January 6, 2024   |   9:00 am

Silver BeaverCockrell Scout Center 
2225 North Loop West Houston, TX 77008

The Council Recognition Reception is held annually to honor the recipients of the Silver Beaver Award and heroism awards. Join your fellow Scouters in recognizing the recipients of the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award a council can bestow on a volunteer Scouter. On occasion, the William H. Spurgeon III Award and Lifesaving and Meritorious Awards are also presented.

The Council Recognition Reception is held annually before the Key Leader's Conference.

Silver Beaver Award

The Silver Beaver Award is the highest form of recognition that a local council can bestow on a volunteer. In 1931, BSA President Mortimer L. Schiff recommended to the national board that an award be devised for recognition of distinguished service to youth in the area of a local council, and the concept of the Silver Beaver Award recognition was established.

The Sam Houston Area Council has participated in this recognition program since its inception, presenting Silver Beaver Awards in 1931 to W. A. Childress and to E. A. Hudson. Beginning with those first two awards, more than 1,500 adult leaders in our council have been recognized in this manner. Nominations for the Silver Beaver Award are due annually on August 1st

Silver Beaver Nomination Form       Silver Beaver Recipients

2023 Silver Beaver Recipients

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. Members of this year’s class are:

Johnny Arline
Dan Bellow
Marshall Brown
Royce Engler
Russell Householder
Nadim Islam
Dennis Kelly
Randy LeForce
Scott McLean
Andrea Simpson
Doug Zimmerer

Additional Awards

Learn more about additional awards that adults can earn.


For more information, contact the council recognition committee. Nominations for the Silver Beaver Award can be delivered to the Cockrell Scout Center, or mailed to the Cockrell Scout Center.  The best option is to submit them via email to silverbeaver@shac.org.