Roy Philip Boring will receive the Jack Harris Spirit of Scouting Award at the New Cumberland Hall of Fame Ceremony on Sunday, February 6. The presentation of award began in 1995 in honor of the late Jack Harris and recognizes those who have dedicated service to the Scouting program.
Roy was born in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania on December 17, 1953, the first of three children of William Boring and Wilma “Thayer” Boring. His sisters and brother-in laws are Joyce and Ralph Barnhart; Wilma J. and Glenn Brown, and his brother and sister-in-in-law are Robert and Connie Boring.
Roy is the parent of three children; Roy II, Mary and Tamara and son-in-law Luke Myers. He has seven grandchildren; Holly, Kylie, Trey, Nathan, Noah, Evan, and Chloe. Roy has four great grandchildren; Arlana, Jack, Geneva, and Patrick, Jr.
Roy has lived in New Cumberland since he was one year old and graduated from Oak Glen High School. Growing up in a small community, and a high school that was community based left many fond memories of a great and inspiring community. Roy attended the Methodist Church growing up. He attended the New Cumberland High School until 1963 where all twelve grades were consolidated under one roof. In his Junior High years he became a crossing guard under the direction of Chief of Police William Webster. Roy ran track and played football under the direction of Dick Coe and Steve Kuzio. Then it was off to the consolidated Oak Glen High School, where Roy got to blend in with students from other communities, where he played football and track.
Roy belonged to the New Cumberland Volunteer Fire Department while in high school until he left for military service. After graduation Roy enlisted in the United States Army Military Police Corps where he served three years active duty from 1972 to 1975. During his tour, his basic training was at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Then he was off to Fort Gordan, Georgia for Military Police School. He was then assigned to Fort Meade with the Military Police Combat Unit, then he was re-assigned to the 526th MP Company, Provost Marshal’s Office at Fort Meade and was made A/SGT (E-4) at the AWOL Apprehension Team in Beckley, West Virginia for two years. Roy received several awards and citations during his tour of duty.
After completing his active duty, he began his military career in the United Stated Army Reserves and retired in July of 2000 as the NCOIC of the Provost Marshal’s Office in Oakdale, Pennsylvania for the 99th RSC. Roy received several awards and citations during his tenure.
Roy was hired by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department in February of 1976; served as a field officer;, and retired as a detective on1 January 2007.
Roy was the Scoutmaster of Troop 38 for several years in the late 1970’s and advisor for the law enforcement post of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department. Jack Harris was the scoutmaster and as a friend had asked Roy to take over his troop since Roy was one of his assistants and of course Roy did with the understanding that Jack would mentor him through the paperwork, advancements, Eagle projects and Eagle Awards. It truly was a rewarding experience with the interactions of the family members and a great committee who oversaw the growth of the program at the Presbyterian Church.
Roy obtained his two-year A.A.S, Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement Degree from West Virginia Northern Community College in Weirton. Later he attended West Liberty State College where he received his bachelorof science degree in Criminal Justice. Later in life he obtained his master’s in Geography and Regional Planning Degree from California, Pennsylvania.
Roy worked at West Virginia Northern Community College at all three Campuses (Weirton, Wheeling and New Martinsville) as an adjunct professor, having taught Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Geography during his tenure.
Roy is retired and is active in the community while enjoying family and friends, an enjoyment in life he will cherish.