Volunteer helps with the Boy Scouts

Wayne McCain’s journey into a lifetime of volunteering with the Boy Scouts began more than 50 years ago, when his son, who was 8 years old at the time, began participating in Cub Scouts. McCain’s wife volunteered to be a den mother, and gently nudged Wayne into getting involved.

“She volunteered me as an assistant cub master, and a month later I became cub master because the old one quit,” he chuckled. “That was in 1967, and I’ve been with the scouts ever since, with the exception of my time in Vietnam.”

McCain, a retired Marine, has even led scouting activities overseas. During an unaccompanied tour to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, he was immediately “asked” to assume leadership of the scouting activities on base.

“When I climbed off the plane, the station sergeant major and scout master met me, and all of a sudden I was the area chairman for scouts,” he said.

After retiring from the Marine Corps, he continued to stay busy with the Boy Scouts.

“I retired from the Marine Corps in 1977, and had to do something,” he said. “I’ve kept involved in scouting and have I been the district commissioner, run the Cub Scout Olympics, been in charge of the cub leader training, scout leader training, I’ve held the council’s training and fundamentals of training. You name it, I’ve done it.”

McCain was also instrumental in establishing the Croatan Trails District, which gives the opportunity for boys in Carteret and eastern Craven counties a chance to get involved with scouting. And with the creation of the Croatan Trails District, McCain has spent the past 40 years running the archery range for the Croatan Trails Cubs day camp. It’s the opportunities that give the youngsters a chance to grow and have fun that keep McCain active with the scouts.

“They learn to take care of themselves,” he said. “The kids have a ball, and that’s what it’s all about.”

For now, McCain intends to stay active with the Boy Scouts, because it’s fun, and for him, that’s what it’s all about.

“They ask when I’ll retire and I told them, when I drop dead,” he laughs. “This is fun, and that’s what it’s all about, so I might as well enjoy myself.”

From the Nomination, Bryan Snow:

Wayne was the first person I contacted about Boy Scouts when I moved here from Yuma, Ariz., many years ago. He was outgoing, friendly and willing to help me find a troop for my sons. Since that time, Wayne has inspired me to continue to give back to scouting even though my sons have grown and moved on. Wayne has been involved in scouting for nearly 50 years, most of it here in the Croatan Trails District, East Carolina Council. Wayne also volunteers at the Havelock Cherry Point Ministerial Association Outreach Food Pantry where he assists families in need.

About the Organization:

The East Carolina Council, Boy Scouts of America, has been building character and instilling values in young people since 1915. Always in strong partnership with religious, civic, and business communities, scouting teaches traditional values, respect for God and country, life skills and responsible citizenship to generations of area young people.