Wilfred “Curly” Verville, who is staying at the Iron County Medical Care Facility for short-term rehabilitation with the goal of returning home soon, is working on that goal with physical therapist Deb Rossato. Verville was recently awarded with a special award in recognition of his 80 years of service to the Boy Scouts. (ICMCF photo)
CRYSTAL FALLS—Wilfred “Curly” Verville, an Iron River native and current resident at the Iron County Medical Care Facility, was recently awarded a very special distinction.
Dewey Jones, former scout executive of the Hiawathaland Boy Scout Council, presented Curly with a certificate recognizing his 80 years of service to the Boy Scouts.
To Curly’s knowledge, he is the only resident in the Upper Peninsula who currently holds this honor.
He began his involvement with the Boy Scouts when he was just eight years old.
“My favorite part as a Scout was always going to camp, hiking, camping, cooking and field trips,” said Curly, who is an Eagle Scout and is proud to say that his two sons and four grandsons are also Eagle Scouts.
In addition, his late wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Verville, to whom he was married 54 years, was also a den mother for 45 years.
In his service, Curly is especially fond of his memories of taking troops to Camp Hiawatha and Camp Minneyeata, outings that he executed for 45 consecutive years.
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun.
The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.
Curly takes these principles and morals to heart.
“Boy Scouts teaches important values for young men including loyalty and honor. Being a scout also provides so many opportunities to be a part of the community,” he said.
Curly’s commitment to the community has extended into other ventures as well, including 20 years as the head of the ambulance, work as a CPR and first aid instructor and involvement in the volunteer fire department.