Cummins joins Scouting staff

Paige Cummins
For The Courier-Post
Posted: Dec. 5, 2019 10:45 am

HANNIBAL | Hannibal native Paige Cummins will join the Mississippi Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America beginning Dec. 12.

Cummins will become the district executive for Eagle Valley District. She previously worked at in the admissions department at Culver-Stockton College. A graduate of Quincy University, Cummins will be responsible for Scouting's operations in West Central Illinois and Southeast Iowa. Her duties will include recruiting and training adult volunteers, creating opportunities for all youth and their families to join Scouting and delivering the promise of adventure and character development.

Eagle Valley District serves the counties of Adams, Brown, Hancock, Pike, Schuyler in Illinois, Lee and part of VanBuren in Iowa, and Clark in Missouri. Cummins can be reached starting Dec. 12 at Paige.Cummins@ Scouting. org.

The Mississippi Valley Council also has promoted Heather Huebner to the role of program director. Huebner has been with the council since 2010 and has served as district executive and senior district executive. In her new role, she will oversee all program and administrative responsibilities for Saukenauk Scout Reservation located in Mendon, Ill. and Camp Eastman in Nauvoo, IL. Both camps provide summer and weekend activities to more than 6,000 campers each year.

J. David Gilbert will be assuming the responsibilities of field director. Gilbert has been with the council since 2012 and has served as district executive, district director and development director. In his new role, Gilbert will oversee the recruitment of boys and girls into the Cub Scout, Scouts BSA and Exploring programs.


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