, a global security company.