How cool is that? Opening my email late last night from my LDS Bishop with the announcement and a congratulations completely caught me off guard. My immediate thought was that I was 'cc'd" and being invited to attend in honor of somebody else. I scanned over the list and didn't see my name. I then took more time to read the full email and thought that maybe it was for me and I scanned the list again. Sure enough, there I was mid way down the third column.
What an honor! I immediately called my son Aaron into my bedroom with my lovely wife Shelly and shared with them the news. I would have called in Haily, Adam, and Jessica with her husband and kids, but one was out for the evening, one was flying home from Hawaii, and the eldest now lives in Palo Alto, California. For me it is an honor to be nominated. I have spent all but about 4 years of my adult life serving in some capacity with the Boy Scouts of America. Shelly and I counted it up and it has been 29 years of adult leadership. The BSA values and skills are part of my soul and I have loved working with young men and helping them to develop into stellar human beings. I have watched them grow into becoming great husbands, fathers, lovers of the outdoors and all that life has to offer. I am a better person for my service and they are better young men because they have adopted the Scouting ideals into their ways of life.
So when I say, "How cool is that?", I really think it is pretty cool. I am honored to become a 2015 recipient of the Silver Beaver Award and I am looking forward to the September 19th awards ceremony in the Alpine Tabernacle.
SILVER BEAVER AWARD
The Silver Beaver Award is the council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council. The Silver Beaver is an award given to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service. It is given to those who do not actively seek it.
The medal consists of a silver beaver pendant suspended from a blue and white ribbon worn around the neck. Recipients may wear the corresponding square knot, with a white strand over a blue strand, on the BSA uniform.
Using the United States Military as the model, silver awards are the highest awards in the BSA.
The Silver Beaver was introduced in 1931 as a pin-on medal, but due to the heavy weight of the medallion it was switched over to a neck ribbon in mid-1932. A blue-white-blue ribbon bar was introduced in 1934 for informal uniform wear. In 1946, ribbon bars were replaced by the current knot insignia.
The Silver Beaver was initially awarded only to men. The Silver Fawn Award, an equivalent for women, was awarded starting in 1971. It used the same knot insignia, but on a blue background, as women were mostly involved in Cub Scouting during this period. The Silver Fawn was discontinued and the Silver Beaver began to be awarded to women in 1974. A total of 2,455 Silver Fawns were awarded to outstanding women for support of Cub Scouting before the award was discontinued in 1974.
Make it a great day!
Michael Leavitt - Orem, Utah