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Wyoming Scout leader named scouting ministry specialist

May 21st, 2012

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KEMMERER, Wyo. –– In 1975, Rodger A. Salzman began his scouting career as a Cub Scout in Springfield, Ill.; 37 years later, he is still involved in scouting.

He now serves as Tiger Cub leader, assistant scoutmaster, and assistant commissioner of the Trapper Trails Council. He also serves on the Scouting and Youth Services Committee of the Alpha Phi Omega and is the chairman of the Wyoming chapter of Sons of American Revolution Eagle scholarship program.

Salzman has been named chair of committee coordinating activity for the Alpha Phi Omega at eh 2013 National Boy Scout Jamboree. This will be the fourth national jamboree he has attended as a member of the exhibit staff for the national service fraternity. He will go to the site in July for a test run of the new West Virginia site. Previous jamborees have been held at Fort AP. Hill in Virginia.

As a scouting ministry specialist, Salzman will be available to help Wyoming churches begin or expand their scouting ministries. As an Eagle Scout, he is well equipped to serve that role.

Salzman has made five trips to the Philmont Scout Camp in northern New Mexico. He has participated as a youth on treks across the Sangre de Cristo Mountains; he also attended as a member of the back-country staff, and as a participant in classes at the Philmont Training Center. He has also taken an explorer troop to the Florida Sea Base and taken boys down the Buffalo River in Arkansas and a kayaking trip in New Hampshire.

He has also served as commissioner of Camp Laramie Peak in southern Wyoming, Camp Buffalo Bill in central Wyoming, Camp Director of Camp Bunn in Central Illinois and chair of a senior day camp.

In 2002 he was a Program Director for a Cub Day Camp in Wyoming and a leader in a group on a canoe trip from Wisconsin to the Minnesota border with his future wife, Rosa.

An adviser and camp leader and staff at scores of Scout camps, he received Wood Badge beads in England and received the Silver Beaver Award in 2003 at Eureka (Ill.) College. He has also received a District Award of Merit and the Herbert G. Horton Award from National Scouting and Youth Service Committee of Alpha Phi Omega.

Wyoming churches that are interested in expanding their ministries to young people have a great advocate and counselor in Rodger Salzman. Contact him at rsalzman@att.net.