The Rev. David C. Surrett is a life-long scouting ambassador and a champion for youth development. Surrett has served for 39 years in the ministry across the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, having served 14 churches across the state. During this time, he remained a faithful servant in scouting and organized and supported scouting units in every church he’s served, from 100 to 2,000 members over four decades.
For these and his other many talents, Surrett was awarded the Silver Antelope Award Nov. 12.
Surrett was a registered volunteer in every council across South Carolina throughout his ministry service. An Eagle Scout and an active youth leader, he served as an Order of the Arrow Lodge Chief and as Section Chief. He as active in many levels throughout his council and districts, having served on the council executive board and as a council vice president. Active in the Order of the Arrow, Surrett has served as a lodge advisor, on the Southeast Region OA Committee as chaplain, on the staff for the National Leadership Seminar and the National Lodge Adviser Training Seminar. He also served more than 10 times on staff for the National Order of the Arrow Conference and on the National OA Subcommittee for Recognition, Awards, History and Preservation.
His service has extended to multiple National Scout Jamborees, on the Area 15 NACP Assessment Team, on the staff for the Area Commissioners College and most recently as the NST 15 Lead for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
For distinguished service across scouting, Surrett received the District Award of Merit, Vigil Honor Member, Centurion Award, OA Distinguished Service Award, God & Service Award, The Silver Beaver Award and the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award.
Surrett said he is most proud of having watched his sons succeed in scouting. Both earned their Eagle Scout rank and received the Vigil Honor in the Order of the Arrow.
The Silver Antelope award is a regional award presented by the Regional Executive Committee for outstanding and distinguished service to youth within one of the service territories.