Grosse Ile resident Brian Maghran has been unanimously selected by the Boy Scouts of America Mahican District as Scoutmaster of the Year.
Maghran has been the scoutmaster of Grosse Ile Troop 1261 for five years, and embraces the responsibility with skill and enthusiasm.
As he follows the boys from Cub Scout Crossover throughout their entire involvement in scouting, he works tirelessly to ensure every scout has a positive experience. Maghran watches the boys with a sharp eye and never tolerates bullying. He believes in developing leadership skills, and has initiated some bold ideas with amazing outcomes.
For example, he encouraged a new scout with art abilities to take charge of a sizable Webelos event in art, which has become a yearly event to the delight of the Cub Scouts and their leaders. Through Brian’s encouragement, several Eagle Scouts were inspired to speak at local civic events. In addition, Brian has empowered the youth to take charge of their Troop. With his guidance, Troop 1261 has become a truly scout-led organization, with the scouts making the major decisions and adults available in an advisory capacity.
It has been Brian’s personal mission to encourage each boy to experiment with leadership and reach for the next level of leadership experience. Brian has incorporated many advancement opportunities into troop activities and campouts.
Besides well-rounded weekly troop meetings, an active monthly camping program, a monthly swim program, and a week-long summer camp, Brian has introduced the troop to high adventure opportunities. A Scuba Awareness Day generated excitement and enthusiasm. It has led to scuba certification for many, and the Scuba Adventure at Florida Sea Base.
Other recent high adventures include the National Jamboree, Out-Island Adventure at Florida Sea Base, Philmont Expedition, and this summer, will include a Northern Tier canoe trip. Brian has tirelessly organized each event with itinerary, transportation plans, fee schedule, tour permit, health forms, and Wilderness Survival requirements.
Maghran has regularly communicated with the local Cub Scout leaders and planned joint events to meet their needs. Each month, a Webelos den, or Bear den, joins the Boy Scouts an hour before the Troop meeting. Together the Scouts journey through their advancement in Handyman, Engineer, Fix-It, First Aid, Art, Whittling Chip, and Firem’n Chit. Brian also has regularly volunteered the Troop for services in the community, from general island clean-up, to Sunset Beach clean-up, and Westcroft Garden clean-up.
Under his steadfast leadership, troop membership has doubled and continues to climb each year. Twenty percent of the current troop members come from off-island communities outside of Grosse Ile Township. Adult participation has risen significantly. The scout to adult ratio is one to one at some campouts. Amongst the scouts and adults, one can feel the positive vibes of adventure.
Maghran has been a Merit Badge counselor at both the Troop and District level. His expertise in Merit Badges includes Plumbing, Electricity, Auto Mechanics and Stamp Collecting. He has traveled far with his portable utility sink, drain, and snake to provide service to other troops upon request. And, many free oil changes were performed by Troop 1261 in the pursuit of the Auto Mechanics Merit Badge. For the past seven years, Brian has served at the annual Merit Badge Mania. Each successive year, he has recruited additional adults to serve in their respective area of expertise.
This January, with encouragement from Brian, eight other scouters from the Troop also served as advisors at the Mahican District Merit Badge Mania. Brian has been an Order of the Arrow advisor for the past four years. He has also earned the District Award of Merit.
Brian Maghran has been a dedicated scout leader and inspiring role model. Brian has earned the respect of both the youth and adults in the Troop. He has demonstrated his passion and commitment to the Boy Scout organization through his ability to nurture the youth, promote a culture of servant leadership, and empower the boys in their leadership endeavors. He has provided a strong advancement and retention program through innovative activities, opportunities to engage and mentor Cub Scouts, and introduction to high adventure. He has also provided support for the District by being among the first to volunteer for district level assignments, even though his employment demands 10-12 hour days. He regularly shows appreciation to all adult leaders, as he kindly oversees every facet of the Troop. Grosse Ile is truly blessed to have Brian as the Troop Scoutmaster.
The Mahican District of the Boy Scouts of America encompasses 19 Downriver communities including Allen Park, Crestwood, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Ecorse, Flat Rock, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile, Huron, Lincoln Park, Melvindale, River Rouge, Riverview, Southgate, Taylor, Trenton, Westwood, Woodhaven and Wyandotte.
For information on Troop 1261, contact Yi-Chia Schmaeman at email@example.com.
Article provided by the Boy Scouts of America Mahican District.