Scout Leader Enjoys Coaching Boys to Become Leaders – InkFreeNews.com
By Laurie Lechlitner
WARSAW – “I’m an Air Force kid, born in England on the 4th of July,” said Bob Coffelt, Warsaw. “I moved to Kansas when I was 8. I was introduced to the Boy Scouts when I was in sixth grade. I joined hoping to make more friends. I also like to be and doing things on the outside. As an adult, I have held many leadership positions in the Boy Scouts of America over the past 25 years. I enjoy seeing boys grow, mature, and become leaders through scouting.
Coffelt completed his Eagle Scout requirements in 1977. “A lot of boys dropped out of Scouting around age 16, when they could drive and get jobs. It was then that I realized that I could achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.
Coffelt’s first merit badge was printing. “As printing has always been a passion of mine, I printed out emergency first aid tips that people could use in their homes. I also gave a presentation to Boy Scouts on emergency preparedness and coordinated the fire department and EMS unit to do a presentation for the community.Becoming an Eagle Scout requires leadership and project management skills.
He has also attended two national high adventure camps in New Mexico and bordering waters in Minnesota and Canada.
Coffelt holds a BS in Printing Management from Pittsburgh State University. He has been a Manufacturing/Quality Supervisor for LSC Communications (formerly RR Donnelley) since June 1, 1981. He has worked in three locations: Des Moines, Iowa; Shanghai, China; and Warsaw.
When his son Sheldon, who eventually became an Eagle Scout, was in first grade, Coffelt became an involved parent in the Cub Scout program. “It was around 1997, 20 years after my scouting days. I finally became the chairman of the committee.
In 2002, the Coffelts had the opportunity of a lifetime: a start-up printing company in Shanghai. “Living in China has been an adventure for our whole family and, of course, Scouting was part of that experience.”
Back in the United States, he became a Scoutmaster for Local Troop 730 from 2010 to 2017 and is currently the charter organization’s representative. For the past five years, Coffelt has been the National Youth Leadership Training Coordinator for the local council.
“The council encompasses 11 counties in Indiana’s northeast corner, including Kosciusko County. My duties include assisting leaders, facilitating the national course, and overseeing the week-long training event at Camp Chief Little Turtle in southern Angola. The program is based on proven practical leadership training. “We combine games and skill activities with lessons to make it more fun for young people,” added Coffelt.
Last year, Coffelt became a member of the Warsaw Planning Commission. “I believe my life experiences are valuable to my community. I am a good listener and a team player.
He has been married to his wife, Roxanne, for almost 39 years. She owns a CPA business in town. They have two adult children, Kelsey and Sheldon, and two granddaughters.
He and Roxanne love to travel. “We’ve been to Europe and Asia, but we’ve mostly traveled to the United States.”
When asked what young people need most in their lives, Coffelt said, “Over the years, many young people in our Scouting program have come from non-traditional families. Scouting offers stability, adventure and guidance from caring adults, preparing boys for life.