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SYSK: Mark Conklin honored by Boy Scouts of America

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by Danielle Wagner

WAVERLY (KWWL) The cars were racing at the Waverly Cub Scouts annual Pinewood Derby.

The man arranging the cars on the track is Mark Conklin. Conklin joined Cub Scouts about nine years ago when his son wanted to sign up.

"My son came home in first grade and said I want to join Scouts. I said sure, why not, I had never been in Scouts. We had a lot of bonding as father and son," said Mark Conklin.

But as his son moved up in Scouts, Conklin stayed behind to help keep the Cub Scouts going strong.

That's just one reason Mark Conklin was nominated for the National Leadership Hall of Fame through the Boy Scouts of America recognizing outstanding leaders.

Don Ryan wrote an essay nominating Conklin for the honor. In part, the essay said, "He cares deeply about the scouting program and never worries about getting the credit for anything."

Conklin got a huge surprise when he was selected as a hall of famer.

"Shocked. Very shocked. There were 7,000 essays sent in and only 300 were picked and six out of the state of Iowa received this award," said Conklin.

During a time when the Cub Scouts program was declining in Waverly, Conklin worked hard to recruit new members by making Scouts fun and building up good Cubmasters around him.

The National Hall of Leadership was created as part of the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts.

Don Ryan said, "There is no award out there good enough for a man of integrity such as Mark."

Despite the big honor, Conklin is happy to still be devoting his time to local Scouts events. He believes in the values the Boy Scouts organization instills: responsibility, citizenship and leadership.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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