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Feb 19, 2022
Council Dinner 2022



Congratulations to the 2021 Silver Beaver Award Honorees

The Jayhawk Council Awards Committee is pleased to announce the honorees for the Silver Beaver Awards. Please join us at the Council Recognition Banquet for the presentation of the awards on February 19, 2021, at Washburn University's Alumni Center.

First, the Jayhawk Area Council would like to thank the Silver Beaver Selection Committee for their time and dedication to select the two best Nominations to receive the Silver Beaver Award.  The Council is allowed to select two individuals each year, based on our size of Council, for this prestigious Award.  The Silver Beaver Award recognizes the time, dedication, and commitment a Scouter has made as an adult to provide leadership and support at the Unit, District, and Council levels.  These recipients represent the "best of the best" in providing the best Scouting experience for our Youth.

Silver Beaver Award goes to....

Richard "Dick" Carter - Troop 175 - Bison District
Richard has been heavily involved with Scouts for 23+ years. Richard has been with Troop 7, Pack 7 and currently the Committee Chair for Troop 175. Richard is an inspiration Scouting Story which reflects the true concept of servant leadership. 

Richard was looking for a way to contribute to his community and help build the quality of life. In 1993, he became involved in the Big Brothers program and took on a young man whose family had applied for participation in the program. Richard began helping with this Scout Troop after his "little brother" crossed over from the Bus Scouts, at Westminster Presbyterian. After serving as an Assistant Scoutmaster, Richard assumed the role of Scoutmaster for Troop 3. Richard continues to maintain contact with this "little brother" today. 

To be a better leader, Richard availed himself of the training provided by the Boy Scouts of America and Jayhawk Area Council. He took Wood Badge in 1998. Because of his thoughtful approach to training, he was selected to serve on staff in 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2021. 

Richard was able to pass along his passion for Scouts to his two sons when they were in Cubs and now Scouts BSA. Richard served as a Den Leader, Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, and currently a Committee Chair.

Richard is a huge asset to our Scouting Community. His teaches so much to each Scout he approaches.... skills, knowledge, and willingness to try new things. 

His years of leadership, dedication, and involvement with our Bison District and his continued support on the Council level are the reasons our selection committee is awarding him with the Silver Beaver.

Christopher Wagner - Crew 2513 - Bison District Commissioner
Chris is omnipresent at Council activities, from Cub Scout Adventure Day to OA Fellowship, Merit Badge Conferences, to Summer Camp Staff trainings to Wood Badge, and Klondike Derbies. His continuous commitment to training himself and providing it to others improves the quality of program for youth across Jayhawk Area Council. 

Chris is a visible member of his profession frequently being called to appear in the media and quoted in press for Topeka Public Schools. Child Nutritional Services have maintained food programs for students year-around during the pandemic. Chris is a member of Fairlawn Church of the Nazarene and openly lives his faith. Chris is of Apache heritage and in past years was Chairman of the Shawnee County Allied Tribes annual Inter-Tribal Pow Wow at Lake Shawnee. Chris uses his heritage to benefit Scouts by serving as American Indian Affairs Chairman for our Order of the Arrow Lodge and by joining the Scouts at the drum in song. 

Chris has stepped in when help is needed. He is a blessing and a true Scouter at heart in everything he is tasked with. 


Council Awards goes to....

Venturing Leadership Award

James LeClair - Crew 2007 Committee Chair

Jim puts his heart and soul helping to provide youth opportunities to grow and develop into fine adults who will lead out society in the future. His willingness to jump in and help form this unit and be a key adult leader, CC, was a paramount to its current success. 

Savanah Hancock - Crew 2007 member and past Summer Camp Staff

Savanah is an outstanding individual. She is full of knowledge, determination, and energy. Savanah takes the time to listen and provide guidance to each Scout as she works with them to complete their task. She is always involved in everything Scout related.... shooting sports, camping, or merit badge conference. She is going places! 


Sea Scout Leadership Award

Mark Hinds -  Ship 8200 Skipper

Mark is one of the founding members of the Sea Scout Ship 8200 that began this year. Mark started out as the COR but shortly moved to Skipper after two months into the units. His determination and drive is what helps keep this ship thriving. 

Tanner Carter - Ship 8200 youth member and past Summer Camp Staff

Tanner has been involved with the Ship 8200 for a year. He is a great advocate to all Scouts and encourages them to be the best they can. His passion shows when he wears his Sea Scout uniform proudly. 


Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award

Cheryll Vogelsberg - Den Leader Pack 132 - Pony Express District

Cheryll has served both Pack 132 and Troop 180, selflessly for many years. Her current tenure goes back 10+ years, in the capacity of Den Leader, and 3 years on Troop 180s' Committee. Pack 132 and Troop 180 are the only BSA units in Marysville, and service 3 different towns; Marysville (3,300), Blue Rapids (1,000), and Waterville (650). 

Cheryll has always volunteered at a Day Camp, and has participated and tent camped all week at Scouts BSA Summer Camp. Using her experience and training, including Wood Badge (C5-197-12) she provides leadership that is invaluable to the youth. Individually, she worked with Habitat thrifty store to acquire gently used Scout items for the Troop, which now we maintain pool of uniforms and gear which can be "earned" for low income families. 


Jayhawk Are Council is Honored to recognize all the above recipients this year!

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Location of the event

We hope that you will help us congratulate these leaders with the award of the Silver Beaver and other prestigious awards at our Council Dinner event. 

Located: Washburn University (Convocation Hall in BTAC.)

  1700 SW College Ave

  Topeka, KS 66621


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