South Plains Council of the Boy Scouts of America holds their 4th annual Distinguished Citizen Award Breakfast.
The event was held in the Sundown Room at South Plains College in Levelland. It began with Levelland Scouts leading everyone in the Pledge to US Flag, Scout Honor and Scout Oath.
The 2012 Annual Report was presented from the South Plains Council. The Scouting program is a “Blueprint for Success.” The blueprint offers youth discovery and adventure that includes teachable moments in which a child can develop skills and inner strengths. Let’s consider the impact Scouting has had on the lives of young people on the South Plains over the last year. The efforts of more than 1300 adult leaders made a year of enormously positive consequence for 5,100 youth and their families in the South Plains Council. The South Plains Council has 3,467 youth registered in traditional Scouting programs and an additional 1,642 youth are registered as participants in Learning for Life programs. It was reported that during the Scouting for Food drive more than 60,000 pounds of food was gathered from the South Plains area. 174 Boy Scouts attended Summer Camp and 488 Cub Scouts attended Cub Camp.
Troop Leader Dr. Jeff Young of Levelland presented the Distinguished Citizen Award. This years recipient, Mark Holcomb, was born in Pampa, TX and grew up scouting in Stanford and Sweetwater Texas. He has 2 sons who were also very active in Boy Scouts, participating in Troop 625 which is chartered by the First Presbyterian Church in Levelland which is Holcomb’s church home. Both Mark and his wife Judy were active in the scouting program. Holcomb worked in education for many years, starting as a teacher/coach in Brownfield where continued to pursue a Masters Degree in Education from Texas Tech. He served in the US Army National Guard from 1970-1976 before taking a coaching position at Lubbock High for a short time before he moved to Levelland ISD in 1978 and worked at the campus administration level on several campuses before moving to Central Office where he served as Curriculum Director then Assistant Superintendent and was Superintendent of Levelland ISD from 2009 until his retirement in 2012. He currently works part time with the Region 17 office in Lubbock as a liaison for the Region 17 superintendents.
KLVT radio has always had a good working relationship with Holcomb and we join with the South Plains Council of the Boy Scouts of America in saying Congratulations for being awarded the Distinguished Citizen for 2013.