2017-04-19 / Community & Local News

Clarence Nutting receives District Award of Merit

Clarence Nutting and his wife, Gayle Clarence Nutting and his wife, Gayle STRONG — Clarence Nutting of Strong was recently awarded the District Award of Merit for Kennebec Valley District for Boy Scout of America. This is given to adult Scouts who provide great service.

Nutting, AKA Buster, has been involved in Scouting for many years. When his grandson joined Scouts, Nutting jumped in to help. When the boy and his family moved to Augusta, Nutting made the weekly trip from Strong to Augusta and even became Scoutmaster to make sure the program flourished. When the state granted him and his wife custody of his grandsons, he returned to the Strong troop where he has been in several positions. He has been the Cubmaster of the local pack for several years while continuing to be part of Troop 500’s committee. He eventually became Scoutmaster. He is currently the advancement officer for the troop.

Nutting is always available to work with Scouts. He helped with construction of the troop’s trailer which started as the body from a refrigerated van box. According to those who work with him, he has the knowledge, skills and patience to guide Scouts to build this trailer from the ground up. He is a wealth of knowledge in many areas. He was the guide for a recent Eagle project that involved building bridges across small streams and he served as Cubmaster for the Pack in Strong and helped build the trailer needed for the troop equipment.

One would think that after his grandson aged out of the program Nutting would slow down. Fortunately for the Scouts in Strong and Kennebec Valley District this has not been the case as he has been helpful with camporees, the Bomazeen Old Timers and Camp Bomazeen.

He was joined by his wife, Gayle, for the presentation. Nutting was nominated by Chuck Smith of Strong.

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