La Sierra President Lawrence T. Geraty with Henry J. Coil, Jr. in a file photo from 2006 La Sierra University Commencement Celebration.

The Boy Scouts of America recently honored a lifetime Riverside resident and a volunteer board member of the Boy Scouts of America's California Inland Empire Council.

Henry Coil, 74, recently received a Legacy Award  in Atlanta. He is one of four recipients of the first-time award and the only person west of the Mississippi among the four.

The Boy Scouts of America Legacy Award honors those that have made lifetime contributions.

Coil, a long-time businessman whose most recent title is past president of Tilden-Coil Constructors, said that he appreciated the recognition – but was very surprised about it.

"I've been involved in Scouting all my life – it's a great program," Coil said Wednesday. "I got a lot out of it as a boy. I know how much it will mean to boys in years to come who take advantage of the program."

Coil is already recognized as a substantial donor of the California Inland Empire Council. His company specializes in school construction and is responsible for building more than 30 campuses throughout the Inland region.

Coil attended Magnolia Elementary, Central Middle School and Poly High. After he graduated from Poly High in 1950, Coil pursued his degree in engineering at UC Berkeley.

On top of all the many monetary donations he has made, Coil has contributed countless hours in volunteer time.

The 90-year-old California Inland Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America is based in Redlands and serves Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It is touted as one of the fastest growing Councils nationwide with more than 38,000 Scouts and more than 10,000 adult volunteers.

The current council formed in 1973 through the merger of the Arrowhead Area, Grayback and Riverside councils.

In 2006 a portion of the Old Baldy Council merged into the California Inland Empire Council.

The California Inland Empire Council serves all of Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

For more: www.bsa-ciec.org

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