by SAMANTHA EDWARDS | photos by Spark Photography

In the Service of Others

volunteer_halterman2Faith Halterman truly embodies what it means to be a leader and positive role model. As the committee chair for 92128’s Cub Scout Pack 624, which serves children from several Carmel Mountain Ranch area elementary schools, Faith plans events such as camping, field trips, and other activities, ensuring that the Pack is thriving and serving the needs of families in the community. She is also a mother to sons Nathan and Adam and cats Boomer, Ginger, and Mochi. While Faith currently dedicates countless hours to her role as a Scout leader, it was not always part of her initial “Tour Plan,” as she puts it, to be so involved with the organization.

volunteer_halterman3In October 2015, Faith’s husband unexpectedly passed away after recovering from brain surgery. Despite the darkness she and her sons felt in those early hours, something beautiful happened – Pack families took turns delivering meals every night for a month, bringing toys for Nathan and Adam, flowers and treats for Faith, and continually stopping by to check on them. “I had never felt such a feeling of support and family before!” Faith shared. “Though I did not know how at the time, I knew that I wanted to give back, be there for others, and help provide that same feeling of support for others.” So just a few months later, Faith joined Pack 624 and hasn’t looked back since. “I love watching both of my sons laugh and have pure fun on Scouting events,” she said. “We’re bonding as a family and creating new happy memories, and I have the opportunity to be a role model in a capacity for my sons that I never thought was possible.” In fact, it was only recently that Faith realized how much she was actually gaining by giving her time to Scouting, an experience she feels is perfectly captured in Gandhi’s quote: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Name: Faith Catherine Halterman
Community: Carmel Mountain Ranch
Volunteer Affiliation: Committee Chair, Cub Scout Pack 624
Occupation: Systems Engineer at BAE Systems
Family: Two sons – Nathan and Adam; cats – Boomer, Ginger, and Mochi
Hobbies: Scouting, Legos, having fun adventures with my sons

Aside from her volunteer work with Cub Scouts, Faith has been a systems engineer at BAE Systems in Rancho Bernardo for 20 years, a position that has afforded her opportunities to travel and work with great teams. In their free time, Faith, Nathan, and Adam enjoy going to local parks, ice cream shops, and farmers markets. This admirable mother and volunteer has certainly gotten lost in serving others – finding herself and making a positive impact on many lives along the way.

Group: Boy Scouts of America, Cub Scout Pack 624
Mission: To prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.