Boy Scouts honor former Evart resident Holihan

Robert T. Holihan recently has been the recipient of three prestigious awards from the BSA Tall Pine Council where his Father earned his Eagle Scout award in 1935.

Robert is a recent recipient of the Wood Badge, Blue Heron District Merit Award, (Pine Tree Award), and Order of the Arrow Vigil honor. He is the son of the (late) Robert J. Holihan and Virginia Holihan of Evart, MI.

Robert received his Eagle Scout Rank in 1946 under Scoutmaster Vern Duffey, Troop 162. Eagle Scouts are told “once and Eagle, always an Eagle”; and that they must “give back” to Scouting by helping younger scouts through the years.

Although Robert has no sons, and his grandsons are not yet in Boy Scouts, he is giving back in big ways. Since 2009 he has served BSA, Tall Pine Council, Blue Heron District as Advancement Commissioner. He guides Scouts through the process of attaining the Eagle Scout rank, and holds the Board of Review for them when their project is finished. He is also Order of the Arrow Advisor, and Catholic Advisor for the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Holihan volunteered at the 2010 BSA 100th Jamboree in Fort Royal, VA. He arrived ahead of the Scouts to ready the camp and equipment. During the camp he worked in the Bike-a-thon area making certain that the trails and bikes were ready and that safety equipment was in place.

In 2010, Holihan earned a very coveted “Wood Badge” rank himself. Wood Badge is a the most advanced leadership training available for Scout Leaders who are involved in the programs of the Boy Scouts of  America. Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, directed the first course in 1919.

On March 12, 2011 the Wood Badge was presented to Holihan at the Tall Pine Council Awards Ceremony in Attica, MI. That same evening he was honored with the coveted District Merit Award, (Pine tree Award), for Service to the Boy Scouts of America and the Community.

In addition to the regular Scouting Program, Holihan remains active in the Order of the Arrow (O/A) (Indian) camping and service division of BSA into which he was inducted in 1962 in Evart. He has been the Muscadawin Chapter O/A Advisor since 2009. Twice the Chapter has won the Council Award for Excellence during his tenure.

On August 20, 2011, Holihan was honored with the O/A Vigil Honor which is a high mark of distinction reserved for those who have made distinguished contributions beyond the immediate responsibilities of their position or office. It is the highest honor that O/A can bestow on its members.

Holihan is formerly of Big Rapids, MI where he was an Allied Health Instructor in Radiography at Ferris State University. After his retirement from FSU, he became an MRI Tech. He and his wife have retired to Attica, MI where he also volunteers for St. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church and Festival, Mobile Visitors Outreach, Lapeer Area Great Start Parents Coalition, Lapeer Refuge (Homeless project), AUMC Harvest Dinner, and Attica Food Pantry.