The Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America awarded seven leaders from the community with its Silver Beaver award and Mike Montecalvo from WPRI 12/Fox Providence with its North Star award at the 2019 Council Meeting and Recognition Dinner at Venus de Milo in Swansea, Mass. on Thursday.
The awards are prestigious, national honors granted to members who have demonstrated an exceptional dedication to youth in their local communities.
Since 1931, the Silver Beaver Award has exemplified hard work, self-sacrifice and years of service. 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 a profound impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council.
As tradition dictates, Council members may not seek the award themselves and are only eligible for consideration through nomination by their volunteer peers. The 2019 recipients are:
Christopher Bianco of Riverside (and an instructor at the Warwick Area Career and Technical Center); Edward Broderick of North Kingstown; David Curtin of Johnston; Patricia Hayes Gomm of Warwick; Marcia Kenyon of Narragansett; David Knox of North Attleboro; Matthew Lang of Coventry
Each recipient has volunteered for the Council, its units and their communities – helping Scouting thrive throughout Southeastern New England for youth, families and volunteers.
“The Silver Beaver Award commends those who have made a significant and positive impact on the youth in our community,” said Tim McCandless, Scout Executive and CEO of the Narragansett Council. “We were honored to recognize this year’s recipients for their outstanding work in supporting our Scouts and program.”
The Council also recognized Mike Montecalvo of Scituate with the North Star award for his commitment and service to its annual Scouting for Food drive over the past 25 years.
“It's an honor to be recognized by the Boy Scouts of America for my work with Scouting for Food. This vital program is not only a teachable moment for children but also helps families in their time of need,” said Montecalvo. “It was an honor to work with Joe DeStefano who always put children and families first. I also appreciate Nexstar Media Group and WPRI 12/FOX Providence for their continued support in promoting this essential program."
“Congratulations to this year’s Silver Beaver recipients, and to Mike on receiving the North Star award. Each of these leaders have earned this recognition, and we’re blessed to have them participate in our programs,” added McCandless.