U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, right, and Boy Scouts President David Williams. Courtesy photo
During a visit to the Gorham Scout Ranch, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján accepts the Silver Beaver Award from David Williams, President of the Boy Scouts of America’s Great Southwest Council.
SANTA FE – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District visited with members of the Boy Scouts of America Thursday at the Gorham Scout Ranch in the foothills of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains.
Members of the Great Southwest Council presented Luján with the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award a council can give. He was joined by Council President David Williams, Council Scout Executive Chris Shelby, Program Director Caryl Sharpe, and Rob Wright, District Executive for Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico of Boy Scouts of America.
In presenting the award, Williams acknowledged Congressman Luján’s focus on families, his steadfast commitment to youth, and his advocacy for tribal communities as evidenced by his legislative record of fighting for Tribal Colleges and Universities as well as Hispanic Serving Institutions.
“It is a tremendous honor to receive this prestigious award from an organization that has helped prepare generations of boys to become tremendous leaders in their community,” Luján said. “I am privileged to have had the opportunity to meet and work with so many bright young scouts who are excited to explore and learn more about the world around them. I want to recognize and thank President David Williams, the team at Gorham Scout Ranch, and all of the volunteers who give their time and energy to work with the scouts and help them grow and succeed while learning valuable lifelong skills.”
“The Silver Beaver Award is the highest distinguished service award that a BSA Council can bestow upon an individual, and Congressman Luján is receiving this award in recognition of and gratitude for his tireless service to families and youth in our communities,” President Williams said.
During the visit to Gorham Scout Ranch, Lujan toured the facilities and participated in shotgun practice.
Established in 1989 as a center for outdoor skills training and high adventure, the ranch provides youth from around the Southwest the opportunity to participate in camping and skills programs including archery, horseback riding, rock climbing, swimming, and rifle and shotgun shooting.