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Skovera resigns after 43 years

Jean Skovera, of Pulaski, has resigned after 43 loyal years of involvement with the Boy Scouts. Skovera has been a dedicated volunteer to pack 4031 ever since one of her sons got involved.

“I had no idea how to scout when my son asked me to come to one of his meetings,” said Skovera.

After attending her first meeting, however, she began to enjoy scouting and likes to share that experience with young scouts from the community. Skovera has played numerous roles throughout her years with the scouts, including assistant den leader, den leader, den leader coach and committee commissioner. She also helped her husband who was a Webelo leader, and worked with her pack to help boy scouts in neighboring communities get their packs started.

In addition to boy scouts, she also served as an assistant leader for a girl scouts troop.

During her time, Skovera has received numerous awards, including a trailblazer award from the Bay Lakes council, outstanding volunteer award, the Silver Beaver award for national recognition among others. In fact, one of the flags of from her pack 4031 was flown over the White House.  Skovera’s community involvement doesn’t end with Boy Scouts. She has also been involved with many other community projects as well.

Skovera helped start project SOAR (Save Our American Resources), which encourages scouts of all ages to get involved with community or conservation projects. She also had her scouts clean Shippy Park on E. Pulaski Street in Pulaski, every spring, and helped to organize the first bicycle youth and inspection rodeo in 1975.

Part of the reason she stayed involved with the boys scouts for so long was the fact the she was being a positive role model for the boys at an early age.

“Keeping a positive attitude is very important.” Skovera said.

Skovera believed in making her meetings with scouts fun and interesting.

“One of the things I will miss the most is working with the boys and watching them receive their awards. The scouts will have a special place in my heart,” Skovera said.

-by Trevor Mueller

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