Leaders in government, law enforcement, medicine and education all can write “Boy Scout” on their resumes. Here are a few of Snohomish County’s Scouts.
Capt. David Bales, 51, leads about 35 investigators in the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. The Stanwood resident said scouting introduced him to the concept of ethical leadership.
“The Scout Oath, the Scout Law, they really mean more to you as you go along.”
Bruce Overstreet, 49, teaches English at Everett High School, where he’s also the track and cross-country coach. He gained endurance in scouting, something he brings to triathlons today.
“I’m always kind of pushing the limits of things. I know that scouting had a big role in getting that attitude instilled in me.”
Dave Somers, 57, a Snohomish County councilman, said scouting helped him learn how to be himself as a leader. It also gave the Monroe resident a greater appreciation for the outdoors.
“My dad died when I was really young. I learned things in scouting that I just would not have gotten otherwise. It was just a good, wholesome experience.”
Dr. Bill Finley, 42, practices acute-care surgery for the Everett Clinic. He said scouting has had its ups and downs over the years, but those haven’t kept him from leading his son’s Cub Scout troop. The organization gave him a chance to go on long hikes as a teen.
“That was the activity I did that wasn’t sports-related. We certainly have a lot of fond memories from our 50-milers.”
— Andy Rathbun