Three area men were awarded the District Award of Merit for the Pocono District, Minsi Trails Council of Boy Scouting, at Blue Ridge Country Club, Palmerton. Named recipients of the high scouting award were Thomas Zimmerman Jr., assistant scout master of Troop 106, Mahoning Valley; Joseph Decker, Executive Council member of Minsi Trails Council, and Richard Mathiesen, scout master of Troop 83, East Stroudsburg. The District Award was presented by Dr. Howard M. Cyr of Palmerton, Pocono District vice chairman.