Virgil Schlabach receives Boy Scout merit award


A local Eagle Scout received the District Award of Merit March 10 for the Netawotwes District.

Virgil Schlabach of Carrollton was nominated by Troop 141 Scoutmaster Mark Walters and was honored during an annual Recognition and Award of Merit Roundtable.

In a letter to the selection committee, Walters wrote, “I am nominating Virgil Schlabach because he is an Eagle Scout who has carried out his oath as an Eagle.”

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MERIT AWARD. Longtime Boy Scout supporter, Virgil Schlabach was presented the District Merit Award from the Netawotwes District of the Buckeye Council. He is shown above (at right) with his son, Aaron, and wife, Laurie.

Schlabach joined Troop 132 in North Canton with Scoutmaster Dick Stratton in 1977. He was elected into the Order of The Arrow, received his fifth year honors award and attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1983.

Schlabach became involved in scouting again when his son, Aaron, wanted to attend a Cub Scout roundup. Schlabach helped with the cubs, becoming an assistant leader when Aaron moved to Webelos. When Aaron crossed over to Boy Scouts, he was recruited by Walters.

“Virgil and his son came to one of our meetings and Aaron wanted to join Troop 141,” Walters explained. “It was the first time I met either of them. At that time, Virgil said he would be happy to help as needed. I was not long to sign him up. He has become one of my best assets.”

Schlabach has served as an assistant scoutmaster for the past eight years, was a merit badge counselor and helped Walters run the troop’s station during the last five Klondike Derbies.

Not only does Schlabach attend camp outs, he continues to spend the week of summer camp with the troop even though his son is an Eagle Scout and involved in many school activities.

Schlabach coordinated Troop 141’s recent trip to Philmont Scout Reservation and has served as a unit commissioner for Netawotwes District serving other Carroll County units. He also volunteers as a paramedic for the Boy Scouts National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT).

He is an assistant chief to the City of Green Division of Fire overseeing the operations of the department. In his spare time, he is involved in Habitat for Humanity, served as a Deacon at his church where he is a member of the safety committee, and is the soundboard operator for the Carrollton High School Band.

“Virgil has always been our knot master and lashing expert and compass leader,” Walters stated. “He has led several young men to learn so much. I could go on and on but above all Virgil is a great help to Troop 141, Neta District, his church and his community.”

Schalbach and wife, Laurie, have two children, Jordan, a junior at Malone, and Aaron, a senior at Carrollton High School.

The Netawotwes District is one of five districts in the Buckeye Council and includes all of Carroll County and northern Tuscarawas County. Annually, the district services over 900 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers who are members of one of 34 Scouting units. The district assists over 370 volunteer leaders.

The Netawotwes District achieved “Journey to Excellence Silver Status” in 2015; had over 200 new youth join Scouting for the first time in fall 2015; saw 22 men attain the rank of Eagle Scout; awarded over 640 merit badges in 2015; and had over 180 Scouts attend summer camp at Seven Ranges Scout Reservation in Kensington.