UNION CITY, MI (WTVB) - A Branch County scouting leader active with the Boys Scouts for more than three decades has been honored by the Boy Scouts of America. Dr. Charles Morton was recognized by the Southern Shores Field Service Council of the Boy Scouts. The Union City dentist, Eagle Scout and Scout Leader has dedicated over 35 years of outstanding service to the council. Morton was a Boy Scout and a Second Class Scout. He has been a Committee Chairman, Scout Master, Assistance Scout Master, and an Institution Representative over the years in Troop 443 in Union City, the second oldest continuous troop in Michigan. He decided to get into scouting because his father was a scout. His accomplishments also include the Silver Beaver Award. Morton was given a clock by the council members naming him Distinguished Scouter for his dedication to scouting over the years.
In 2012, 12,000 hours of community service were provided by the Scouts to communities in Branch County. 350 Scouts earned their Eagle Scout rank in the council which covers 12 counties in Southern Michigan, nine of them in and around Branch County, which currently has six Cub Scout packs, and six Boy Scout troops. Scouting provides youth with an opportunity to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence, and reinforce ethical standards, not only helping them when they are young but also carrying forward into their adult lives. If you’re interested in being involved in the fundraising event or would like to make a donation to support the Boy Scouts in Branch County, please contact Dan Deverell at 517-812-3799.