Richard W. Gambrill, Jr., of White Marsh, Maryland is the 2020 recipient of the Woods Services Award for 2020.
The Woods Services Award is given annually by the Woods Services and Residential Treatment Center, to one BSA volunteer for exceptional service and leadership in the field of Special Needs Scouting.
Scouting Magazine has also reported on the 2020 Woods Services Award
Rich has been a Special Needs Scouter in Baltimore Area Council for years and his advice is sought after by Scouters throughout the Council. He is the founder of Pack and Troop 117, which were formed for Scouts with special needs, and he continues to serve Troop 117 as the Scoutmaster. He also founded Crew 117 in 2018. He is active in Chesapeake District, having served as District Chair, and, since 2010, serves as a member of the Baltimore Area Council Special Needs Scouting Committee. He also continues to serve as a Member at Large of the Council Advancement Committee on the sub-committee responsible for special needs reviews.
Rich has been honored with the Silver Beaver and Torch of Gold award by his Council. He has also received the Maryland Governor’s Volunteer Award.
Rich has taught at the Baltimore Area Council’s University of Scouting for the past 5 years in the area of “How to Advance your Special Needs Scout.” This class has been full each of the years he has taught it.
He participated in two National Scout Jamborees (2005 and 2010) before discovering the Disabilities Awareness Challenge (DAC). He staffed that activity in both 2013 and 2017. He was an integral member of the DAC team delivering the message of what Scouts who have disAbilities can do despite the challenges they face. He enjoys working with – Scouts with and without disabilities and gives a good perspective of what it is like for a Scout with a disability.
The Woods Services and Residential Treatment Center, established in 1913 in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, is a leading advocacy and service organization that provides educational, residential, and vocational services to children and adults with special needs. The Woods Services Award was established in 1978 in memory of Luther Wellington Lord, who served as a residential supervisor for more than 23 years at the Center, in recognition of his service to youth through Scouting at the local and national levels.