Longtime Scout leader Connie Otto Barton, of Clayton, has earned the Silver Beaver Award for her years of dedicated service.
Barton began working with the Boy Scouts of America when her sons, Chris and Jeff Barton, joined the Scouts. Barton stayed with the Scouts even after her sons grew up. She continued to attend training programs and learned more about Scouting. Through the years Barton has had many positions including advising local Eagle candidates.
The Silver Beaver Award is the highest recognition a Boy Scout council can give to an adult volunteer leader. The award is presented to volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to the Scouting program. The local council recommends nominees and the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America select the awardees, according to Jones.
Jones notes that Barton is involved in numerous civic groups. She is the regent for Rand’s Mill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the treasurer for the group. She is also a Sunday school teacher and co-chair of the church’s building committee at Powhatan Original Free Will Baptist Church.
Barton works full-time at the Department of Public Safety in Central Engineering. She is also an officer in her district of the State Employees Association.
She is the daughter of Paul K. Otto of Clayton and she has three sisters who also live in Johnston County.