Matthew Sorrell, 33, is the new Boy Scouts of America Cub Master of Pack 406 in Winfield.
Sorrell took the reins this spring, supervising more than 65 boys in grades 1 through 5.
“I’ve been involved with Scouts pretty much my whole life. I started Scouting when I was 6, became an adult leader once I turned 18, took a few years off to start a family and job, and got back in once my kids wanted to join,” he said.
Sorrell earned Eagle Scout rank in 1996, and was assisting the Scoutmaster with both local troops and the National Jamboree Troop by 1997. He was later a Webelos den leader in charge of fourth- and fifth- graders.
“I enjoy seeing the joy and smiles on the boys' faces when they earn their ranks and badges, and the friendships that form for life. I see the confidence grow in each of them. The motto for scouting is ‘Do your best’ and that’s what each leader encourages,” Sorrell said.
“In my experience, scouting is a program that allows young men to become leaders, teachers, and fathers of the next generation. Scouting teaches us how to live and explore the outdoors, work as a team, and take part in activities that many do not get a chance experience.”
Sorrell has coached basketball with the Lakes of the Four Seasons league and served as a youth baseball coach for the last six years, most recently with the Porter Township Youth League Wolves team.
“I love the game of baseball and use a lot of the same leadership and teaching skills in baseball as in Scouting to help the boys reach their best,” he said.
Sorrell works as manager of Cardio-Pulmonary Services at Methodist Hospitals, Northlake and Southlake campuses, and is a member of the American Association for Respiratory Care.
He resides in Hebron with wife Jana and sons Drennan, Justin, Bryan, and Cayden.
Sorrell attends Church of the Four Seasons in Crown Point and enjoys hiking the Rocky Mountains and landscaping.
Courtesy of the Times.