scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Silver Beaver Twice?
Neil Lupton (NeilLup@AOL.COM
Tue Feb 15 2000 - 07:50:41 CST
There have been some excellent posts on this question including Mike Walton's
very definitive listing of Silver Beaver procedures and other alternative.
But the original question seemed to ask "What is the appropriate recognition
for an individual who received the Silver Beaver in the past and who has
continued to provide leadership in the local council."
Mike's suggestions plus others were:
1) If the individual is a union member - the George Meany award
2) If the individual has been involved in Urban Scouting - the Whitney Young
3) If the individual has been involved in Exploring - the Spurgeon Award
3) If the individual earned the Eagle Scout and has been very successful -
the Distinguished Eagle Award
4) If the individual has been active in the Order of the Arrow - the Vigil
Honor and/or the Founder's Award
5) If the individual has been involved in conservation - the Hornaday Award
6) If the individual has provided leadership at the regional or national
level - the Silver Antelope
7) If the individual has provided leadership in their religion - the
appropriate religious award
8) If the individual has been an effective Commissioner - the Distinguished
Some other more personal possibilities -- the person can have a James West
fellowship in their name funded by the other leaders in your council.
Another very nice alternative I have seen is to have an award created in the
person's name in the council -- my council's OA lodge presents two awards in
the name of former lodge advisors whom the lodge wanted to remember. At one
time, my council had an award for professional service in the name of a
former Scout Executive.
We had a volunteer who, for 5 years, worked every day for no pay as the
manager of the Scout Shop. When he "retired" from that job, the Scout Shop
was named for him.
You can arrange to have a building or room named for the person at camp or at
the Service Center.
You could endow one or more camperships in perpetuity or for a period of time
in the person's name in the council. These could be camperships for boys,
Wood Badge camperships for adults, etc.
I only mention these alternatives to suggest that there may be ways other
than the "formal" recognition to tell someone that they are appreciated. I
have served more than once on Silver Beaver selection committees and I don't
think these committees would have looked favorably upon a second award. I am
not sure if many Silver Beavers would particularly want a second award. (At
one time a committee I was on selected a person and when he was informed of
the award asked "Can you get it twice?" We didn't know that he had received
the award almost 20 years earlier in a previous council. He declined a
second award.) However, we would have done everything possible to identify a
way to recognize the person that would be meaningful to them and
inspirational to other leaders.