On March 31st, 2020, the world lost a dedicated Scouter, David S. Cook. A man of great kindness and integrity, David was a mentor to many, both young and old, and a friend to all. Growing up abroad, David was a Cub Scout in Lebanon and a Boy Scout in Venezuela. When Pack 414 was formed at Immaculate Conception Church, he volunteered as a Bear (and then Webelos) Den Leader, and Cubmaster from 1993 to 1994. With Troop 414, he was an Assistant Scoutmaster before serving as Scoutmaster from 1995 to 2006. He was a summer camp leader for over two decades, on staff for several NYLT courses, and Scoutmaster of the Bronx / Manhattan Troop at the 2001 National Scout Jamboree. David was a Brotherhood member of Kintecoying Lodge of the Order of the Arrow and earned his Wood Badge Beads. He was a long-time member of the Big Apple District Committee, and served as Roundtable Commissioner and later as District Commissioner.
Former Cub and Boy Scouts under David’s leadership:
“Mr. Cook was/is a significant mentor for me and I am greatly saddened by his passing. His selfless service and influence on me as a child has had tremendous positive effects on my adult life; effects that have materialized in my own continued service to our great nation.” – Capt. John B. Caponong, US Air Force
“He was a father figure to me… I give much credit to him for teaching me lessons in life through the Scouting ways: always being prepared, patient and respectful… He was a role model to so many; he will continue to be as his legacy will live on forever.” – Kenneth De Los Reyes, MD, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Loma Linda University
“His ability to simultaneously consider the task to be accomplished, the development needs of the individual and group, and Scouting’s high standards of excellence seemed effortless, his wisdom humbling, and his patience striking.” – Michael O’Brien, GNYC Order of the Arrow Advisor
All contributions to the David S. Cook Memorial Tribute will go toward a developing Commemorative Project in his honor at Ten Mile River Scout Camps.