Andover’s Reid Lewis Simpson garnered the Silver Beaver Award, the highest honor that can be bestowed on an individual, at the Yankee Clipper Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s Annual Meeting and Recognition Dinner on June 13 at the Wyndham Hotel in Andover.
The Silver Beaver is presented to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication and many years of service. It typically goes to those who do not actively seek it. Simpson, a district member-at-large, was one of four recipients of the recognition this year.
Simpson says he is honored to be a lifelong member of the Boy Scouts of America. He joined Cub Scouts in 1966 and since then, he attended the National Jamboree as a youth and now serves on the Jamboree staff. He is an Eagle Scout and also the proud father of an Eagle Scout.
He is currently serving as a member of the Yankee Clipper Council’s Advancement Committee and its Information Technology Committee. He has also served in many roles as a volunteer, including as an assistant district commissioner, a unit commissioner, district training committee member, roundtable staff member and Pack and Troop committee member.
According to the award recognition, Simpson believes that “Scouting offers an amazing array of opportunity for children to explore, try and thrive, with physical and mental challenges matched to a wide range of interests, ages and levels, while subtly providing the framework to `Be Prepared’ for making good choices in a variety of conditions.
“Perhaps more importantly, Scouting provides a relief valve from `perfection’ by promising that `I will do my best,” he says. He adds the same benefits of Scouting apply to adults as well.
In addition to his involvement in Scouting, Simpson has also served as a lacrosse coach and is active with his church council, serving in roles such as religious education teacher, program coordinator and volunteer interim youth minister.
In addition to handing out awards, the Yankee Clipper Council also held elections during the meeting portion of the evening. Local residents were among those elected — Timothy L. Felter, immediate past president; Don Bulens and Raymond Skwierczynski, board members; and David Schuh, district chairman.