Scouter Spotlight: Meet Santos Ortiz Perez

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It’s time to bring out the Scouter Spotlight again to show
off some of the best volunteers in the Scouting program. This week we’re
heading to Puerto Rico to meet an impressive volunteer, Santos Ortiz Perez. He’s been involved
in Scouting since 1999 and serves as the committee chair for Troop 720.

If his name sounds familiar, it should. Santos was featured
in the March-April 2009 issue of Scouting
magazine in a story about the Philmont Leadership Challenge. (Read that story
here.)

When he isn’t receiving high-level leadership training,
Santos volunteers at the pack, troop, and crew levels. Read on to meet this great leader.

Scouting family:
My wife, Alicemarie Comas Perez, is a Scouter also. She was on Wood Badge staff
and was the one who first got me involved in Scouting. My son earned the Arrow
of Light and then became an Eagle Scout in 2007.

What’s your favorite
Scouting memory?

I have many. First, my son’s Eagle Court of Honor—wow,
it was memorable. Also, serving on the staff of Philmont for the Philmont
Leadership Challenge was great. And then there’s the date that I received the
invitation to become a Silver Beaver in my council.

What is Scouting to
you?

For my family and me it’s a way of life. I’m grateful to the
movement for the values and the character of my two sons. There’s no money in
the world that I would take for that.

Explain the Scouting
message you use when recruiting.

Every day I invite kids to join Scouting because I don’t
really know another program in the world that offers what Scouting has to offer:
values, the Scout Law, promises to our youth, character, and the ability to
make ethical decisions.

Any plans for the 100th
Anniversary?

I’m attending the big party at Fort A.P. Hill for the 2010 National
Scout Jamboree. My son is attending as a gift for receiving his Eagle Scout
Award. He worked hard and deserved it.

What do you tell new
leaders?

Every kid deserves at least to be invited to become a Scout.
And every kid who joins deserves a trained leader. Also, remember that you sometimes need to adapt your
program to the necessities of the kids in your unit. Let them decide what is
good and what is bad.

I also like to tell leaders to “get off the bench!” Play an
important role in your unit. Get involved with all your kids in your unit.
They’re only kids once, so don’t miss that opportunity.

Our thanks to Santos for sharing his Scouting expertise. If
you have an adult volunteer who should be spotlighted, let us know.

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Bryan Wendell, an Eagle Scout, is the founder of Bryan on Scouting and a contributing writer.