GREENE COUNTY — Eilanna Price and Rich Dieslin received the Silver Beaver Award at the Boy Scouts Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner on June 7 recognizing their outstanding contributions to the local Scouting program.
The Silver Beaver Award recognizes registered adult Scouters of exceptional character who have provided distinguished service within a council. It is the highest award a local Boy Scout Council can present to a volunteer. The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a council‐level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council.
Eilanna Price distinguished herself by exceptionally meritorious service in the unit, district, and council as a Den Leader, Troop Committee Member, Crew Advisor, District and Council instructor. Her greatest asset to Tecumseh Council came from Eilanna’s educational knowledge in First Aid and certifications from the American Red Cross and Emergency Care and Safety Institute. She has taught numerous classes in CPR, AED, First Aid and Wilderness First Aid.
Her expertise and willingness to accommodate as many Scouts as possible was instrumental in many units meeting the requirement to have Scouts and Scout Leaders trained in Wilderness First Aid in order to participate in high adventure outings. Many Venture Scouts obtained their Ranger Awards due to her unselfish relentless pursuit of training Scouts in First Aid. She also helped numerous Scouts as a counselor for First Aid and Emergency Preparedness Merit Badges.
Price helped form the Tecumseh Council Venture Officers Association for Venturers (Scouting’s co-ed high school program) and organized the Annual Area Venturing recruiting weekend at Camp Birch. She was the first in Tecumseh Council to be recognized with the Council Venturing Leadership Award.
She has been a Troop 71 Committee Member since 1996, started Crew 71 in 2001 and expertly supported the Crew as Advisor for 12 years, including advising on trips to Northern Tier and Philmont. She was a Den Leader and Webelos Leader in Pack 68 and actively supported many Church, Community and Girl Scout activities, including serving as a Girl Scout Leader. Eilanna and her husband Pat are the proud parents of a son and daughter, Jeff an Eagle Scout and Jill, Girl Scout Gold Award. Through her distinctive accomplishments, Mrs. Price reflected great credit upon herself, Tecumseh Council and the Boy Scouts of America.
Rich Diesslin distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious service as a Scout and Scouter from Cub Scouts to the Executive Board from 1963 to today. During this period, his outstanding professional skill, initiative, and Scout spirit tangibly contributed to the Mission of the Boy Scouts of America. He earned the Arrow of Light then became an Eagle Scout in 1972.
Taking the Scout Oath and Law to heart, he continued to give back to the Scouting Movement as a Cub Scout leader in Pack 68 from 1994 to 1999 and a Committee Member in Troop 71 from 1998 through today. His sons both earned their Arrow of Light, one earned Star and the other reached Eagle. He led or participated in numerous Troop outings, conducted youth leadership training and led four high adventure trips to Sea Base. Rich doesn’t simply wear the Eagle Badge, he personifies the spirit of the Eagle.
Diesslin was instrumental in many boys in Tecumseh Council greatly expanding their confidence and leadership skills. He was instrumental in managing and improving Tecumseh Council’s Summer Camp Program at Camp Birch in Yellow Springs as Camp Director in 2009 and 2010. Rich initiated an improved staff selection and training process, operated a Summer Camp Program in the black for the first time in years, added family style dining, a new trading post, flexible merit badge scheduling, conducted the first ever Venture Summer Camp in the Council and added a third week of camp.
He has brought notoriety to the Tecumseh Council through his “Knots” Cartoons published throughout the country, as staff Cartoonist on four National Boy Scouts of America Jamborees and his work on the National COPE and Climbing Task Force. He also provides expert advice on the Tecumseh Council Executive Board. Through his distinctive accomplishments, Diesslin reflected great credit upon himself, Tecumseh Council and the Boy Scouts of America