A youth member of Scouting, Charles “Chuck” Mertes, became re-involved in the Scouting program as an adult volunteer in 1988. Serving first as a Den Leader and then as a Webelos Den Leader, he moved to Boy Scout Troop 172 in 1994, where he would make his mark on Scouting as a Scoutmaster, a position he has held since.
During his volunteer tenure, Chuck has been awarded the Vigil Honor of the Order of the Arrow, completed Wood Badge, earned the Scouter’s Training Award, the Scouter’s Key (2013), Scoutmaster of the Year (1996), the District Award of Merit (2009), and the Silver Beaver Award (2015). He has served on the District Committee, on countless training course staffs, and has donated hours of time and resources to the Susquehanna Council and Camp Karoondinha through his profession as an electrician, plumber, and mechanical contractor. Chuck’s service played a key role in the council’s achievement of a five year accreditation for Camp Karoondinha under the new NCAP standards. Not satisfied to serve our camp alone, Chuck has volunteered as a Camp Visitation Specialist since 2010, serving the entire Scouting organization. Despite his broad impact, Chuck would tell you that his greatest Scouting accomplishment is that he has awarded 44 Scouts their Eagle Scout Award.
A dedicated servant of the Catholic Church, Chuck has served as a past usher, a 35 year active member of the Knights of Columbus (and past Grand Knight), 4th Degree Color Guard Captain (18 years of service), and as a member of the 4th Degree Exemphilicate Team. He served the Williamsport Mummers Association (10 years), served as Recording Secretary of the Williamsport Navigators Club (15 years), is a member of the Democratic Club, and is a lifetime member of the NRA. In 2011, after great personal adversity, he received as a testament to his character and fortitude, the Richard Leidhecher Lifetime Achievement Award from the Williamsport Hospital.