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Gone Home - Shelly Weil and Jim Guida


Shelly Weil - Distinguished Eagle Scout  

He achieved Eagle Scout in 1951, and was awarded the Silver Beaver in Nassau County, New York, Silver Antelope in the Northeast Region and the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award reserved for those who achieve distinction 25 years post Eagle recognition.

While attending most National and World Jamborees in his adult life, he staffed K2BSA the Scout Jamboree Station or the Host Country Station in countries such as Holland, Australia, Korea, Thailand, Chile, Norway, Canada and Japan.  In Japan he was part of the rescue effort on Mount Fuji during the typhoon that occurred during that Jamboree.  He was able to communicate with his radio back home to the US to let parents know their Scouts were OK. 

Volunteering was second nature to him.  In recent years he served the ADL (Anti Defamation League) as a regional Board Member and was active on many committees including projects to stop Bullying on the Internet and in schools and was particularly proud of ADL's fight against bigotry, anti Semitism  as well as ADL's promise to help protect every American's right to vote. As ADL says, "Imagine a World Without Hate", and Shelly tried to foster this goal.

For 41 years, every June, Shelly awaited the arrival of his 10 new children and their leaders of the Israeli Friendship Caravan.  This project kept him young and forward thinking.  He attended every show with the Caravan, of course booking the dates for them, and providing a week of love with his Hamlet Friends, as they in turn touched everyone with the spirit and joy of Israel.


Jim Guida - Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 5

James was an active member of scouting and an active member of the Catholic Committee on Scouting. He was a Religious Emblems Counselor. Most recently he served as Religious Emblems Coordinator for the Catholic Committee on Scouting for Nassau County. He was also a recipient of the Bronze Pelican award.

Jim, was a 30-year NYPD veteran, who previously served as a commander with the Narcotics Borough Manhattan South, the 88th precinct, the 42nd precinct and Brooklyn North Gang Unit. He suffered from a rare form of metastatic sarcoma linked to his exposure to toxins while responding to the World Trade Center.

He continued to work for years after being diagnosed in 2007 and, in 2011, was presented with the Theodore Roosevelt Award for defying disease. In August, he was approved for a 9/11 disability pension.

He was Brotherhood Member of the Order of the Arrow.



Please keep these Scouting families in your thoughts as we continue to inspire, guide and lead our youth of today, and our future leaders of tomorrow.

 Prayer for Fallen Scouts: 

Almighty Father, as we grieve the loss of these leaders, help us to remember their involvement with Scouting.  Show us how they lived the Scout oath and law.  We ask that you comfort us as we will miss their friendship and fellowship.

What does "Gone Home" mean.  The use of "Gone Home" in Scouting refers to the trail sign meaning "all is well, I am safe, and have gone home."  It was first used at Baden Powell's gravesite in Kenya upon his passing.


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