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Trail Life USA to Honor “Scoutmaster Jim” Saturday

Scoutmaster Jim's final Eagle Scout Ceremony at Teays Valley High School. Eight scouts on stage were receiving their Eagle Scout status while many of those in front of the stage had received Eagle Scout status under Ramey's leadership. Photo courtesy Dan Ramey Productions, LLC

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NOTE: Scoutmaster Jim was the oldest sibling of Litter Media’s Dan Ramey

A tribute photo following Ramey’s 30-plus years of service in Boy Scouts of America. Submitted photo

Scouting was a lifelong passion for Jim Ramey, who many knew as “Scoutmaster Jim”. Ramey’s sudden death just before Christmas 2020 shook those who knew him. He was 68.

After 30-plus years of service with the Boy Scouts of America, Ramey joined forces with a new group called Trail Life USA.

At the time of his departure from the BSA, Ramey stated  he was joining the new organization in part because “they adhere to the core values the BSA was founded upon.” 

Trial Life USA’s website describes the organization as being a “Church-Based, Christ-Centered, Boy-Focused mentoring and discipleship journey that speaks to the heart of a boy.”

Seven years ago, Ramey coordinated with others to begin the Trail Life USA Ohio troops which now number more than 30 and growing. Scoutmaster Jim will be honored in a collaborative ceremony, joined by both Trail Life USA and the BSA, Saturday afternoon at Crossroads Church in Circleville, Ohio.

Ramey was a member of Tail Life Troop OH-116 (based in Ashville), the Troop’s Committee Chair, High Adventure Chairman for the North Central Region for Trail Life USA, a member and instructor of the Ohio Rappel Masters, past member of the Chief Logan Service Area Committee, Order of the Arrow and recipient of numerous scouting leadership awards.

Trail Life USA has created the Jim Ramey Adventure Training Scholarship Fund for sending area trailmen to its leadership camp.

Scoutmaster Jim going over the finer points of rappelling with a young trailman scaling a cliff. Photo courtesy Trail Life USA.

Those wishing to make donations in Ramey’s name may do so through Trail Life USA, payable to: TLUSA-NCR, (in memo) Jim Ramey Memorial Fund, c/o C.J. Cordell, 30777 State Highway #40, New Auburn, WI 54757 or through Friends of Hocking Hills Memorial Fund, payable to: Friends of Hocking Hills, (in memo) James Ramey, friends of Hocking Hills State Park, P.O. Box #101, Logan, OH 43138.

Jim Ramey being interviewed by 10TV’s Bryant Summerville as Trail Life USA was beginning in Ohio. Submitted photo