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Scouting Bio for our President John Farrell

John first joined Scouting in 1962 when he joined Pack 295 in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn earning the Arrow of Light Award.  Then, joining Troop 45 in Flatbush went on to serve as an Assistant Scoutmaster.  John also served as an Associate Advisor for Post 13 in Bay Ridge, and re-organized Post 519 serving as its Advisor for 7 years.  John first went to TMR in 1971, and has attended every year since.  In 1972 he joined Atlantic District’s Roundtable staff and served in various district program positions including running numerous "Show-and-Do’s".  After moving to the Mill Basin area of Brooklyn in 1978, John served as the Thunderbird District Camping Chairman from 1982 through 1988, moving to District Vice-Chairman in 1988, then on to District Chairman until 1991.  John served on staff of the TMR River Rally’s in the 1980’s as a youth member of the Order of the Arrow.  John was elected Asst. Chapter Chief then Chapter Chief of Waramug Chapter of the then Atlantic District.  He developed and led the 1990 Brooklyn Jamboree, serving as the physical arrangements chairman of the 1994 Brooklyn Jamboree and as assistant chairman of the 1998 Brooklyn/Staten Island Jamboree.  John has earned the Scouters Training Award, the Scouters Key, the District Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver.  He completed Woodbadge in 1976 NE3-17, and served as course quartermaster for NE3-148 in 2000.  Working directly with youth, John served as Asst. Scoutmaster for Troop Leader Development courses in 1976 & 1977.  John also was the Scoutmaster for the Brooklyn / Staten Island troop at the 1993 National Jamboree.  He also served as a member of the Camp Properties & Facilities Strategic Planning Committee, an 18 month long project, which issued its findings in 2001.  John also served as a member of the Ten Mile River Scout Camp Task Force, and is currently serving as the Greater New York Councils Activity Chair.

John has served as the Scoutmaster of Troop 76 since 1986, going to Aquehonga every year for two weeks.  He also is the current Brooklyn Camping Chairman, and serves on the GNYC Camping committee.  He is retired supervisor with the Port Authority Police and past President of the International Association of Emergency Managers Region II;  as well as an instructor on various emergency management and weapons of mass destruction issues.   John is married and has one child.