NORTH WEBSTER — Involvement in the Wawasee High School Supermileage team began for Scott Fox in 2012 when his oldest son got involved.
Students in the supermileage team build cars or improve on them in order to get the best miles per gallon in the Shell Eco-marathon.
Fox acts as the tech supervisor, using his knowledge and resources as an engineer to help the team. Wawasee has cars competing in three of the fuel categories: diesel, internal combustion and battery-operated.
This year they were one of three teams from the Americas to go to the finals in London this past summer and Fox was able to go along. The team finished first in the qualifier in California and placed second in their qualification for fuel category. In the London finals, Fox got to watch his super mileage team race against nine teams.
With a degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University, Fox can also help to guide these students in their future career paths based on what aspects of the super mileage team they enjoy.
Being in Scouts as a child, he also continues the legacy as the North Webster scoutmaster. His sons inspired him to become involved first in the Cub Scouts and then the Boy Scouts as they grew older. After his oldest son joined Cub Scouts in 2001, he became a leader within the group the next year, eventually becoming Cubmaster. “My dad was my leader in Cub Scouts, so it was just a natural progression,” Fox commented.
As his sons transferred to Boy Scouts, he became a leader in the troop and eventually became scoutmaster in 2008, a post he still holds today. He remarked being a scoutmaster is like being a project manager. He is responsible for coordinating the Boy Scouts in patrols and working to make them leaders. He also is involved in all of the planning and meetings as well as campouts. For the annual trip, he tries to plan a new and different location each year. Fox works with adult leaders to coordinate various training and learning opportunities for the Scouts.
To be scoutmaster, he has undergone both indoor and outdoor training, including safety, hazardous weather training, cooking and camping. He believes they currently have a strong troop with 32 Boy Scouts and five girls.
Even though both of his sons, Christopher and Brandon, are out of the Boys Scouts and the supermileage team now, Fox continues to help.
Working in Warsaw, he became a member of the Warsaw Kiwanis Club in 2003 and is the immediate past president.
He joined the North Webster Lions Club in 2010, due to his involvement with the Boy Scouts since the club has chartered the Cub Scouts for more than 60 years.
“A lot of my involvement started with Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts,” Fox admitted. As a member of both the Boy Scouts and Lions Club, he has seen the resurrection of the annual haunted house. He has been the secretary for the past four years and is preparing to attend the fairs and festivals convention to set in motion plans for the 2020 Mermaid Festival.
Fox grew up in New Paris but now lives in the Barbee chain with his wife, Michele.