May 23rd - Local Resident Receives Scouting’s Highest Honor for Service

Local Resident Receives Scouting’s Highest Honor for Service

Diane Cannon to be honored for years of volunteer service to youth


San Diego, CAMay 23, 2008Not your average “den mom,” Diane Cannon, of The Woodlands, has made a significant impact on thousands of youth through her volunteer leadership in the Boy Scouts of America. For her commitment and service, the BSA National Council will honor Cannon with the Silver Buffalo Award at its Annual Meeting in San Diego on May 23.

            The Silver Buffalo Award, Scouting’s highest commendation for service to youth, has been awarded annually since 1925 to civic-minded men and women who stand out for their invaluable contributions and service to the youth of America.

The BSA will recognize Cannon for her steadfast dedication to youth throughout her community. Cannon serves as assistant director of SPARK, a non-profit partnership with the City of Houston Mayor’s Office to build community parks at area schools. She also has taught conversational English to international students, counseled families of children with cancer, and organized a car-seat loaner program for indigent families.

Cannon has made a significant impact on the Scouting program through 13 years as program chairwoman of the National Cub Scout Committee and 20 years as an active volunteer. She has held numerous unit, district, and council positions and now serves as training chairwoman in the Sam Houston Area Council.

“The Boy Scouts of America is proud to recognize Diane for her years of service and commitment to our youth,” said Bob Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive. “She dedicates valuable time and effort to improve their lives through her involvement with several community organizations in Houston, including the Boy Scouts.”

At the national level, Cannon has led efforts to develop, revise, and update publications including the Cub Scout Leader Book, Cub Scout Program Helps, Webelos Leader Guide, and Cub Scout Roundtable Planning Guide. She also chaired the task force that planned Cub Scouting’s 75th anniversary celebration in 2005.

Cannon has received the District Award of Merit, as well as the Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope awards. She is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow and a life member of the Philmont Staff Association.

Cannon’s husband, Steve, also is an active Scouter, and her sons, Brian and Brad, are both Eagle Scouts.


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