May 23rd - Former Navy Officer Receives Scouting’s Highest Service Honor
Former Navy Officer Receives
Scouting’s Highest Service Honor
Zaccara to be honored for years of service to Scouting
San Diego, CA – May 23, 2008 — Former Naval officer Daniel Zaccara,
of Allen, Texas, has
significantly impacted thousands of youth through his volunteer leadership in
the Boy Scouts of America. For his years of service to youth, the BSA National
Council will honor him with the Silver Buffalo Award at its Annual Meeting in San Diego on May 23.
Silver Buffalo Award, Scouting’s highest commendation for service to youth, has
been awarded annually since 1925 to civic-minded men and women who stand out
for their invaluable contributions and service to the youth of America.
Since 1998, Zaccara
has helped reinvent leadership training in the Boy Scout program. Through his
efforts, both Scouts and Scouters now receive consistent, comprehensive
training that employs the best practices from business and industry. He led the
task force that created National Youth Leadership Training and went on to
coordinate the design of the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience at
Philmont Scout Ranch.
Zaccara serves at
the national level on the Boy Scout Training Task Force and the Boy Scout
Committee. He has participated in the last five national Scout jamborees. He
serves as council commissioner in the Circle Ten Council and was active in
several other local councils during a 32-year career with Procter & Gamble.
“Dan has dedicated
himself to transitioning the BSA into the 21st Century,” said Bob Mazzuca,
Chief Scout Executive. “We are proud to recognize his years of service to our
organization, especially through his commitment to teaching Scouts strong
Scouting honors include the Silver Antelope and Silver Beaver awards, District
Award of Merit, and Scoutmaster Award of Merit. He is a member of the Order of
the Arrow, the Scouting Heritage Society, and Founders Circle. He holds life
memberships in Pi Sigma Epsilon, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the National
Association of United Methodist Scouters.
A graduate of Pace University, Zaccara completed
three deployments as a gunnery/missile officer during the Vietnam War. He then
remained in the Navy and served as officer of the deck on the USS Okinawa
during the recovery of Apollo 15. Zaccara and his wife, Sammie, have one son,
Christopher, who is an Eagle Scout and an active Scouting volunteer.
the Boy Scouts of America
Serving more than 4.6 million youth between the ages of 7
and 20, with more than 300 councils throughout the United States and its territories, the BSA is the
nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based
leadership training. The Scouting movement is composed of 1.2 million
volunteers, whose dedication of time and resources has enabled the BSA to
remain the nation's leading youth-service organization. For more information on
the BSA, please visit www.scouting.org.