Cannon Beach Police Chief Jason Schermerhorn was presented the prestigious Silver Beaver volunteerism award on Feb. 23 at a special recognition ceremony in their honor.
The Silver Beaver Award is the top award a local Boy Scout council can bestow upon a volunteer mentor. Recipients are selected by confidential nominations of adult peers and only one award may be presented for every 60 troops.
As well as serving as chief, Schermerhorn is an adult leader in the Fort Clatsop District. In 2010 he became a den leader for Pack 540 and in 2012, he became the assistant Cubmaster and he remained in that position for three years.
In 2015, Schermerhorn moved on to become an assistant scoutmaster for Troop 642. From 2011-13 he served as a day camp range director for the Fort Clatsop Day Camp where he recruited fellow police officers to help run the range. He has also been serving as South County Scouting for Food chairman since 2013.
In 2011, Schermerhorn was the recipient of the Byron Award in Seaside which is presented each year to a member of the Seaside community who has demonstrated outstanding qualities in community service. He was also awarded the Fort Clatsop District Award of Merit for 2016. Schermerhorn served on the board of directors including as vice chairman and chairman a of The Harbor of Clatsop County which supports victims of domestic violence. Schermerhorn has been a volunteer for the Seaside Fire Department for more than 11 years.
Schermerhorn also volunteers on the Helping Hands board which serves the homeless population trying to reenter society in Clatsop, Tillamook, and Columbia counties. This year Schermerhorn is also teaching the course “Introduction to Criminal Justice” at Clatsop Community College.