Samuel E. Scruggs, 82, Boy Scout official

June 15, 2006

Samuel Early Scruggs, a former district executive and program director for Boy Scouts of America and a volunteer, died of lung cancer Sunday at the Wesley Home in Mount Washington.

He was 82.

Mr. Scruggs was born in Lexington, Ky., and raised in Maysville, Ky.

He was a 1948 graduate of Berea College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in botany.

A 1940 Eagle Scout, he began his professional career in Scouting in 1948, and held district executive and program director positions in several states before retiring in 1988 as program director at Westmoreland-Fayette Boy Scout Council in Greensburg, Pa.

"Volunteer work was in his nature, so after moving to Glyndon in 1988, he began a second career volunteering," said a daughter, Ann B. O'Neill of Glyndon.

Mr. Scruggs was an adviser to several local Boy Scout and Cub Scout packs and troops, and was presented the Silver Beaver Award for "distinguished service to youth" by the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts.

"The Silver Beaver Award is the highest Boy Scout award given to a volunteer," Mrs. O'Neill said.

He served as treasurer of the Glyndon Community Association and was president of the Glyndon Park Chautauqua Association. Mr. Scruggs volunteered with a Baltimore County public schools program that checked on the whereabouts of absent students. For many years, he was coordinator of the Washington chapter of the Berea College Alumni Association.

"My sister is a missionary who works in Third World countries, and he traveled to New Guinea and Senegal to help her," Mrs. O'Neill said.

He was a member of Northminster Presbyterian Church, 705 Main Street, Reisterstown, where services are to be held at 1 p.m. today.

Also surviving are his wife of 56 years, the former Mary Frances Craig; his other daughter, Beverley J. Harrar of Lancaster, Pa.; and five grandchildren.

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