George Bolling Scout of the Year

Veteran Carl Cook awards George Bolling the 2019 Scout of the Year Award for VFW Post 3296.

George Bolling was recently awarded Scout of the Year for 2019 by Harold Kinne VFW Post 3296. He is the son of Jim and Teri Bolling.

George has been involved in Scouting with Troop 1536 since he started as a Cub Scout in 2007. His interests are diverse as his vast array of merit badges indicate. He has experienced a myriad of opportunities in his efforts to earn them. As well, there have been challenges, and George has faced each with courage and determination.

Eligibility requires candidates be a recipient of the Eagle Scout Award, Girl Scout Gold Award, Venture Summit Award, or Sea Scout Quartermaster Award; be a registered, active member of a Scout Troop at the time the award is received; and have demonstrated exemplary citizenship in school, Scouting, and community.

The benefits of Scouting speak for themselves. George is a young man with all the attributes a society could hope for.

An Honor Roll student from 2015 to 2019, George graduates this week from Orofino Junior/Senior High School with a total of 40 dual college credits. He has an impressive record throughout high school sports to include football, wrestling, and baseball.

“I am thankful to all my coaches for making me a better student athlete and a better student in general,” said George, “I’d like to give a shout out to Tony Snyder for always believing in me and pushing me to be the best.”

George has recently signed a letter of intent to wrestle for Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD, where he will study environmental science.

Scouting has made an impact in George’s choice of careers, in his exposure to the outdoors and love of nature. Environmental science was a conceivable choice for George, but it was interesting to hear him talk about other things that helped to influence his decision.

Among many great experiences, George shares that former scoutmaster John Elsbury is remembered for the quote, “Nothing is given to you,” it was about having to work for something and then about taking care of what you have. The concept applied to many things, particularly, respect for the environment.

It was the following scoutmaster, John Chatfield, George credits for helping him “to grow from a ‘snothead’ to a respectful young man, one who grows from his mistakes instead of interpreting them as punishment. Scouting has given me an opportunity to grow, love, and gain better communication skills.”

One of his favorite excursions was canoeing down the Clearwater River with his brother James, John Elsbury, Brian Palmer and the late Dr. Lyndon Bishop.

The most challenging course of all for George was scuba diving, noting he wasn’t comfortable beneath the water.

Community Service

George has an amazing list of service to his community. The list is long, but just some of the things he has helped with were: Roadside cleanup during Arbor Day from 2007-2018; Volunteer at the wildfire relief center 2015; Collected and disposed of garbage during Chamber of Commerce events; Volunteer Cadet Fireman 2015-2018; Volunteer Fireman 2018 - Present; Volunteer youth basketball – referee, youth baseball – umpire, and youth wrestling – coach; Volunteered to help Pyro Maniacs set up Fourth of July fireworks show; Helped refurbish the OHS baseball field with sod; and Shoveled sidewalks in front of local businesses and commons area.

George acquired his Eagle Scout award in October of 2018. His project was cleaning and painting the exterior of the ManiYAC Teen Center, located on the Orofino Jr/Sr. High School campus. The center looks sharp and is clearly a task done well.

George encourages all boys who haven’t explored Scouting, to contact current leaders of Troop 1536, Stan Leach (208-476-7132), or Chris Gerhart. Scouting is learning about yourself and learning about others, it’s an unforgettable experience and teaches kids skills they’ll use a lifetime!

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