Chris Fitzsimons, Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 39 and Chair of the BSA Shakori District has been awarded the Silver Beaver.
The Silver Beaver Award is the distinguished service award of the BSA. 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 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.
Chris has served the youth of the Boy Scouts of America for the past 25 years – his scouting leadership career started in Turnbull, Connecticut where he was Cub Scoutmaster of Pack 164 and Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 65. After moving back South to the Great North State in 1996, Chris found his way to Troop 39 where he served his first stint as Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 39.
When Chris’s eldest son, Kit, aged out of the troop having earned the Rank of Eagle Scout, he turned his attention to Cub scouting with Pack 39. In the Pack, Chris served as both Committee Chair and Webelos Den Leader. As Chris’ younger son, Nate, aged up from the Pack, it was only natural that Chris would return to the troop as an Assistant Scoutmaster. Nate received his Eagle Scout rank with Troop 39 in 2012 however Chris still wasn’t ready to hang up his Wood Badge beads!
Far from it, Chris continues as a very active Assistant Scoutmaster but also serves the broader Shakori district in several key roles and is currently the Chair of the BSA District.
Chris is also a very involved member of the Order of the Arrow serving on the cook crew at all Lodge events. He received the OA Vigil Honour in 2015.
In the nomination for the award, Glyn Tomkins, Assistant Scoutmaster wrote: “Chris is a consummate scouter and he puts the youth first whether it be his direct engagement with youth through Troop 39 and Lodge or through his industrious output as a district leader. No one in my mind deserves this honour as much as Chris FitzSimons IV.”