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November 9, 2013

Scouts honor Schwab with Distinguished Citizen Award

CUMBERLAND — Doug Schwab was honored for lifetime achievements in Scouting at the Potomac Council Boy Scouts of America  fifth annual Distinguished Citizen and Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner held recently at the Cumberland Country Club.

Schwab was recognized with the Distinguished Citizen Award for his civic endeavors dating back to 1969 when he became an Eagle Scout.

Kevin Turley, Potomac Council president, used a PowerPoint presentation in reviewing Schwab’s life journey and noted, “Doug has had a much more significant impact on this community and those around us than just in Scouting.”

This year marks Schwab’s 51st year in Scouting, beginning when he joined Cub Scout Pack 20, and then Boy Scout Troop 4, where he earned his Eagle Scout award while he was a student at Allegany High School. For his Eagle project, he helped four disabled young men for two weeks at Friends Aware Camp located at Camp Potomac.

He became the founder of Troop 89 for Scouts with disabilities, served as its Scoutmaster for more than 30 years and continues to be very active in the troop.

Schwab has attended six World Boy Scout jamborees and three national jamborees, including the 2013 event in July when he was on the working staff at its new permanent site, the Summit Bechtel Reserve in southern West Virginia.

After graduation from Allegany High in 1972, Schwab enrolled at Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science (now Philadelphia University), where he received a bachelor’s degree in apparel manufacturing. Shortly thereafter, he joined the family business, S. Schwab Co., a manufacturers of children’s clothing, as data processing manager and took the company’s systems from manual and punch-card processes to a global integrated information technology system that was state-of-the-art.

He has been married to Betsey Hurwitz-Schwab for 33 years and they are the parents of two sons, Avi and Eli, who were unable to attend the dinner but delivered video tributes to their dad during the program.

In his acceptance speech, Schwab said, “I really appreciate this award and I’m very humbled to be on a list with (past recipients) Ivan Hall, Buck Belt, Kim Leonard and both of my parents (the late Leonard and Jane Schwab).”

He also introduced Walter Frederick, who was his Scoutmaster in Troop 4, telling him, “I want to say thank you for all the things you did for me along the way.”

Potomac Council’s Eagle Scout classes of 2012 and 2013 were recognized by Don Olsen, council executive, who reviewed the Scouts’ community service projects and said they had logged a total of 1,948 hours working on them to attain the Eagle designation.

The Eagle Scout class of 2013 includes Earl Finzel Ill, Troop 42, Frostburg; Travis Paugh, Crew 31, Oakland; Samuel Thomas, Troop 57, Swanton; Evan Harman, Troop 63, Petersburg; Matthew Mines, Troop 10, LaVale; Joshua Thorne, Troop 60, Moorefield, W.Va.; Craig Westfall, Troop 27, Keyser, W.Va.; Blake Meyers, Troop 49, Grantsville; Colby Adams, Troop 9, Cresaptown; Jacob Mellott and Cody Williams, Troop 35, New Creek, W.Va.; and Gabriel Kiddy, Troop 24, Frostburg.

Members of the 2012 Eagle Scout class are Kevin Fagga, Troop 76, Delray; Devin Burke, Nathan Turley and Aleksander Detrick, Troop 29, Ridgeley, W.Va.; Jacob Beal and Evan McIntyre, Troop 9, Cresaptown; Austin Hueg and Michael Diehl, Troop 10, LaVale; Connor Eberly, Braden Ishler and Eric Stevens, Troop 42, Frostburg; Michael Lawson, Troop 32, Romney, W.Va.; Brandon Tichnell, Troop 57, Swanton; Seth Miller, Troop 1, Oakland; and Jacob Williams and Joseph Burdock, Troop 53, Grantsville.

Potomac Council serves 1,400 young people in Allegany, Garrett, Mineral, Hampshire, Hardy and Grant counties. With the support of the professional staff, more than 600 adult volunteers give their time and talent to help the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers and Explorers of this region.

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