Local mentor receives Scouting’s highest volunteer award

Youth mentor Laurie Kautz is the recipient of Scouting's highest award.

Youth mentor, Laurie Kautz, of the Fort Clatsop District, Cascade Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts of America, was presented the prestigious Silver Beaver award for her volunteer efforts in February at a special recognition ceremony in her honor.

The award is the top award that a local Boy Scout council can bestow upon a volunteer mentor. Recipients are selected by confidential nominations of adult peers, and only one award may be presented for every 60 troops, making it a prominent honor.

Kautz became a Scout in Portland in the 1980s as a Sea Scout. She has served as a pack committee and den leader for Pack 540. She has served the Ft. Clatsop District as the Popcorn Kernel, day camp director, Cub Scout leader trainer and is currently the district program chair. Kautz’s prime focus has been on children with disabilities. She has two autistic children and has used her passion and knowledge of autism to support the Gearhart and Seaside school districts. She is an active member of the PTA promoting autistic children programs. She has helped Scouting and community leaders by bringing experts to present courses on the support autistic children.

As a Coast Guard member during the Portland flood of 1997, she worked search and rescue, did property watch and assisted with debris removal. As a member of the Coast Guard Reserve she earned the rank of Bos’n Mate Second Class. Kautz has worked with the local Sea Scouts and other venturing units to do joint activities, and has involved a venturing crew to help with Cub Scout recruiting.

“Since it was organized in 1910, Scouting has been dedicated to providing a fun, educational program for youths that instills values, healthy living, character development and lifelong learning,” said Matt Devore, Scouting’s Chief Executive. “These mentors continue to provide outstanding service to youths, communities, and families.”

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