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Local Boy Scout leader wins Silver Beaver Award
Silver Beaver
Cam Southerland, current district commissioner of the Boy Scout’s Etowah District, was awarded the Silver Beaver Award, which is given “to recognize registered Scouters of exceptional character who have provided distinguished service within a council.” - photo by For the FCN

A Forsyth County Boy Scouts leader has earned one of the highest awards in scouting.

Cam Southerland, current district commissioner of the Boy Scout’s Etowah District, was awarded the Silver Beaver Award, which is given “to recognize registered Scouters of exceptional character who have provided distinguished service within a council.”

Southerland has been “continuously involved” with Boys Scouts of America since joining Troop 1 in Dante, Virginia, in May 1950. He attended the 1953 BSA National Jamboree at the Irvine Ranch, California.

Since then, he has served as assistant scoutmaster, scoutmaster, neighborhood commissioner, unit commissioner, assistant district commissioner and district chairman.

Southerland has been state evaluator for the Scout of the Year Award for the Veterans of Foreign Wars and is a Wood Badge recipient, a national leadership course. He served as Boy Scout Coordinator for Rotary International District 6900 from 2003 to 2009.

Professionally, he served with the U.S. Army, where he spent two tours of duty in Vietnam, until retiring in 1983 and was a Department of the Army civilian until 2004.

Southerland has a commercial pilots license and earned a degree in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Southerland and his wife, the former Margene Shelton, live in Cumming. The couple attends First Redeemer Church and has one son and twin grandsons.