YORK-ADAMS AREA COUNCIL BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
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2003 Silver Beaver Honorees
The York-Adams Area Council takes great pleasure in awarding the Silver Beaver Award to Joe Crosswhite, Seth Noll, Dean Norris, Jeffrey Richter and Kathy Shields for outstanding service to youth and their community. The Silver Beaver is the highest recognition that a local Scout council may present to a volunteer. These awards were presented on Thursday, February 19, 2004 at the Council Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner at the Valencia Ballroom in York.
A brief biography of each of the Silver Beaver recipients is given below.
As a respected business leader in our community, Joe is involved in many community organizations. While his Scouting tenure with our council has been relatively short, compared to many other Silver Beavers, the impact of his accomplishments are inspiring.
Joe’s service with our council began when he was elected to the role of Vice President for Finance. In very short order, his talents and contagious energy were apparent to all. He was selected by the Council Nominating Committee to serve as the Council’s President-Elect, and was quickly moved into the role as Council President, and got down to business in developing plans for our capital campaign.
A quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The creation of a thousand forests is in “one” acorn”. This quote would seem most appropriate for Joe as he was instrumental in organizing, creating and delivering “Cub World” and the reconstruction of Camp Tuckahoe.
Joe presided over the realignment of the council’s districts from four to three with the districts becoming much stronger through the realignment.
Joe joined M&T Bank in 1982 and now serves as Regional President with responsibility for the York, Hanover and Lancaster Regions.
As a steward of our community, Joe’s civic activities include serving as a board member of the following organizations: Better York, York Foundation, South George Street Community Partnership, United Way of York County, York Economic Development Corporation, York Health System Foundation, York Area Capital Campaign Review Board and the Pennsylvania Economy League.
Seth joined Scouting as a Cub Scout and has been active in the program ever since. After earning each of the Cub Scout ranks and the Parvuli Dei award, he moved on into Boy Scout Troop 24. A prime example of what this youth program can produce, Seth went on to earn the coveted Eagle Scout rank and continued working to add four palms to his Eagle ribbon.
During his high school and college years, he was a part-time employee in the York-Adams Area Council Scout Shop. Seth worked on the Camp Tuckahoe summer camp staff for several years. He is a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow, Tuckahoe Lodge 386. Seth provided leadership to the local lodge for several years as Lodge Chief and also served as Section Vice Chief. This Scouter was also the recipient of the Order of the Arrow Founder’s Award.
Vince Lombardi once wrote, “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will and work.”
As this man progressed into adult life, his maturity and leadership skills have been evident. Seth has participated as a leader to the National Jamboree and Philmont trek. More recently, Seth has planned, organized and carried out the Council Annual Dinners as Chairman of the event. He served as Co-Chairman for the 2003 Wizard Safari – in charge of the program responsibilities and even Isabel could not dampen the success of the event!
This young Scouter served as a Council Executive Board member for the last three years. Seth has served on the Camping and Properties Committee and has worked on various projects at Camp Tuckahoe – most notably the Camp Masters Building, the Health Lodge and the dining hall showers. As the York-Adams Area Council prepared for the Capital Campaign, Seth was an enthusiastic member of the Capital Needs Assessment Committee. He helped develop the layout, design and budget for Cub World.
Seth’s dedication to youth is also evident in other community projects. He is active with Junior Achievement and is involved with the United Way of York County as a campaigner and a member of the allocations committee. His goal is always to encourage others to become future leaders and be self-sufficient.
He and his wife, Michelle, are members of Grace Baptist Church in York.
Seth is employed by Kinsley Construction Inc., starting as an intern and working his way up to Project Manager with Kinsley Properties.
A very active Scouter for many years, Dean became involved when his son joined Boy Scouts. He served as a member of the committee for Troop 85 for 14 years. Dean has lived his life by the twelve points of the Scout Law. He truly puts the “boy” first in Boy Scouts.
Dean has served as a Wizard Safari staff member for the past four Safaris and was chairman of various council and district training courses. Dean played an integral role in supporting the Scout Day at the York Fair for many years – coordinating the many details necessary to make this activity a success. Dean works side by side with the leaders from both the York-Adams Area Council and the Penn Laurel Girl Scout Council for this event.
This gentleman has been actively involved as a member of the York-Adams Area Council’s training staff. When Dean makes a commitment, you can depend on him to carry it through to its completion. His cheerfulness and enthusiasm are very contagious.
The character of this man can be summed up in the words of St. Francis of Assisi, “It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching”.
Some of Dean’s many Training Awards include: Den Leader Training Award, Scouter’s Training Award, Scouter’s Key, Wood Badge, Cub and Boy Scout Training Awards and Arrow Head Award. As an adult he has also received the Distinguished Youth Service Award, Scouter’s Award Nomination, the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouting Award and the District Award of Merit.
Dean is also active in many other community organizations such as the New Oxford Lion’s Club for 12 years, a 32nd Degree Mason of New Oxford Hebron Lodge, Girl Scout Leader with Penn Laurel Girl Scouts, and plays Santa for the American Legion, local schools, the Masons, Headstart and Scouts.
Dean is married and he and his wife, Lori, have two children. Their son has attained the rank of Eagle Scout and their daughter has attained the Girl Scout Gold Award. Their family is active at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in New Oxford.
Dean is currently employed by Mastercraft Specialties as a National Sales Manager in Red Lion.
One Scout night approximately twelve years ago, Jeff, with a bit of persuasion, signed up to become a Tiger leader. From that time on, he has been in Scouting – hook, line and sinker.
Jeff went through the Cub Scout program with his son, assuming all of the leadership positions. He then advanced with his son into Troop 312, serving as Scoutmaster since 1998. This Scouter is also very active with district and council activities. For the past two years, Jeff has been a member of the Program Launch Committee, as well as attending numerous training sessions. More recently, Jeff served as Course Director of Wood Badge Course NE IV-155 held at Camp Tuckahoe. He was also a staff member of the Wizard Safari in 2003.
Jeff is an active member of the Order of the Arrow, Tuckahoe Lodge 386, and is a Vigil member of the organization. His commitment and service to Camp Tuckahoe is hard to measure. He strongly believes that his hard work at Tuckahoe will make a difference in the lives of boys. A recent project he assisted in was the renovation of the indoor chapel at camp.
Always going the extra mile, Jeff deservingly earned the District Award of Merit in the First Capital District.
Ruskin wrote, “The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what he gets from it, but what he becomes by it.”
Jeff is also active in other community organizations. He and his family are active members of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Lemoyne. He currently serves on the Property Committee, Ushers Committee and is a lay reader.
Jeff is also a member of the Valley Grange of Lewisberry where his troop holds their meetings. This Scoutmaster was instrumental in having one of his Scouts erect a 40-foot flagpole – as an Eagle Scout project at the Grange hall.
He is a self-employed general contractor in the Lewisberry area.
Jeff is married and he and his wife, Debra, have a son, who has recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout.
"Many things will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart… pursue these.” This quote by Mac Anderson sums up Kathy’s progression through Scouting.
When her young sons joined the Cub Scout program, she signed on as Den Leader in their Cub Scout Pack and worked diligently with the boys. As time went on Kathy worked with the Pack Committee, and at one time, she had sons in both the Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs.
Kathy exemplifies the twelve points of the Scout Law daily, in both her personal and professional life. She “gives her all,” never complaining and is always smiling. She provides strength of character, a warm sense of humor and has a great rapport with the Scouts in the Troop. She is a merit badge counselor for the Troop, is active in Troop functions and fundraisers and is a volunteer who is actively involved on the grass roots level with the Troop. Kathy goes on most of the campouts and is always multi-tasking – cooking, teaching, coaching, encouraging and giving a hand wherever needed.
When the need arose, Kathy became the Popcorn Chairperson for Troop 43 and then took over as the Popcorn Chairperson for the Indian Steps District. At times, Kathy has been referred to as the “Popcorn Queen.”
This young lady has an endless stream of energy. Kathy is a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow, Tuckahoe Lodge 386, and regularly attends all of the Order of the Arrow functions. Three of her sons were elected to the position of Lodge Chief and the fourth son is “waiting in the wings to carry on the tradition.”
Kathy has received the following Training Awards: Scouter’s Training Award, Boy Scout Leader Training Award and recently earned her Wood Badge Training Award.
This Mom’s commitment does not stop with Scouting; Kathy works very hard in conjunction with her sons’ high school marching band. Kathy is presently serving as President of the Dallastown Band Parents’ Association. She often chaperones the students on band events and at football games.
Kathy is very active in her church, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Dallastown, where she has taught Sunday school and served as a youth advisor.
Kathy is married to another Scouter, John, and they have four sons. Two sons have attained the rank of Eagle Scout and the other two are well on their way. They also have an eight-month-old grandson, who has already been to visit Camp Tuckahoe.