The Carroll District of the Boy Scouts of America gave Del. Richard N. Dixon, a county Democrat, its "Good Scout" award yesterday.
The Scouts honored Mr. Dixon, 55, at a luncheon at the Wakefield Valley Golf Club and gave him a plaque in recognition of his community service and leadership.
The Boy Scouts present the award to individuals who exemplify the ideals of their organization.
Mr. Dixon, of Westminster, has represented the 5th District in the state House of Representatives since 1983 and is an assistant vice president at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith.
He told the crowd of 145 that he had been a Scout as a boy. The organization is important for the county's youth, he said.
The audience gave the legislator a standing ovation after his brief speech.
Daniel J. Hood, 15, a Scout with Troop 630 in Westminster, also spoke at the ceremony. The Westminster High sophomore said Scouting helped him become a leader.
The youth, a Scout for about nine years, said he has been a counselor at a Scout camp in Pennsylvania. He hopes to study architecture in college.
His parents are Bonnie and Steven Hood.
Four members of Boy Scout Troop 381 from the First United Presbyterian Church in Westminster performed the opening flag ceremony at the luncheon.
Scouts Mark Brewer, Jack Bryan, Peter Johnson and Greg Perkins were accompanied by their scoutmaster, John J. Rush Sr.
This is the third time the Carroll District of the Boy Scouts has presented a "Good Scout" award, district chairwoman Georgia Myers said.
Last year, the Scouts honored John F. Gambatese, senior vice president at Random House in Westminster.
In 1991, they honored Louis B. Scharon, an agent with Long & Foster Realtors in Westminster and a county commissioner from 1978 to 1981.
A 12-member award committee organized yesterday's luncheon. The chairmen were Mr. Gambatese and William Gavin, personnel director at Random House.