Santa Barbara ZOO CEO, Rich Block, to be Recognized by Boy Scouts of America

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Los Padres Council, Boy Scouts of America is proud to announce that Mr. Richard Block will be honored as the 2016 recipient of the “Good Scout Award.” Los Padres Council has been serving the youth of Santa Barbara County since 1914 and would not be able to fulfill the mission of our council without the leadership of committed volunteers like Richard Block.

Los Padres Council’s “Good Scouter Award” recognizes a leader of our community who sets a positive example for others to follow – through living in accordance with the Scout Oath and Law; while also demonstrating exceptional involvement in the community. Mr. Block was selected by a committee of community volunteers, who each year identify an exceptional community leader nominated to the Board of Directors for this prestigious recognition. This year, the Board identified Richard Block as having exemplified character, leadership and commitment to the Santa Barbara community.

Richard Block has been a leader in the Santa Barbara community since he first relocated to Santa Barbara in 1998 to accept the role as CEO at the Santa Barbara Zoo. The Santa Barbara Zoo has been a landmark in the Santa Barbara community for many years and under Mr. Block’s leadership the Santa Barbara Zoo has been transformed into a platform for both education and conservation. Additionally, Mr. Block has been a great supporter of Los Padres Council Scouts and Leaders. Richard not only has volunteered his time as an adult member of Troop 37 but he has also been instrumental in providing access for Scouts and their families to over-night camp at the Santa Barbara Zoo while simultaneously partaking in educational programing and partnerships.

Los Padres Council will formally recognize Mr. Block during its annual “Scouting, A Celebration of Youth” event held on the evening of Thursday, October 20, 2016 at the historical Santa Barbara Club located in downtown Santa Barbara. We invite the community to join us in celebrating Mr. Block for his commitment to our youth and to our community. Proceeds from the event will help fund scouting programs throughout the Santa Barbara County. For more details, please contact Los Padres Council at (805) 967-0105 or email Carlos Cortez, CEO/Scout Executive at We hope that you will join us for what will be a very memorable evening.

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