Boy Scouts Volunteers Honored

Boy Scouts have honored 4 area volunteers with a Scouting Council's highest honors.

Boy Scout Volunteers to be Recognized by the Des Plaines Valley Council with Scouting’s Highest Award for Exceptional Service to Youth


Four area residents will be recognized for exceptional service to youth and the community by the Des Plaines Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  The Silver Beaver Award is the highest recognition that a Boy Scout Council can bestow on its volunteers for their efforts on behalf of youth and Scouting.  It is awarded to those adult Scout leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth through their service.


The awards will be presented to the four at the Council’s Annual Recognition Banquet, Thursday, February 21, 2013, at Elmcrest Banquets, 7370 W. Grand Ave., Elmwood Park, IL.


Recipients include Thomas F. Bennington, Jr., of Downers Grove, IL; Roy J. Dames of La Grange, IL; Robert A. Mervine of Countryside, IL; and Marc W. White of Chicago, IL.


“In 2012 the Des Plaines Valley Council had the highest number of Boy Scouts in our history, 155, achieve the coveted rank of Eagle Scout,” said Council President James Honan.  “We also set new standards in the number of service hours our Scouts contributed to their communities through their efforts in a variety of projects and programs, including Eagle Scout projects.  This could only be achieved through the hard work of our Scouts in support of their communities and the dedicated efforts our volunteer leaders.  Our Silver Beaver Award winners this year reflect the best of that volunteer leadership.”


James Honan is now completing five years as Council President.   A new Council President, along with other officers for 2013, will be elected at the Award Banquet meeting.


All Scouters, family members, and supporters in the community are welcome to attend.  Those interested should contact the Des Plaines Valley Council Service Center at (708) 354-1111.  Tickets for the dinner event will be $49.00 per person.


The Des Plaines Valley Council serves 42 communities in the western and southwestern suburbs of Chicago.  The Council is recognized as one of the oldest local Boy Scout organizations in the Nation, having offered its programs to youth in these communities for most of Scouting’s history.  The Scouts celebrated their 100th Anniversary in 2010.


In Scouting’s next century the Des Plaines Valley Council is working to expand efforts to increase public understanding and support for Scouting and advance its program of service to youth in the communities it serves.



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