Council Alumnus of the Year Award - Scouting Alumni & Friends

Council alumnus of the year award

Honoring outstanding alumni at the council level​.

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow…​

The Council Alumnus of the Year Award features an acorn, a reminder that Scouts and Scouters plant trees under which they may never sit.

It is in that vein that the award was created as it recognizes those that promote and share the gift of Scouting through their careers, avocations, and their influence.

The Council Alumnus of the Year Award is different than other awards in Scouting as it does not simply recognize the individual for being a distinguished person or honor those giving time and energy to the BSA as a volunteer leader; Scouting already has awards that do that. It is more of a combination between the two. Primary consideration is given to those that remind Scouting alumni to maintain a lifetime relationship with Scouting, which enables Scouting to remain healthy for future generations. In addition, potential recipients of the award may be nominated based on the three following categories:
  • Career and/or avocation, such as achieving high honor or distinction in their chosen profession.
  • Community service, including contributions to Scouting or other community efforts or organizations.
  • Scouting promotion, contributing significantly to the promotion and/or advancement of the BSA alumni program and activities at a council level over a sustained period of time through word and/or deed.

We are trying to recognize folks who are not only distinguished but are also continuing to give back to Scouting or share Scouting’s message with others.
– Rick Bragga, Senior Vice-Chair of the Scouting Alumni Association

How to get the award

  • Nominees must be a BSA alumnus – which means he or she has been positively and personally impacted by the BSA in some way.
  • Local councils may set additional process and procedures for selection.
  • A maximum of one recipient may be awarded per council per year.
  • Approved applications are forwarded to the to the Scouting Alumni & Friends Committee for consideration. Those approved will be added to the list of Council Alumni Award Recipients.

Form

Supply item description and uniform placement

Knot, worn on any field uniform above the left pocket; lapel pin for civilian wear; knot device, separated from lapel pin and placed on top of alumni square knot.

Supply/Bin item no.

Certificate No. 621404 (available for download);
Knot, No. 611866; lapel pin, No. 621089;
Medal, No 621294 (available at www.bsaalumnistore.com/SAFRecognitions-Awards/)

More information

Council alumnus of the year award recipients

Listed alphabetically by council
*Multiple council alums of the year in a given year are due to council mergers

Abraham Lincoln (144)

Alabama-Florida (003)

Alameda (022)

Alamo Area (583)

Allegheny Highlands (382)

Aloha (104)

2018
Helen S. Shirota-Benevides
2017
Barry K. Taniguchi
2016
Robert Fujimoto

Andrew Jackson (303)

Anthony Wayne Area (157)

Arbuckle Area (468)

Atlanta Area (092)

Baden-Powell (368)

Baltimore Area (220)

Bay Area (574)

Bay-Lakes (635)

Black Hills Area (695)

Black Swamp Area (449)

Black Warrior (006)

Blackhawk Area (660)

Blue Grass (204)

2017
Timothy C. Brown

Blue Mountain (604)

Blue Ridge (551)

2017
A. King Dixon II
2016
Russell H. Smart

Blue Ridge Mountains (599)

Buckeye (436)

Buckskin (617)

Bucktail (509)

Buffalo Trace (156)

Buffalo Trail (567)

Caddo Area (584)

Calcasieu Area (209)

California Inland Empire (045)

Cape Cod and Islands (224)

Cape Fear (425)

Capitol Area (564)

Cascade Pacific (492)

Catalina (011)

Central Florida (083)

2016
Barrie Biss

Central Georgia (096)

Central Minnesota (296)

Central North Carolina (416)

2017
William C. Cannon, Jr.
2016
Donald P. Schultz

Chattahoochee (091)

2017
Ingeborg Wills
2015
Cpt. Frederic M. Sieg

Cherokee Area (469)

Cherokee Area (556)

Chester County (539)

Chickasaw (558)

2018
David A. Luechauer
2016
Buddy Burkett

Chief Cornplanter (538)

Chief Seattle (609)

Chippewa Valley (637)

Choctaw Area (302)

Cimarron (474)

2017
B. Dale Huse

Circle Ten (571)

2017
David M. Hamilton

Coastal Carolina (550)

2017
David Allen Coffey

Coastal Georgia (099)

Colonial Virginia (595)

Columbia-Montour (504)

Connecticut Rivers (066)

Connecticut Yankee (072)

Conquistador (413)

Cornhusker (324)

Coronado Area (192)

Cradle of Liberty (525)

Crater Lake (491)

Crossroads of America (160)

Dan Beard (438)

Daniel Boone (414)

2018
Richard B. Hurley
2017
Jack C. Cole
2015
Edward A. Pease

Daniel Webster (330)

De Soto Area (013)

Del-Mar-Va (081)

Denver Area (061)

Direct Service (800)

East Carolina (426)

2017
B. Mayo Boddie, Jr.

East Texas Area (585)

Erie Shores (460)

Evangeline Area (212)

Far East (803)

Five Rivers (375)

Flint River (095)

French Creek (532)

Gamehaven (299)

Garden State (690)

Gateway Area (624)

Georgia-Carolina (093)

Glacier’s Edge (620)

Golden Empire (047)

2016
Gil Albiani
2015
Kay Albiani

Golden Spread (562)

Grand Canyon (010)

2017
Gary A. Smith, MD.

Grand Columbia (614)

2016
Penny L. Sibley

Grand Teton (107)

Great Alaska (610)

Great Lakes FSC (272)

2017
Jay S. Bottorff

Great Rivers (653)

Great Salt Lake (590)

Great Smoky Mountain (557)

2016
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander

Great Southwest (412)

Great Trail (433)

Greater Alabama (001)

Greater Los Angeles Area (033)

Greater New York Councils (640)

2017
Johannes Knoops, FAAR, Assoc, AIA

Greater Niagara Frontier (380)

Greater St. Louis Area (312)

2017
Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield
2016
Thomas F. George
2015
Richard H. McClure

Greater Tampa Bay Area (089)

2017
James L Ferman, Jr

Greater Wyoming (638)

Greater Yosemite (059)

Green Mountain (592)

Greenwich (067)

Gulf Coast (773)

Gulf Stream (085)

Hawk Mountain (528)

Hawkeye Area (172)

Heart of America (307)

Heart of New England

Heart of Virginia (602)

Hoosier Trails (145)

Housatonic (069)

Hudson Valley (374)

2017
David E. Petrovits
2016
Robert T. Armistead

Illowa (133)

Indian Nations (488)

Indian Waters (553)

Inland Northwest (611)

Iroquois Trail (376)

Istrouma Area (211)

Jayhawk Area (197)

Jersey Shore (341)

Juniata Valley (497)

Katahdin Area (216)

La Salle (165)

Lake Erie (440)

Las Vegas Area (328)

Last Frontier (480)

Laurel Highlands (527)

Leatherstocking (400)

Lincoln Heritage (205)

Long Beach Area (032)

Longhorn (662)

2012
Glenn A. Adams

Longhouse (373)

Longs Peak (062)

Los Padres (053)

Louisiana Purchase (213)

Marin (035)

Mason-Dixon (221)

Maui County (102)

Mayflower (251)

2015
Peter P. Casey

Mecklenburg County (415)

Miami Valley (444)

Michigan Crossroads (780)

Mid-America (326)

Middle Tennessee (560)

2018
John M. Green
2017
Buford L. Reed
2016
Raymond T. Capp

Mid-Iowa (177)

2017
James Wissler II

Midnight Sun (696)

Minsi Trails (502)

2017
Robert Klinger Smith
2016
Edward Cool
2015
Claude E. Kohl, Jr.
2014
Elwood F. Laudenslager

Mississippi Valley (141)

Mobile Area (004)

Monmouth (347)

2018
Bray B. Barnes
2016
Kurt M. Kalafsky, AIA
2015
Carl M. Marchetti, MD

Montana (315)

Moraine Trails (500)

Mount Baker (606)

Mount Diablo Silverado (023)

Mountaineer Area (615)

Muskingum Valley (467)

Narragansett (546)

National Capital Area (082)

National Council (000)

Nevada Area (329)

2017
Edwin A. Ricks

New Birth of Freedom (544)

North Florida (087)

Northeast Georgia (101)

Northeast Illinois (129)

Northeast Iowa (178)

Northeastern Pennsylvania (501)

Northern Lights (429)

Northern New Jersey (333)

Northern Star (250)

Northwest Georgia (100)

Northwest Texas (587)

2015
James T. Hughes

Norwela (215)

Occoneechee (421)

Ohio River Valley (619)

Old Hickory (427)

Old North State (070)

Orange County (039)

Oregon Trail (697)

Ore-Ida (106)

Overland Trails (322)

Ozark Trails (306)

Pacific Harbors (612)

2018
Michael Movius
2017
Gary Douglas Stedman
2016
Lesa Leduc
2015
Alan G. Spaulding
2014
Ed Zeiger

Pacific Skyline (031)

Palmetto (549)

Pathway to Adventure (456)

2017
Donald Harris
2016
Michael Tangen
2015
Dr. Brad L. Epstein
Michael S. LoPresti
Teri L. Ros
David N. Sheppard

Patriots’ Path (358)

2018
Bill Smith
2017
Lawrence Rosello
2016
Brian R. Haas
2015
John E. Hein

Pee Dee Area (552)

2017
Diane Bauer

Pennsylvania Dutch (524)

Piedmont (042)

Piedmont (420)

Pikes Peak (060)

Pine Burr Area (304)

Pine Tree (218)

Pony Express (311)

Potawatomi Area (651)

2017
Lucien Van Elsen

Prairielands (117)

President Gerald R. Ford FSC (781)

Puerto Rico (661)

Pushmataha Area (691)

Quapaw Area (018)

2014
Dr. David L. Briscoe

Quivira (198)

Rainbow (702)

Redwood Empire (041)

2016
Richard C. Tallman

Rio Grande (775)

Rip Van Winkle (405)

Rocky Mountain (063)

Sagamore (162)

Sam Houston Area (576)

Samoset (627)

San Diego-Imperial (049)

San Francisco Bay Area (028)

Santa Fe Trail (194)

Seneca Waterways (397)

Sequoia (027)

2017
Richard M. Egan

Sequoyah (713)

Shenandoah Area (598)

Silicon Valley Monterey Bay (055)

Simon Kenton (441)

Sioux (733)

Snake River (111)

South Florida (084)

South Georgia (098)

South Plains (694)

South Texas (577)

Southeast Louisiana (214)

Southern Shores FSC (783)

Southern Sierra (030)

Southwest Florida (088)

Stonewall Jackson Area (763)

Suffolk County (404)

Susquehanna (533)

Suwannee River Area (664)

Tecumseh (439)

Texas Southwest (741)

Texas Trails (561)

The Spirit of Adventure (227)

2017
John R. Halsey
Robert L. Wanamaker
2016
Elmer C. Lupton
2014
Marshall M. Sloane

Theodore Roosevelt (386)

Three Fires (127)

2018
John W. McKenzie
2017
Jeffrey D. Zavoral

Three Harbors (636)

2017
Lee Kammerer

Three Rivers (578)

Tidewater (596)

Transatlantic (802)

Trapper Trails (589)

2018
Dennis W. Freeman
2017
Neil Butterfield
2016
Robert K. Petersen
2015
Brent Christensen

Tukabatchee Area (005)

Tuscarora (424)

Twin Rivers (364)

Twin Valley (283)

Utah National Parks (591)

Ventura County (057)

Verdugo Hills (058)

Voyageurs Area (286)

W.D. Boyce (138)

Washington Crossing (777)

Water and Woods FSC (782)

West Tennessee Area (559)

Westark Area (016)

Westchester-Putnam (388)

2011
Jack M. Coughlin

Western Colorado (064)

Western Los Angeles County (051)

2017
Irv Goldring, Esq.
2016
Michael K. Lanning

Western Massachusetts (234)

2017
Joshua David Hall
2016
John Willemain
2015
Cheryl D. Izyk
2014
Jeffrey W. Glaze

Westmoreland-Fayette (512)

Winnebago (173)

Yocona Area (748)

Yucca (573)