Matthew Jones, scout master of Baxley Troop no. 472, Boy Scouts of America was presented the prestigious Silver Beaver Award by the Okefenokee Area Council BSA. This is the highest award presented to a volunteer by a local Boy Scout Council. Jones received the award Saturday, February 12 at the annual Council Banquet in Brunswick.
Silver Beaver recipients are nominated by a local Boy Scout Council Selection Committee and approved by the National Boy Scouts of America, National Court of Honor. Recipients exemplify the values of Scouting in their commitment and dedication to service to others.
Mathew Jones was born in Vineland, New Jersey. He is the fourth of four boys, all Eagle Scouts. He attended the University of Maine at Orono where he majored in Forestry. After college, Jones entered the Army, and attended rotary wing and fixed wing flight schools at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. He then went on to serve at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. While serving his country, Jones completed his Masters Degree.
After completing his service, Jones entered the forest products industry in Georgia and Alabama. He also entered the Army Reserve. He served in Operation Desert Storm as a combat engineer, and was awarded the Bronze Star. He retired as a Lt. Colonel.
Jones was Assistant Scout Master in Martinez for three years, and has been Assistant Scout Master and Scout Master in Baxley for 16 years.
He is currently developing the 25th Eagle Scout in the local troop during his tenure. He has enjoyed all his years in Scouting working in developing young men in the Scouting tradition.
Jones is currently employed at Rayonier. He is married to Gayle, and they are the proud parents of two children, Dr. Sara Jones of Chicago, and Seth Jones of Atlanta.