EDDINGTON — The Katahdin Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, held its 75th Silver Beaver Recognition Dinner on June 25 at Katahdin Scout Reservation-Camp Roosevelt in Eddington.
The Council presented three volunteers with the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award a council can give to a scouting volunteer. It is the council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America, presented to registered adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth 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 actively seek it. The Silver Beaver, first presented in 1932, has been presented to 245 men and women over the past 75 years.
The 2011 recipients of the Silver Beaver are:
• Robert G. Beauregard of Parkman.
• Col. James D. Campbell of Old Town.
• Robert Partridge of Corinna.
Beauregard began his scouting career more than 40 years ago in Meriden, Conn., as a
Scoutmaster. In the 1970s, he brought his commitment to scouting to Maine, where he helped re-establish a Boy Scout Troop in Monson. Over the years he brought his troop along with a neighboring troop to Camp Roosevelt, to district Camporee and many other scouting activities. He also has served the council in the annual Pinewood Derby race, as district commissioner and with the district family friends of scouting campaign.
A fire department captain in Connecticut, Beauregard has been treasurer of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, past master of Parkman Grange and member of the Parkman Planning Board.
Campbell is an Eagle Scout who participated in the Order of the Arrow and worked on staff at several jamborees. He is a career military man and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, where he worked with Afghan tribesman, trying to convince them to support the central government.
Recently reassigned to Florida, he made the special effort to return home for the evening. Throughout his many years with the Katahdin Area Council, Campbell has been a den leader in Cub Scout Pack 76, assistant scoutmaster and then scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 76, part of the training staff for a Wood Badge course in 2007, district chairman for Penobscot Valley
District, council executive board member, scoutmaster of a contingent of scouts attending the National Scout Jamboree in Fort A.P. Hill, and has brought his troop to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.
Campbell also worked with the YMCA and Old Town High School JROTC. He has been a leader on the parish council for Parish of the Resurrection in Old Town. He co-founded and is the current president of the Maine Infantry Foundation, which memorializes infantry soldiers killed in action from the Civil War to Iraq and Afghanistan. The group also provides support to the families of deployed infantrymen.
Partridge is a scouter who not only knows the Scout Law, but lives by it. He has been Cub Scout den leader, Webelos leader, cubmaster, pack committee member, scoutmaster, Boy Scout committee member and venture crew adviser. He has been a Cub Scout round table commissioner, Boy Scout round table commissioner, district committee member, district
chairman, district training committee chairman, Wood Badge staff member, Camporee organizer and friends of scouting presenter.
In his spare time Partridge is a martial arts instructor and by profession an electrician. His truck of tools has been put to use on many camping trips, at Camp Roosevelt and at Maine High Adventure Base.
Partridge has traveled council-wide training leaders from Newport to Patten. A believer that every boy deserves a trained leader, he is a strong advocate for boys, families and adults in the scouting program.
The Katahdin Area Council also presented two Business and Industry Awards for contributions to the scouting program. This year’s recipients were Lane Conveyors and Drivers Inc. and Guay Fire Equipment for their many years of service to Camp Roosevelt.
Veteran Awards were given to Arthur Morgan and Timothy Archer for 30 years of service and to Michael Locke for 50 years of service.
Gary Noyes and Lorna Pomelow, who were unable to attend, will receive 45- and 25-year pins. Timothy Archer received his Professional Scouter Award, only the third in the council.