Award of Merit
Medal of Merit
Whitney Young Jr.
Wm. H. Spurgeon
Daniel Carter Beard
What is a James E. West Fellowship Award?
The James E. West Fellowship Award is a recognition authorized by the
National Council, B.S.A.
and presented by the Viking Council
for individuals and chartered units who contribute $1,000 or more in cash
or securities to the Viking Council Endowment fund. This contribution is
in addition to, and should not diminish or replace, the donor's annual
gift to the Friends
of Scouting Campaign.
Who was James E. West?
James E. West was appointed to the position of Chief Scout Executive in
1910 by the founding leadership of Scouting in America. West worked with
Sir Robert Baden-Powell, Daniel Carter Beard, Ernest T. Seton, and many
interested community leaders to give direction to the infant program of
Boy Scouts of America. On January 2, 1911, West and others formed the
National Council, B.S.A. During that year the Scout Oath, Law, badges and
fundamental policies were established. Under his leadership over the next
33 years, Scouting grew and matured into the program we recognize and
"Scouting today is the lengthened shadow
of more than three decades
of the farseeing and dedicated leadership of Dr. James E. West."
Why is he Recognized?
James E. West is credited with not only helping form Scouting but
guiding, protecting, and nurturing the program through many critical
challenges. His leadership and foresight into the value of and need for
Scouting in this country exemplified Ralph Waldo Emerson's observation
that "...an institution is the lengthened shadow of one man."
Who can Become a James E. West Fellow?
Organizations or individuals may contribute an award in honor of
someone -- an Eagle Scout, a Silver Beaver recipient, Council, District or
unit Scouter, or in memory of a departed loved one. There can be no finer
honor paid to a Scouter than to be named a James E. West Fellow,
indicating that the nominee is in the same spirit and dedication to
Scouting as was James E. West. Those who are recognized by the James E.
West Fellowship Award will cast their own "lengthened shadow" as they help
ensure the Scouting legacy by helping create the financial stability
needed to carry Scouting in the next century.
How is the James E. West Fellowship Recognized?
James E. West Fellowship Award is an attractive 8 X 10 inch certificate,
personalized with the honorees name, date of gift and presented in a bound
leather presentation folder. In addition, there will be a distinctive
lapel pin and an embroidered square knot. Each honorees name will be
engraved on the James E. West Fellow plaque permanently on display in the
Gabbert Center of the Viking Council. The recognition is immediate
and may be presented after the commitment is made to become a James E.
West Fellowship member. Payments may be made over a 4 year period.
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