'I'm just doing what I love'
The Boy Scouts of America aims to help youth develop the skills needed to become "prepared for life," often striving to instill a desire to help others for years to come.
And many times, the "once a scout, always a scout" attitude thrives within many volunteers nationwide and one Lawton resident has earned his place in history with the United Methodist Church's highest honor for the scouting ministry the Torch Award. Out of more than 500 churches in the UMC's conference, 73-year-old Frank Kuntz of First Methodist Church of Lawton has been selected to receive this year's award.
"I feel very humbled and very privileged to be awarded," Kuntz said. "I feel that there are other people who deserve the award. I'm just doing what I love. I'm not looking for an award I'm here to help these boys out."
Though he may not have been seeking an award, it is a testament to his service, as he's credited with helping several young men achieve the Eagle Scout rank, reaching out to many at-risk youths in the area to get involved with the organization and faithfully dedicating more than 60 years of his life to learn, live and teach the values of Boy Scouts.