When Win Quinley joined his local Boy Scouts of America troop he was 12 years old and the year was 1940. Fast forward 74 years and Quinley maintains the same passion for the Boy Scouts of America as he did as a young man.
Originally from Waterford, Quinley’s family moved to Oakdale when he was a child and when his father found out that the town had a local Boy Scouts troop, he suggested Quinley join.
“He didn’t have to encourage me because I wanted in,” said Quinley, noting his excitement as a child to possess the iconic Boy Scouts uniform.
Since joining the Oakdale Boy Scouts Troop # 43, Quinley has remained a registered Boy Scout his entire life. Drawn to the outdoors and camping aspect of the Scouts, Quinley learned vital life skills such as the importance of caring for himself and others by earning merit badges for tasks such as responding to emergencies. Quinley’s success and dedication to the Boy Scouts eventually earned him what he calls one of his biggest honors: the Eagle Scout.
Throughout many changes over the years, Quinley, now a Hughson resident, has stayed active in the Boy Scouts by serving in 30 leadership roles at all levels including as a National Council Member. Prior to assuming these roles, Quinley spent two years in the Navy before attending college. After transferring from Modesto Junior College to San Jose State University, Quinley received his degree in Business Administration all the while maintaining his membership in the Scouts as a member of the SJSU Scout Service Fraternity. Upon graduating he began work in the university’s registrar’s office and continued on this career path for over 33 years, ultimately retiring from CSU Stanislaus. Throughout his career, his Boy Scouts membership always played an integral role in his personal development, as well as distinguished him from other candidates.
“It would always come up in interviews and I would mention that I was still registered and had earned my Eagle Scout, which always made the conversation rather interesting,” reflected Quinley.
On May 3 Quinley was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Rio Del Oro District. This honor requires recipients to be currently registered with the Scouting Movement, have received the District Award of Merit, be a member of the Boy Scouts of America for at least 20 years and consistently render outstanding dedication to the Boy Scouts of America. Quinley received his award at the Rio Del Oro District awards ceremony where several local troops were present. Quinley’s recognition for his commitment to the Boy Scouts of America served as not only a personal accomplishment but an inspiration to the younger generations of Boy Scouts in attendance.