University of Hartford President Walter Harrison was inducted into the CT River Council’s Boy Scouts of America Mark Twain District Hall of Fame and received the Outstanding Citizen Award during an Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner held Jan. 5 in Farmington.
An Eagle Scout himself, President Harrison was recognized for his commitment to the Greater Hartford community, exemplifying the Eagle Scout’s call to maintain a lifetime commitment to one’s community.
“Walter Harrison, through his involvement and dedication to the Hartford area over many years, stresses to all scouts the importance of continued community involvement as they go forward to fulfill their career and life aspirations,” said Manny Martinez, who organized the event as the Mark Twain District Executive.
The event also ushered in dozens of new Eagle Scouts, who advanced through seven challenging ranks, mastering skills that included indoor sustainability, outdoor survival, and the ability to work with others, to achieve scout’s highest rank achievement. “We wanted to focus on our Eagle Scouts as well, and give them an opportunity to network with inductees and sponsors attending,” Martinez said.
Other Hall of Fame honorees included Michael Nicastro, CEO of Continuity Control, who received the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award, and Cyndi Vallario, recipient of the Good Scouter Award.
The Mark Twain District serves troops in the Avon, Bristol, Farmington, Hartford, Newington, Plainville, Rocky Hill, Simsbury, West Hartford, and Wethersfield and supports more than 3000 children.