South Carolina Senator Brad Hutto was recently named a 2019 Recipient of the Silver Antelope Award, the highest award the Southern Region, B.S.A. can bestow on an adult volunteer. Sen. Hutto has a long and legacy building history within the Order of the Arrow in Muscogee Lodge and Southern Region Section 5. For a full list of Sen. Hutto’s scouting accomplishments, please see his scouting biography below.
Brad Hutto Scouting Biography
Brad Hutto joined Cub Scouts in 1964. He progressed through all of Cub Scout ranks earning his Bobcat, Wolf, Bear and Lion Badges. Upon receiving his Arrow of Light, he joined Troop 55 in Holly Hill in 1968. Brad Hutto became an Eagle Scout at age 13 in 1971. As a Scout, Hutto attended nine Central South Carolina Council camporees (1968-1976). He attended Camp Barstow in 1969, 1970, 1971. He was a CIT at Camp Barstow in 1972 and then served on staff at Camp Barstow in 1973, 1974 and 1975. Hutto attended Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico with the council contingent in 1972. The following year, he served as Senior Patrol Leader of the Council contingent to the 1973 National Jamboree in Pennsylvania. Hutto serve as Assistant Program Director at Camp Coker in 1976 and as Assistant Scoutmaster for the Council contingent to the 1977 National Jamboree.
Brad Hutto was elected to the Order of the Arrow in 1970, received his Brotherhood in 1971, and became a Vigil Honor member of Muscogee Lodge 221 in 1974. Hutto was on the ceremonies team and a dancer for the tapout ceremony conducted weekly at Camp Barstow for the summers of 1973, 1974 and 1975. Hutto also served as Lodge Chief in 1974-75. Hutto attended the area fellowships from 1972-1977 and served as the Vice Chief of the Dixie Fellowship in 1975 and 1977. He attended the National Order of the Arrow conferences in Miami of Ohio in 1975 and the University of Tennessee in 1977. He served on the staff of the Southeast Region OA Conference at N.C. State in 1976.
Brad Hutto led a legal explorer post in Orangeburg for several years in the late 1980’s.
In 1997, Hutto’s son Skyler became a Tiger Cub. Brad Hutto and his wife Tracy Macpherson became den leaders in Pack 90 in Orangeburg. In 1998, they assumed leadership of the eight boys in Pack 90. For the next ten years, they alternated as Cubmaster and Pack Committee Chair of Pack 90, which grew to serve 140 boys. After Skyler earned his Arrow of Light he joined Troop 45 in Orangeburg, and Hutto became a Troop merit badge counselor and served on the Troop Committee. Skyler earned his Eagle and like his father also went on to serve on the Camp Staff of Camp Barstow and as Lodge Chief of Muscogee Lodge. Tracy was also inducted into the Order of the Arrow. Both Skyler and Tracy have received the Vigil Honor.
Brad has attended many Dixie Fellowships and served on the Council of Chiefs for the fellowship since 2002. He was the Dixie Advisor for the 2005 and 2017 Dixie fellowships hosted at Camp Barstow. Hutto attended the National Order of the Arrow conferences in 2004 (Iowa State), 2006 (Michigan State) and 2018 (Indiana University). He attended the National Conservation Leadership Summit in 2007 at Indiana University. Brad, Tracy and Skyler all worked on trail crews for ArrowCorps5 in 2008 in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Jackson Hole, Wyoming – the largest service project for the BSA and National Forest Service. Muscogee Lodge recognized him with the Founder’s Award (2009) and the Centurion Award (2015). His family presented the Lodge with funds for a new ceremony ring in 2017.
Hutto served as Cub Scout Resident Camp Director in 2006, 2007 and 2008. He is a certified Camp Inspector and has taken part in camp appraisals for Scout camps throughout the section for over a decade.
Brad and Tracy served as advisors for a Philmont trek in 2007 and Brad returned to Philmont as a crew advisor again in 2009. In 2010, Hutto was an Assistant Scoutmaster for a council troop attending the National Jamboree in 2010.
Hutto has been active for over a decade in raising money for the Edisto District and joined the board of the Indian Waters Council in 2003. He has been awarded the Whitney Young award, the District award of merit and the Silver Beaver. Hutto served as the President of the Indian Waters Council, Boy Scouts of America from 2009-2011.
During the 100th year anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America in 2010, he was named to the BSA Centennial Leadership Hall of Fame by the council.
Hutto has been recognized by the council as an Outstanding Eagle Scout (2013) and by the Boy Scouts of America as a Distinguished Eagle Scout (2014).
Hutto has been serving as the National Council Representative for the Indian Waters Council since 2012. In 2017, he was selected as Area President for Southern Region 5 and began serving on the Board of the Southern Region. At the Southern Region meeting in March, 2019, it was announced that he had been chosen to receive the Silver Antelope award.
Hutto is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and Georgetown University Law Center. He is a trial lawyer and member of the South Carolina State Senate since 1996. He also teaches at the University of South Carolina Honors College.