Longtime Kiel Scoutmaster Mark Manz was honored last Thursday night with the Silver Beaver Award, the highest council level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America.
Kiel’s last recipient of the award was Bill Mertens, who received it 25 years ago.
Upon nomination by their local Scout council and with the approval of the National Court of Honor, recipients of this award are registered adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youths through service given to the council. The Silver Beaver is an award given to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service. It is given to those who do not seek it.
The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931.
Manz also recently received the Unit Leader’s Award of Merit. The Unit Leader Award of Merit replaced the Scoutmaster Award of Merit, the Varsity Team Coach Award of Merit, and the Venturing Crew Advisor’s Award of Merit programs. This new recognition has revised requirements and may be earned by Cubmasters and Skippers as well.
(For more on this story please see the May 27 issue of the Tri-County News.)