Tribute To A Scout

Helpful. Loyal. Kind. Reverent…

Boy Scouts are expected to conduct themselves in certain ways. Their laws list 12 traits.

For almost 60 years, Dan Wolboldt has been a member of that organization, striving to live up to its expectations.

Now, those who have learned from and been guided by Wolboldt are working to pay him back.

Wolboldt has been missing for almost two weeks. He was last seen Friday, March 22, near his North Warren home.

Since then, local agencies have searched, investigated, followed up on leads, and generally done what is in their power to do.

A large-scale search by trained rescuers took place in and around the waterways near Wolboldt’s home on Saturday.

On Wednesday, an effort of a different sort was held.

Hundreds of people gathered at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church for a prayer service in Wolboldt’s honor.

They lifted up prayers for Dan, his family, his safe return, and for some kind of resolution.

“Everyone who knows Dan is saddened by his disappearance and hopeful for his quick return,” Chief Cornplanter Council Scout Executive Kevin Bonner said. “The hundreds of calls, emails and Facebook messages our council has received are a testament to what Dan means to all of us. He has touched so many lives. We ask that everyone continue to keep Dan and his family in your prayers.”

Wolboldt is the pastor at both the Interfaith Chapel on the grounds of Warren State Hospital and Emanuel United Church of Christ in Warren.

He joined the Boy Scouts in 1954.

He was awarded the Silver Beaver and the Silver Antelope, is a member of Order of the Arrow – the honor society of scouting – and received the Vigil Honor of the Order of the Arrow which is the highest honor the Order can bestow on its members.

Wolboldt is Scoutmaster of Troop 13 in North Warren and was recently named one of the top 56 scoutmasters in the nation.

His absence creates a sad hole in the council, but that is not keeping scouts and their leaders from adhering to the code, the laws, and the motto.

“Our council will move forward,” Bonner said. “There are still hundreds of young people in Warren County who are participating in scouting and deserve the best that we can give them.”

“One thing is plainly obvious to us,” he said. “Wherever Dan is, he wants scouting to continue in the Chief Cornplanter Council. He spent countless hours working with his troop, at camp, with the Order of the Arrow, Wood Badge, jamborees, our executive board and in so many other ways that few, if any, know about.”

“Dan has led by example to make our council the best we can possibly be, to bring the amazing program of scouting to as many youth as possible, and to ensure that we’re here for the future generations of scouts we have yet to serve,” Bonner said. “Scouting should and will continue ‘business as usual’ in the Chief Cornplanter Council because Dan wouldn’t have it any other way.”