Council Alumnus of the Year

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 (80%) is given to those that:

  • Remind Scouting alumni to maintain a lifetime relationship with Scouting, which enables Scouting to remain healthy for future generations.
  • 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.
  • Bring Scouting Alumni back to the Campfire.

Secondary consideration (20%) is given to:

  • 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.

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.
  • A maximum of one recipient may be awarded per council per year.
  • The nomination is not to be submitted posthumously.
  • Nominations are submitted to the individual Council BSA Alumni Committee for Their selection process.
  • Approved nominations are forwarded to the to the BSA Alumni Association Committee for consideration. Those approved will be returned with a personalized certificate and be added to the list of Council Alumnus of the Year recipients.

Nomination Form

Council Alumnus of the Year Nomination Form

Recognition Items

A personalized Certificate will be returned to the Council when the nomination is approved by the BSA Alumni Association.

  • Medal (SKU: 621294)*
  • Lapel pin with removable device (SKU: 621089)*
  • A separate knot device (SKU: 657423) is available for those who earned the Alumni Award (Knot, No. 611866).

(*) items can be ordered by the council on the BSA National Supply’s business to business website aka distributer site.

Council Alumnus of the Year Award Recipients

Listed alphabetically by council. Multiple council awards in a single year are due to council mergers.

Council NameYearNameNST
Alabama-Florida Council2018Charles G. Ciccarelli16
Alabama-Florida Council2019Fred P. Barkett16
Alabama-Florida Council2021Cecilia Ciccarelli16
Alamo Area Council2018John W. "JT" Thomas, MD7
Alamo Area Council2021Michael Moore7
Aloha Council2016Robert Fujimoto3
Aloha Council2017Barry K. Taniguchi3
Aloha Council2018Helen S. Shirota-Benevides3
Aloha Council2019Robert C. Leopoldino3
Anthony Wayne Area Council2018Bryan Lineberry9
Anthony Wayne Area Council2020Brian Monnier9
Baden Powell Council2022Harry Weldon10
Baden-Powell Council2020Michael Dana Hughes10
Baltimore Area Council2020Thomas L. Owsley12
Baltimore Area Council2021Jay Lenrow12
Bay-Lakes Council2018Allan Kieckhafer6
Blue Grass Council2017Timothy C. Brown14
Blue Grass Council2018E. Michael Warman14
Blue Grass Council2020Kennith D. Green14
Blue Grass Council2021Anthony B. Kenney14
Blue Mountain Council2019General James N. Mattis1
Blue Ridge Council2016Russell Hoke Smart15
Blue Ridge Council2017A. King Dixon II15
Blue Ridge Council2018R. Bruce White15
Blue Ridge Council2019L. Leon Patterson15
Blue Ridge Council2020Dr. E.W. Rabon, Jr.15
Blue Ridge Council2021Everett Baker15
Central Florida Council2016Barrie Biss16
Central Florida Council2018Sean C. Osmond16
Central Florida Council2020Floyd A. White, III16
Central Florida Council2021Dr. Thomas Yuschok16
Central North Carolina Council2017William C. Cannon, Jr.15
Central North Carolina Council2018Jack S. Kepley, Sr.15
Chattahoochee Council2015Cpt. Frederic M. Sieg14
Chattahoochee Council2016Donald P. Schultz14
Chattahoochee Council2017Ingeborg Wills14
Chattahoochee Council2018Ted N. Whealton14
Chattahoochee Council2019Clifford E. Hillhouse14
Chattahoochee Council2020Martha Ward Evans14
Chickasaw Council2016Buddy Burkett14
Chickasaw Council2018David A. Luechauer14
Chickasaw Council2018Henry Turley14
Chickasaw Council2019Lewis C. Williamson, Jr.14
Chippewa Valley Council2019David Raihle, Jr.4
Cimarron Council2017B. Dale Huse8
Cimarron Council2018John Keith8
Cimarron Council2020Fred G. Spellman8
Cimarron Council2021Dr. Jack W. Dillwith8
Coastal Carolina Council2017David Allen Coffey15
Coastal Carolina Council2018CPT Josh Nelson15
Coastal Carolina Council2019Kevin T. Kramer15
Coastal Georgia Council2019James W. Holland, Jr. D.M.D14
Coastal Georgia Council2021Patrick T. O'Connor14
Crossroads of the West Council (from Trapper Trails Council)2015Brent Christensen2
Crossroads of the West Council (from Trapper Trails Council)2016Robert K. Petersen2
Crossroads of the West Council (from Trapper Trails Council)2017Neil A. Butterfield2
Crossroads of the West Council (from Trapper Trails Council)2018Dennis W. Freeman2
Crossroads of the West Council (from Trapper Trails Council)2019Ange Workman2
Crossroads of the West Council2021Michael Isom2
Daniel Boone Council2017Jack C. Cole15
Daniel Boone Council2018Richard B. Hurley15
Daniel Boone Council2019Kenneth Scott Page15
Daniel Webster Council2021Mark W. Hamel11
East Carolina Council2017B. Mayo Boddie, Jr.15
Far East Council2018Daniel Jay O'Neill1
Far East Council2021John Traylor1
Flint River Council2022Richard Andrew McCall14
Gamehaven Council2020Marlowe Bennett4
Georgia-Carolina Council2020Robert Bolton, Jr.15
Georgia-Carolina Council2022Maury Locke15
Golden Empire Council2015Gil Albiani3
Golden Empire Council2016Kay Albiani3
Grand Canyon Council2017Gary A. Smith, MD2
Grand Columbia Council2016Penny L. Sibley1
Grand Columbia Council2018Bruce C. Heiser1
Great Smoky Mountain Council2017Lamar Alexander14
Great Smoky Mountain Council2018Roy Kramer14
Great Smoky Mountain Council2019Helen Marie Conor14
Great Smoky Mountain Council2020H. Doug Ferguson14
Great Smoky Mountain Council2021Max Haston14
Greater Hudson Valley Council (from Hudson Valley Council)2016Robert T. Armistead10
Greater Hudson Valley Council (from Hudson Valley Council)2017David E. Petrovits10
Greater Hudson Valley Council (from Hudson Valley Council)2018Sheriff Carl E. DuBois10
Greater Hudson Valley Council (from Hudson Valley Council)2019Kevin Foley, Esq.10
Greater Los Angeles2021Ross Arnold3
Greater New York Councils2017Johannes Knoops, FAAR, Assoc, AIA10
Greater New York Councils2019Andrew E. K. Yiannakos10
Greater St. Louis Area Council2015Richard H. McClure5
Greater St. Louis Area Council2016Thomas F. George5
Greater St. Louis Area Council2017Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield5
Greater St. Louis Area Council2018Paul T. Combs5
Greater St. Louis Area Council (from Lincoln Trails Council)2018Richard A. Nolte5
Greater St. Louis Area Council2020John Goodwin, Jr.5
Greater Tampa Bay Area Council2017James L. Ferman, Jr.16
Green Mountain Council2018Paul Stanilonis, M.D.11
Green Mountain Council2019John Hitchcock11
Green Mountain Council2020George Beach11
Green Mountain Council2021Richard Simays11
Indian Waters Council2021Carol Lee Caulk15
Jersey Shore Council2019Owen E. Heller13
Jersey Shore Council2020William F. Schmitz13
Jersey Shore Council2021Francis Thomas13
Juniata Valley Council2018Mark A. Bonson13
Juniata Valley Council2019Mark Salvatore13
Juniata Valley Council2020William H. Port13
Juniata Valley Council2021William H. Port13
Knox Trail Council2015Peter P. Casey
Long Beach Area Council2019Paul Muehlebach3
Michigan Crossroads (Great Lakes FSC)2017Jay S. Bottorff9
Michigan Crossroads (Great Lakes FSC)2020Earl Moorhouse9
Michigan Crossroads Council2020Michael Jedinak9
Michigan Crossroads Council2021Dennis Pate9
Mid-Iowa Council2017James Wissler II4
Mid-Iowa Council2020Terry Lebo4
Middle Tennessee Council2017Buford L. Reed14
Middle Tennessee Council2018John M. Green14
Middle Tennessee Council2019Ian M. Romaine, Ph.D.14
Middle Tennessee Council2020Phillip M. Pfeffer14
Middle Tennessee Council2021Ray T. Capp14
Middle Tennessee Council2022John Lea14
Minsi Trails Council2014Elwood F. Laudenslager13
Minsi Trails Council2015Claude E. Kohl, Jr.13
Minsi Trails Council2016Edward C. Cool13
Minsi Trails Council2017Robert Klinger Smith13
Minsi Trails Council2018Rev. George F. Spieker13
Minsi Trails Council2019Dr. Nevin W. Cope13
Minsi Trails Council2020Clifford Wayne Oberst13
Minsi Trails Council2021Donald Sachs13
Monmouth Council2015Carl M. Marchetti, MD13
Monmouth Council2016Kurt M. Kalafsky, AIA13
Monmouth Council2018Bray B. Barnes13
Montana Council2020Steve Dogiakos2
Muskingum Valley Council2019Linda J. Udischas9
Muskingum Valley Council2021Chrystal Rardin9
National Capital Area Council2022Kenneth P. Davis12
NeTseO Council ( Circle Ten)2017David M. Hamilton8
Nevada Area Council2017Edwin A. Ricks2
North Florida Council2018Jeffrey Swindling16
Northern New Jersey Council (from Hudson Valley Council)2020Howard Hellman13
Northwest Texas Council2015James T. Hughes8
Northwest Texas Council2017Harrison Gibson8
Old Hickory Council2019Jason Johnson15
Old Hickory Council2020Nathaniel Todd15
Old Hickory Council2021Danny Ledford15
Orange County Council2018Jeffrey Evan Bozanic3
Orange County Council2020Elizabeth Morgan3
Pacific Harbors Council2014Ed Zeiger1
Pacific Harbors Council2015Alan G. Spaulding1
Pacific Harbors Council2016Lesa LeDuc1
Pacific Harbors Council2017Gary Douglas Stedman1
Pacific Harbors Council2018Michael Movius1
Pacific Harbors Council2019Keith L. Clark1
Pathway to Adventure2020Sean Gertsch6
Pathway to Adventure2021Dr. Spencer A. Long6
Pathway to Adventure Council2015David N. Sheppard6
Pathway to Adventure Council2015Dr. Brad L. Epstein6
Pathway to Adventure Council2015Michael S. LoPresti6
Pathway to Adventure Council2015Teri L. Ross6
Pathway to Adventure Council2016Michael Tangen6
Pathway to Adventure Council2017Donald Harris6
Pathway to Adventure Council2019Steve M. Towne6
Patriots' Path Council2015John E. Hein13
Patriots' Path Council2016Brian R. Haas13
Patriots' Path Council2017Lawrence F. Rosello13
Patriots' Path Council2018Bill Smith13
Patriots' Path Council2020Susan P. Carter13
Pee Dee Area Council2017Diane Bauer15
Pee Dee Area Council2018Philip Bethune15
Pee Dee Area Council2019Edward Suggs, Jr.15
Pee Dee Area Council2021William L. Duffell15
Piedmont Council2019John Teeter15
Pine Burr Area Council2022Carroll A. Palmore, Jr.16
Potawatomi Area Council2017Lucien Van Elsen6
Potawatomi Area Council2018James P. Murray, Jr.6
Potawatomi Area Council2019Kathlene Sisson6
Potawatomi Area Council2020Roger Mayer6
Potawatomi Area Council2021Donald Reinicker6
Quapaw Area Council2014Dr. David Lloyd Briscoe8
Quapaw Area Council2020David Elmore8
Redwood Empire Council2016Richard C. Tallman3
San Diego - Imperial Council2020Daniel T. Mazzella3
Seneca Waterways Council2021Henry "Hank" Roenke10
Sequoia Council2017Richard M. Egan3
Sequoia Council2018Michael J. Feist3
Shenandoah Area Counci2021James Arthur Thomas, Jr.12
Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council2019Hal Hendrickson3
Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council2020Robert Redig3
Spirit of Adventure Council2019Thomas P. Keyhoe11
Spirit of Adventure Council2020Brian Lobao11
Spirit of Adventure Council2021Raymond Theberge11
Suffolk County Council2021Carl Hyman10
Tecumseh Council2017Daniel Kirkpatrick9
Tecumseh Council2018Angel Ashbeck9
Tecumseh Council2020Robert Hemmerly9
The Spirit of Adventure Council2014Marshall M. Sloane11
The Spirit of Adventure Council2016Elmer C. Lupton11
The Spirit of Adventure Council2017John R. Halsey11
The Spirit of Adventure Council2018Robert L. Wanamaker11
The Spirit of Adventure Council2019Steven M. Burrill11
Three Fires Council2017Jeffrey D. Zavoral6
Three Fires Council2018John W. McKenzie6
Three Fires Council2019Cecil G. Piggott, Jr.6
Three Fires Council2020Herbert E. John6
Three Harbors Council2016Leland M. Kammerer6
Tidewater Council2020John Meade Scheib15
Transatlantic Council2019Keel L. Ross11
Transatlantic Council2020Mike L. Walton11
Transatlantic Council2021Paul J. Ostling11
Western Los Angeles County Council2016Michael K. Lanning3
Western Los Angeles County Council2017Irv Goldring, Esq.3
Western Los Angeles County Council2018Albert Donald (Jack) Allen3
Western Los Angeles County Council2020Bill W. Norris3
Western Massachusetts Council2014Jeffrey W. Glaze11
Western Massachusetts Council2015Cheryl D. Izyk11
Western Massachusetts Council2016John Willemain11
Western Massachusetts Council2017Joshua David Hall11
Western Massachusetts Council2020Joseph C. Longo11
Western Massachusetts Council2021Robert E. Walz11