During the annual Scout Saturday celebration March 2, Scout leaders Sean Barbera and Liz Magalang received the prestigious St. George award from the National Catholic Committee on Scouting for their contributions to the spiritual development of Catholic youth through Scouting.
Barbera was an assistant Scout Master for Troop 1966 for two years and has been the Scout Master for the past eight years. He attended nine consecutive summer camps and provided support for multiple high adventure programs. He has served in multiple positions at the district level, providing adult training and support. Previously, he received the District Award of Merit.
He has facilitated 10 years of Cub Scout cross over ceremonies, welcoming each new scout into the troop. According to his nomination, he never misses an Eagle Scout service project or major activity. He is also devoted to his Catholic faith, rarely missing Mass.
He has supported Catholic spiritual development by hosting training retreats, providing service opportunities, attending all Scout Saturdays and the Bishop’s Dinner for Clergy and Scouters. He has had his troop host the dinner multiple times. He has also encouraged participation in scout religious study programs such as the “Ad Altare Dei” faith formation program.
Magalang wears many hats in scouting activities at Hill Air Force Base. She is the committee chair for the troops and packs at the base, as well as serving as pack trainer and assistant Webelos leader. She is also a Diocese of Salt Lake City Committee on Catholic Scouting liaison to the Trapper Trails Council. She is an active member of the CCS committee.
Magalang has been active in the women’s council at her parish and teaches religious education and RCIC. She is an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion at her parish and works with special-needs children at Vacation Bible School.