Curtin honored with Silver Beaver Award

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People who are closely connected with the Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts of America will describe David Curtin as the epitome of a perfect scoutmaster.

He has drawn praise for his volunteerism and the valuable lessons in leadership he has imparted to countless Scouts over the years.

Those are just some of the reasons that Curtin was recently honored by Narragansett Council as one of seven recipients of the prestigious Silver Beaver Award.

Curtin leads Johnston Troop 20, which is based at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish on Atwood Avenue. He received the honor during the council’s 2019 Meeting/Recognition Dinner held at the Venus de Milo in Swansea, Massachusetts.

According to Scout Executive Tim McCandless, who doubles as CEO of the Narragansett Council, the Silver Beaver Award was created in 1931. Over the years, it has been presented to deserving and qualified leaders who have exemplified hard work and self-sacrifice during their Scouting service – those “who have made a profound impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council,” McCandless said.

As tradition dictates, council members may not seek the award themselves and are only eligible for consideration through nomination by their volunteer peers.

“David is indeed a worthy recipient of the Silver Beaver Award,” said Daniel Friel, program and communications director for the Narragansett Council. “As an adult leader, David has served the youth of our council as a scoutmaster for the past 12 years and has also participated in the Merit Badge University the past 14 years.”

“David has nurtured over 20 boys to the rank of Eagle Scout including his two sons,” reads a description of Curtin’s service. “With his religious upbringing, being educated in law and adhering to the Scout law, his life truly denotes noteworthy service of exceptional character for the youth in Troop 20.”

Professionally, Curtin is an attorney who serves as chief disciplinary counsel for the Rhode Island Supreme Court.

The other six Silver Beaver Award recipients are Christopher Bianco of Riverside, Edward Broderick of North Kingstown, Patricia Hayes Gomm of Warwick, Marcia Kenyon of Narragansett, David Knox of North Attleboro and Matthew Lang of Coventry.

Mike Montecalvo, an anchor for WPRI-12 and FOX Providence, was honored with the Narragansett Council’s prestigious North Star Awards for his commitment and service to the annual Scouting for Food Drive over the past 25 years.

“Congratulations to the Silver Beaver Award recipients,” Montecalvo said during his acceptance speech. “It’s an honor to be recognized by the Boy Scouts of America for my work with Scouting for Food. This vital program is not only a teachable moment for children but also helps families in their time of need.” 

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