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Two awarded Boy Scouts' highest honor

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Bob Kindmark and Greg Schoeneck of Chesterton received the Boy Scouts of America’s Silver Beaver distinguished service award at the LaSalle Council 2013 recognition dinner in South Bend on May 15.

Kindmark rose through the ranks of Scouting in New Jersey. He holds advanced degrees in American Military History and Strategic Studies and has ten years’ commissioned military service as a strategic intelligence officer, battalion staff officer, and infantry company commander. A teacher, lacrosse coach, school administrator, and educational consultant, he was a Girl Scout volunteer and a State Park Little League coach for six years and has held leadership and teaching positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He has served La Salle Council as a Den Leader and Cubmaster of Pack 924, Assistant Scoutmaster and Eagle Scout Coach of Troop 929, Unit Commissioner and District Member at Large for both Dunes Moraine and Potawatomi Districts, and Sponsor of Venturing Crew 1031, which hosts Camp Topenebee’s annual Haunted Trail. For the past five years, he has served as Properties Chair of Camp Topenebee. He holds a doctorate from the University of Scouting, is a member of the Order of the Arrow, and is the recipient of the Dunes Moraine Super Scouter Award, the LaSalle Council President’s Award, and the Dunes Moraine District Award of Merit. Kindmark lives in Jackson Township with his wife, Kandi, his daughter, Elisabeth, a junior at Brigham Young University and a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient, and his son, Jonathan, an Eagle Scout who received the 2010 LaSalle Council Distinguished Eagle Scout Service Project Award, earned his tenth Eagle Palm, and completed his ninetieth merit badge.

Schoeneck earned his Eagle Scout rank from the Chicago Area Council and is a graduate of VanderCook College of Music and Columbia University. His career in music ranged from music education to instrument sales and he has assisted the bands of Chesterton High School and Butler University. In his Scouting career, he has served as an Assistant Den Leader, Pack Committee Member, Troop Committee Chair, Merit Badge Counselor, and Assistant Scoutmaster, and has held District positions as District Committee Vice-Chair and District Eagle Board Chair. He is presently serving as Council Advancement Chair and the Chartered Organization Representa-tive for the First United Methodist Church Men’s Club. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow and the recipient of the Scouter’s Key and Dunes Moraine District Award of Merit. He and his wife, Marcia, live in Jackson Township. Their son, Greg, is a junior at Butler University, an Eagle Scout, and the recipient of the Order of the Arrow’s Vigil Honor.




Posted 5/29/2013