Lewes resident among honorees of Boy Scouts award

John Brady

LEWES — Lewes resident John Brady has landed a prestigious scout’s honor saluting his longtime service to scouting and the community.

One of six 2019 recipients of Silver Beaver Awards from the Boy Scouts of America Del-Mar-Va Council, Mr. Brady and the other honorees will be recognized Wednesday, March 20 at an awards night event at the Cheswold Volunteer Fire Company.

Mr. Brady, who began as a Cub Scout in 1967 and earned his Eagle Scout honor in 1976, has been involved in scouting for 25 years, having served in numerous capacities.

He was recently informed of his Silver Beaver Award by Wayne Stacy, a former district chairman in scouting who nominated Mr. Brady.

“I was surprised,” said Mr. Brady. “And I cried. I called my dad. My dad was my first cubmaster in 1967. They came to organize the Cub Pack. I wanted to join. They needed a cubmaster and my dad was president of parish council up at Christ Our King in Wilmington. That’s how I got involved, in Pack 77 in 1967, when I was a second-grader.”

The Silver Beaver Award recognizes outstanding service by volunteers to scouting and their community. The Del-Mar-Va Council encompasses all three Delaware counties, two on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and about a half dozen counties in Maryland.

In scouting Mr. Brady has served on various camp staffs, organized fundraising, worked as a professional scouter in New Jersey and New Hampshire, and volunteered in other scouting capacities, including Sea Scout training. He is a former District Executive at Monmouth Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Additionally, Mr. Brady is a past recipient of the Vigil Honor, which is the highest honor that the Order of the Arrow can bestow upon its members for service to lodge, council and scouting.

A lawyer for a good part of his adult life, Mr. Brady also served 14 years as an elected official. He has served as Register in Chancery, Sussex County Recorder of Deeds and Clerk of the Peace as well as Chief Deputy Register of Wills for Sussex County and former Deputy Attorney General for the state of Delaware.

Mr. Brady recently “retired” from his news reporter position with NBC’s coastal WRDE, and now is the law librarian for state courts in Georgetown. He also hosts a Saturday talk show several times monthly on local radio station WGMD.

“I’m staying busy … and happy,” Mr. Brady said.

The other 2019 Silver Beaver Award recipients are David Machinski, Jamie Pyle, Timothy Holly, Wayne Parsley and Thomas Watts.

Tickets for the March 20 recognition event are $35 per person. There will be heavy hors d’oeuvres starting at 6 p.m. followed by the program. To register online, visit www.dmvc.org/councilrecognition.

For additional information, call 622-3300.

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