Darien Boy Scouts honored with new ‘Jamie’ award
Two Darien Boy Scouts, Daniel Martorella from Troop 35 and Nick Liu from Troop 53, were awarded the first ever “Jamie Award,” given in honor of former Darien resident and Darien High School Class of ’02 graduate Jamie Swiggart. Jamie was an active Scout throughout his childhood, and embodied Scout values throughout his life. Always community-minded, he attained the Eagle Scout rank in Troop 53 at age 14, was a member of Post 53, and went on to study at the U.S. Naval Academy and become an accomplished Navy tailhook pilot and flight instructor. He died tragically in a small plane crash in 2015 at the age of 31.
The Jamie Award was created by the Andrew Shaw Memorial Trust (chartering organization for the Darien Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and STEM Venture Crew) in collaboration with Jamie’s mother, Carolyn, to honor Jamie by recognizing a Scout from each Troop “who, like Jamie, leads by example and consistently offers quiet leadership and encouragement to fellow Scouts.”
Daniel and Nick were selected for this honor by their troop leadership for being “true, humble, dependable, and quietly encouraging to others.” They each received the award at their troop’s Spring Court of Honor, in which Scouts are recognized for rank advancements, honors, and merit badges earned.
Jamie’s mother, Carolyn Swiggart, presented the Jamie Award and was pleased with the Scouts who were selected. Following the presentation, she said “Jamie did a lot during his life, and Boy Scouts was an important foundation. If the Jamie Award can encourage young Scouts to become better people, with kindness, and to inspire quiet leadership, then that's a huge good. The Scouts chosen for the 2018 award are truly worthy.”
The Andrew Shaw Memorial Trust and Troops 35 & 53 offer their thanks to Carolyn Swiggart for her ongoing support of Darien Boy Scouts, and congratulate Daniel and Nick for being the 2018 Jamie Award winners.