Perham resident, Gordon Przybylski, was recognized for his Scouter service by the Boy Scouts of America Northern Lights Council on March 27.

Przybylski received the Silver Beaver award, which is the highest award a council can bestow a registered volunteer Scouter in recognition of their distinguished service to the council and its youth. Nominees are judged on their volunteer service at the council level as well as their overall service to youth outside of Scouting and to the community at large.

The Boy Scouts Northern Lights Council annually serves about 10,000 youth through 3,000 volunteers throughout North Dakota, western Minnesota and two counties in Montana and South Dakota, according to a Boy Scouts news release. The council is limited to the number of Silver Beavers it can award with this year’s honorees being:

  • Timothy Bishop, Williston, N.D.
  • Sheila Herman, Bismarck, N.D.
  • Gordon Przybylski, Perham, Minn.
  • Richard Stradling, Dickinson, N.D.
  • Leland Tong, Williston, N.D.

Przybylski served as a volunteer Cub Scout leader with his sons and later organized a Cub Scout Pack in Milwaukee, Wis. that served inner city kids. His career took his family to Indianapolis, Ind. and he once again organized a Cub Scout Pack that served low-income children, according to the release.

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Upon retirement, he and his wife, Yvonne, moved to Perham where he became a Den Leader for their grandsons Charlie and Levi Murdock. His enthusiasm and dedication helped grow the Cub Scout Pack from 15 to 59 members, who actively participate in year-round programs, camps and activities.

Outside of scouting, Przybylski serves St. Henry’s Catholic Church as a lector, maintenance committee member and capital campaign committee member. He is a Perham Rotary Club member. He has also served as a baseball coach, hockey coach, Habitat for Humanity laborer and United Way volunteer.