Al Best – ASM for Logistics

Wood Badge Course / Critter: Bob White SE-55 (1975), Bear SR-267 (1998)Al-Best-Photo

Scout Unit: Troop 700

District: Cardinal

Years in Scouting: 7 years at youth, since 1986 as an adult

Highest Rank: Eagle

Current Registered Position: Committee Member

Other Positions in Scouting and for how long?

  • Boy Scout leader 30 years
  • Venturing Associate Advisor 5 years
  • Cadet
  • Senior Girl Scout leader 3 years.

Occupation? Biostatistician at MCV School of Dentistry

Who’s in Your Family?

  • Barbara (wife)
  • Ryan (son)
  • Korinne (daughter in law)
  • Anna (daughter)
  • I don’t count the cats.

What is your favorite Scouting event? Northern Tier High Adventure

What do you most enjoy doing? Canoeing in Canada

What is your best Scouting memory? My daughter earning Venturing Silver Award

If you had unlimited time and resources, what would you choose to do? Live on a coral reef

What are the most important things in your life? Helping others

What do most people not know about you? I learned about first aid for arterial bleeding after sticking my Bowie knife through the hand of a fellow Scout.

What are your favorite movies?  Of my 1258 rated Netflix movies, I’ve only given 120 of them 5 stars. The “A”s include: Alien(both), Amazing Spider-Man, Apocalypse Now, and The Apostle. Of course, all The Godfather movies.

What is your favorite food or meal?  Rib-eye steak (medium rare), baked potato with cream cheese, fresh green beans, Cabernet Sauvignon

What is your favorite book as an adult? Anything by John McPhee, David McCullough, or Neal Stephenson As a youth? Anything my Heinlein, Asimov, or Ian Fleming.

What is something about you that would surprise other people? I’m not that great at arithmetic.

What is your favorite childhood memory? Camping on the shore of Traverse Lake in Michigan with my family—every year until I was 14.

What is your favorite music and bands? Rock ‘n’ Roll

What are your hobbies? The endless variety of life

Geez, anything else? Did you say geezer?!