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Posted on: November 3, 2020

Jim Morton Honored with Mayoral Award for Exemplary Community Service

Jim Morton

The town would like to recognize a long time resident who has quietly and selflessly accumulated over 3 decades of community service in the 21771 area.

Jim Morton moved to Mount Airy 1977. 

Having earned the rank of Eagle as a young man, and in the sprit of community service, Jim became involved in the Cub Scouting program as a Webelos Den leader with Pack 460 at Calvary United Methodist Church in 1985. A year later, he became the Assistant Cubmaster, and then Cubmaster from 1988-1989. Jim moved on from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts with his sons and soon became the Scoutmaster of Troop 460. For the last 30 years Jim has served as a role model to some “300 plus” of Mount Airy’s young citizens who joined Troop 460. At last count Jim had served as Scoutmaster to 96 scouts that earned the rank of Eagle Scout. To achieve the rank of Eagle, a Scout must perform a project benefitting their community. Many of these were accomplished in our town’s parks, schools and churches. And each of those projects had to meet Jim’s high standards and gain his approval prior to commencing any construction or labor. In effect, Jim has spent 30 years improving Mount Airy through the Scouting program.

Jim also served as Course Director for a Baltimore Area Wood Badge Training event where over 8 years he has trained over 240 adult scout leaders. 

He has been recognized by both the Carroll District and Baltimore Area Council with the: Silver Beaver Award, Vigil Honor/Order of the Arrow, James E. West Award, Scoutmaster Award of Merit, Scoutmaster Training Award and Carroll District Award of Merit. 

Jim believes that given the chance, any scout will achieve his, or her goal of becoming an Eagle Scout. Mount Airy’s young men, AND WOMEN, come into the Scouting Program with wide eyes and uncertainty of how to achieve the goal of becoming an Eagle Scout.  But through communication and leadership guided by the Scout Oath and Scout Law, as fostered by Jim’s leadership, these young men AND WOMEN become contributing citizens in our community with a sense of pride and dedication to continued service! It is an honor to offer this coin of gratitude to Jim Morton this evening in recognition of decades of service to the Town of Mount Airy. Thank you!

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