Troop 301 is pleased to announce that our scoutmaster—Dr. Bryon Solberg—was recently honored with the Chuck Smith Scoutmaster of the Year Award for 2015, selected by the Eagle Scout Alumni Association. This prestigious award is given out to only one scoutmaster in all of the San Diego-Imperial Council each year.
Bryon chartered Troop 301 on Jan. 2, 2007. It started with 23 scouts and grew to more than 40 by March of that year. Now the troop is strong at 85+ scouts. Retention from year to year is more than 95%—excluding scouts aging out.
Since forming, Troop 301 has had 44 scouts earn the Eagle Scout rank—67% of all scouts in Troop 301 have earned that rank. Currently, there are 17 scouts working toward achieving Eagle Scout.
Bryon has had a life-long commitment to scouting. Through his vision and passion for scouting, he has created a culture of excellence, with many opportunities to advance to the Eagle rank. Because of this culture, scouts no longer wonder if they will achieve Eagle Scout but rather when. Dr. Bryon Solberg is a perfect choice for Scoutmaster of the Year!
Bryon can be described in many ways beyond his work in scouting. He has been a coach for his sons’ baseball, soccer, lacrosse, and cross country teams. He has served as a volunteer on hospital committees. He has volunteered in many capacities within his church and at local schools. He has been recognized in many ways for his volunteer efforts in the community, including being a Scripps Ranch Civic Association Distinguished Volunteer four times and receiving the Congressional Award in 2013. Yet there is one title that stands out in his service: the self-proclaimed “grateful CAF volunteer.”
The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) mission is to provide opportunities and support for people with physical challenges to pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. It wasn’t that long ago that Bryon was one of the people who CAF helped.
In February 2000 Bryon was diagnosed with a missing odontoid bone in his spine. He underwent several surgeries but never regained the control in his hands necessary to continue practicing as an anesthesiologist in Oregon. Bryon and his family moved to Scripps Ranch in 2001 and it was in 2002 that Bryon began working with CAF in his own recovery. Post-surgery, Bryon has completed 48 marathons and numerous half-marathons and triathlons.
Bryon credits CAF with giving him the strength and motivation not only to recover but to push himself to become a competitive challenged athlete participant. Now, beyond being a CAF athlete, Bryon is a dedicated CAF volunteer and successful fundraiser. He is generous with his time, often volunteering more than 30 hours per week.
At CAF Bryon has mentored both youth and adults during their recoveries. Over the past few years, Bryon has been mentoring a young man who lost a leg and helped him learn to use a three-wheeled bike. Always available to lend a hand, Bryon meets him once or twice a week to ride at Miramar Lake.
Bryon doesn’t talk much about what he does since he believes in serving without fanfare. Yet CAF recognizes his dedication. In October 2015 Bryon received the award for Outstanding CAF Volunteer. This award had not been given for several years, but the people Bryon works with at CAF resurrected it because he is such an outstanding volunteer.
We at Troop 301 are so very proud of our scoutmaster for receiving this well-deserved honor of Scoutmaster of the Year. We are all so grateful not only for his amazing leadership but for his kind and generous heart.
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