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Awards & Recognition

Scouts work hard to achieve their goals. And we recognize that dedication with a series of awards. And while the benefits of rewarding out Scouts is vast, these are the top three.

CELEBRATION

Awards show the value in setting and achieving individual goals, a fundamental lesson of Scouting. And this extends beyond the members of our troops: we celebrate the achievement of adult leaders as well. We all strive to be better and we all work as hard as we can. The validation of the time invested is a powerful tool.

MOTIVATION

A by-product of receiving an award is the motivation to set even higher goals as a way to continue to be awarded for achievements. Recognition amongst your peers is a powerful motivator for everyone, not just the award recipient. Scouts push themselves and each other equally.

SKILL DEVELOPMENT

Scouts are never complacent. That’s even more true when there is the motivation for ongoing recognition. Perhaps it’s learning how to take on a larger leadership role, mentoring a fellow Scout or developing a risk-taking mindset that allows Scouts to better serve their communities in times of crisis. It can even be as simple as identifying and overcoming blockers an adult leader routinely faces. Scouts never settle.

Special awards

for distinguished service

Silver Beaver Award

To recognize registered Scouters of exceptional character who have provided distinguished service within a council.

The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given at the council level.

Listed in the link below are the Silver Beaver recipients since the inception of the Montana Council in 1974. We are grateful for the contributions of these men and women and all the lives they have impacted.

Montana Council Silver Beavers

2021
Mike O’Donnell
Mike Walz
Doug Wheeler

2020
Travis Deaton
David Eubanks
Tom Lynch
Kyle Roberts
Mike Wade
John Yeager

2019
Drew Burkenpas
Josey Quinones
Billy Andrews
Brad Weaver
Chris Servheen
Sue Olinger

2018
Kory Bortz
Libby Brindley
Cammie Edgar
David V. Gray
Jeff Green
Frances Heppler
Lynn Heppler
Andrew Liebmann
Kelly Schmidt

2017
Earlene Carney
Lee Holmer
Rex Jewitt
Robert (Bob) Keiser
Mike Lukas
Walt McIntosh
Robert (Bob) Morefield
Randle Ockey

2016
Melanie Best
Peter Gray
Paul Grosvold
Joe Goss
Todd Malone
Jim Morin
Bill Otto
Gregory Raymond

2015
Kim Bortz
Robert Edgar
Charles Jennings
Tina O’Donnell
Cordell Olson
Caroline (Kee) Ostler
Patti Scanlan
Spencer Zaugg

2014
Greg Beach
Loren Brown
Ellis Hawks
Tony Higuera
Larry Johnson
Garth Kallevig
Thomas Loch
Fritz Snyder
Frank Votapka

2013
Kathi Schweigert
Steve Liebmann
Scott Jourdonnais
Patrick Claytor
Jerry Blythe
Aaron Wiseman
Kurt Krueger
Albert Grobe
Deb Kemper

2012
Lance Ercanbrack
Lora Ercanbrack
Elizabeth “Betsy” Eubanks
Craig Haynes
Sam Montayne
Michael Richards
Ray Wahlert
John Wiegand

2011
David Fleming
Arnold Foust  
Karla Larsen
Raymond Leopold
Tim Locke
Robert Moore
John Slaugh
Susanne Vining

2010
Jim Atkinson
Mike Costle
Mary Jo Cramer
Tony Etherington
Kenneth Dale Getz
Eric Larsen
Lori Wilkinson

2009
Stuart Beagles
Ellen Bumgarner
Mark Bumgarner
Robert Dowdy
Susie Maris
Dale Olinger
Claudia Schwandt
Mary Westover

2008
Kevin Brooks
Dann Crist
John Flynn
Keith Head
Tony Lehner
Jon Marshall
Flo Parmelee
Thomas Russell
Ralph Shirts

2007
Cheri Cusson
Lyle Cusson
Bea Eder
Donna Flynn
Cory Keith
Frank Kisselbach
Jeff Kouba
Dan Riddle
Scott Woodland

2006
Richard Ellwein
Steven Gardner
Dave Lauwers
Mary Matelich
Fr. Leo McDowell
Ronald Parmelee
Earl “Mel” Rauch
Libby Stanhope
Mary Ellen Szafranski

2005
Dr. Gerald Diettert, M.D.
Kellie Gardner
Alan Godfrey
Howard Haslam
Vicki Hasler
Randy Keith
Kerry Ketchum
Wayne McMichael
Mark Riffey

2004
Steve Bernbaum
Kyle Boyce
Kevin Katzenberger
Col. John J. Keefe
Earl Koester
David Nash
William Rich
Charles Wilson

2003
Scott Allred
Raymond “Tom” Burkhart
Jory A. Dellinger
Charles Eubank
Cora Nadeau
Andrew Olson
Joyce Parsons
Mack D. Williams

2002
Elanor Bartholomew
Daniel Ferguson
Daniel J. Korn Jr.
Randy Mineer
Lawrence E. “Larry” Mires
Brett F. Parmenter
Marc M. Spratt
Roger Wihlborg

2001
Michael Carney
Randall C. Collins
George Felsch
Bill Goodridge
Jack Hihnala
Raymond Schwandt
Robert D. Stubbs
Herb Waltermire

2000
Don Brown
Bill Forrester
Shelby Goodman
Nicholas Gray
Tessa M. Hill
Alan Leech
Joe O’Berg
David Pals
Steve Schumacher

1999
Paul Ames
David S. Brown
Gregg Holt
Steve Johnston
Bill Norsby
George Schmidt
Jack Schmidt
Diane Sherick
Gus Wilkins

1998
Frederick A. Flint
Maria A. Hall
Garett Johnson
Rod Parker
Fred Parson
David Roy
Tracie A. Stahl
William Wise

1997
Lynn Bunch
Jerry Dietrich
Paul Faulhaber
William D. Hurd
William McBrearty
Cheryl McCann
Stuart Nicholson
Judith O’Boyle
William Weber

1996
Lee Cannon
Larry Epstein
Robert C. Frost
Ron Gebhardt
Fred Gloshat
Carla Hanson
Dan Moore
Sharlene Oltrogge
Samuel T. Pappas
Eugene R. Thomas

1995
John Crough
David Gray
Bill Harp
Alvin Maddler
Tom Mazanec
Vanona F. Olsen
Stephen Smith
Louise VanNice

1994
Earl “Butch” Crowder
Allen Hollingshead
Kathy Holmer
Richard Kracht
Richard Larsen
Scott Olsen
Keith Stokes
Ron Tewalt

1993
Edward Arensmeyer
Roger Bardsley
Woody Germany
Steve A. McCann
David Mikulecky
David Miller
Jean Musselman
Allen Rustad
Ann Sears

1992
Terri Crough
Albert “Ross” R. Cunningham
Victor L. Douglas
John Morgan
William Morgan
Blake Richardson
Fred Shauer
Merlon Tolman
Bill Wallace

1991
Opal Borske
Michael Brown
Fred Kazmierski
William Kickert
Sam Marshall
Wayne Maughan
Patricia Miller
Raymond Shearer

1990
Cheryl Bolton
Clarence Borske
Ernest B. Corrick
Thomas E. Hendricks
William Hoffman
Joseph Maheras
Jerry Mehus
James H. Peterson
Randle R. Romney
Gail Tesarek

1999
Paul Ames
David S. Brown
Gregg Holt
Steve Johnston
Bill Norsby
George Schmidt
Jack Schmidt
Diane Sherick
Gus Wilkins

1998
Frederick A. Flint
Maria A. Hall
Garett Johnson
Rod Parker
Fred Parson
David Roy
Tracie A. Stahl
William Wise

1997
Lynn Bunch
Jerry Dietrich
Paul Faulhaber
William D. Hurd
William McBrearty
Cheryl McCann
Stuart Nicholson
Judith O’Boyle
William Weber

1996
Lee Cannon
Larry Epstein
Robert C. Frost
Ron Gebhardt
Fred Gloshat
Carla Hanson
Dan Moore
Sharlene Oltrogge
Samuel T. Pappas
Eugene R. Thomas

1995
John Crough
David Gray
Bill Harp
Alvin Maddler
Tom Mazanec
Vanona F. Olsen
Stephen Smith
Louise VanNice

1994
Earl “Butch” Crowder
Allen Hollingshead
Kathy Holmer
Richard Kracht
Richard Larsen
Scott Olsen
Keith Stokes
Ron Tewalt

1993
Edward Arensmeyer
Roger Bardsley
Woody Germany
Steve A. McCann
David Mikulecky
David Miller
Jean Musselman
Allen Rustad
Ann Sears

1992
Terri Crough
Albert “Ross” R. Cunningham
Victor L. Douglas
John Morgan
William Morgan
Blake Richardson
Fred Shauer
Merlon Tolman
Bill Wallace

1991
Opal Borske
Michael Brown
Fred Kazmierski
William Kickert
Sam Marshall
Wayne Maughan
Patricia Miller
Raymond Shearer

1990
Cheryl Bolton
Clarence Borske
Ernest B. Corrick
Thomas E. Hendricks
William Hoffman
Joseph Maheras
Jerry Mehus
James H. Peterson
Randle R. Romney
Gail Tesarek

1989
Bob Deschamps III
Jerry Groesbeck
Edward L. Hanson
Mary Jane Reece
Ron Rice
Jan Sigismond
Charles Timothy
Robert H. Trinder
Dorothy Wishard

1988
Ronald M. Bolton
Richard Brumley
Eugene W. Elliott
Jack C. Fay
Robert Goff
Quinten R. Larsen
Vangie McConnell
Robin Sparboe
Millard L. Stevens

1987
Richard Berg
Betty Brinkman
Larry D. Geske
Gary Heaston
Dick R. LaSalle
Karen Michels
Florence Murray
Richard Ross
Barbara Shearer

1986
Ben Evans
John Fassler
Alfred “Bud” Hansen
Arle Lohof
Nancy Lutke
Art Perry
Anita Rossing
Teresa Smith

1985
Ted Dawson
John Dea
James Deck
Leah Galloway
Jim Mershon
Roscoe Montgomery
John. P. Shevlin
Mark O. Sullivan
George Thompson

1984
Robert L. Hoffman
Austin E. Madeen
Leon M. Pack
Gene F. Payne
Dean L. Priestly
Dale K. Sell

1983
Richard J. Barney
L. “Ozzie” O. Black
Robert Briggs
Ronald W. Engdahl
Louis J. Kuennen
Dale I. Nelson
Sharon K. Sell

1982
Keith W. Belnap
Alvin L. Donner
Louise V. Evenson
Lawrence B. Talgo
Minnie Taylor
Albin H. Martinson

1981
Roxie J. Curtis
Charles M. Hauptman
Roberta “Bobbie” Henry
Patrick “Pat” C. King
Jerry Murray
Ingvard Svarre
Bob Thornton

1980
Jack Dugan
Bob Johnson
Patricia MacDonald
Lemm Ott
Earl O. Skogley
Eick Starks
Elmer Hausken

1979
Howard C. Anderson
Shirley Cole
Leonard E. Dahl
John W. Goebel
Jean Lau
Richard Newman
John W. Ratliff
Donald Topp

1978
Frederick K. Holbrook
Kenneth Marcotte
Ed Marks
Neil “Whitey” McGill
Skulason “Skuli” Moe
Leo L. Pierre
Ralph Tobol
Roy Wendt
Bobby Wilson
Don Wolford

1977
Laurel Burnham
Katie M. French
John V. Ginnaty
John C. Harrison
George Newell
Wallace Prigmore
Bernice Waldron
Robert Weimer

1976
Robert Burrows
Dexter Flynn
Glenna Holbrook
Darrel Johnson
Edward Leland Jr.
Gail Rader
Leon Saylor
Lester Stepper
Andrew “Andy” Van Teylingen
Harold Wenaas

1975
Don Aadsen
Dale Elletson
W. “Hoot” D. Evers
Harry Farrington
George Freemole
Kenneth Lawrence
Edward Leland Sr.
Betty Newell
Greyson Phipps
Mary Robertson
Frank Ward
Ester Williams

1974
Herman Hulsenga
Lois Jungst
Raymond Lau
Charlie Lelek
Don Leuschen
William Linninger
Maureen Mercier
Edwin Mitchell Jr.
Bruce Nelson Sr.
Pauline Nielsen
Joe O’Leary
Max Oliver
Suzanne Parini
George Pike
Ada Powell
Raymond Tudor

Life Saving Award

Launched in 1911, this award recognizes those who showed unusual heroism and skill in saving a life.

MERITORIOUS AWARDS

This medal recognizes outstanding acts that reflect an uncommon degree of concern for others well being.

HORNADY AWARD

Named for National Zoo founder Dr. William T. Hornaday this medal honors conservation contributions.

U.S. FLAG RECOGNITION

Personalized flags gifted to Scouts recognizing an honor such as reaching Eagle Scout rank.

100 DEGREES OF FROST AWARD

Awarded to the Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturer or adult leader who earns 100 or more below freezing points between Oct. 1 and May 30.

INTERNATIONAL AWARDS

Two patches that recognize the development of a greater appreciation of different cultures or for participation in world activities.

VENTURING LEADERSHIP AWARDS

Presented to those who exemplify the Venturing Code and Oath, presented by councils, areas, regions and national.

Bsa national awards central

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