Boy Scouts are known for their preparedness but they are never given quite enough credit for their foresight.
In 1974, Joe Paterno was the first recipient of the Good Scout Award, bestowed by the Juniata Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America to the Centre County resident who most embodies the service oriented ideals and values of the organization and its youthful charges.
Now, nearly 40 years and many banquets later, the Boy Scouts are rebranding the prize as the Joseph and Sue Paterno Community Impact Award.
“Our goal was to use their reputations to serve as an inspiration,” Brent Pasquinelli, Good Scout Dinner committee member, said.
Pasquinelli cited the the Paternos’ long record of service, which includes working with organizations like Centre County United Way and Special Olympics of Pennsylvania.
“Their priority has been serving youth,” Pasquinelli said.
Sue Paterno was also recognized with the Good Scout Award in 2007.
“Joe and I were both Scouts and I know the Scouting world and what it can do for young people. We want the Scouting world to continue to help young people become the best that they can be,” Sue Paterno said.
The award won’t officially take its new name for a spin until 2016, when the next recipient will be announced at the beginning of the year prior to the spring’s Good Scout Dinner benefit.
“I think that the two of them are perfect role models for this award. We’re absolutely delighted,” Pasquinelli said.