Northgate Geologist Dana Brown Receives Scouting Program’s District Award of Merit

Dana Brown_BWNorthgate Geologist Dana Brown was recently awarded The District Award of Merit, the highest award the Long Beach Area Council can give to an adult volunteer in the Scouting program.

Having been a Cub, Boy, and Explorer Scout from kindergarten to age 18, as an adult Dana recognized the opportunity to “pay back” the Scouting program as a volunteer. Since 2011, he has served as Unit Commissioner and District Commissioner, and is currently the Dean of the Commissioner College. In 2014, Dana achieved his Bachelor of Science degree in Commissioner Science and was awarded the Commissioner’s Key award for service to his unit. In 2015, Dana received his Masters of Science degree and is currently working on a Doctoral project in Commissioner Science.

Dana also serves as a merit badge counselor for the Environmental Science, Geology, and Mining in Society (MIS) merit badges.  In the fall of 2016, he conducted four classes for MIS that resulted in 61 Scouts completing the requirements for this relatively rare merit badge. Additionally, Dana teaches Earth Rocks classes to Cub Scouts, Earth Rocks and Geology at Council events, and Map, Compass, and Orienteering courses at leader-specific training events.

The District Award of Merit is presented to Scouters who render service of outstanding nature at the district level, and each year there is one awarded per approximately every 25 Scouting Units. The Los Fierros District, where Dana serves as the District Commissioner, will present the award at their annual dinner on January 19th.

Congratulations, Dana Brown, on your honorable services and award!