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Steve Broadwater presented Silver Beaver Award

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Steve_Broadwater.jpegSteve Broadwater (Class of 1987 and Life Member) is the Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 519 chartered through Heritage Bible Church in Greer, SC.  In 2017, Steve received three awards for his service to Troop 519 and the Blue Ridge Council Boy Scouts of America.  He received the Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor in recognition of exceptional service and personal effort to youth and adults in the Oconostota Chapter of the Atta Kulla Kulla Lodge.  

Steve was also awarded the Good Shepherd Emblem Award through the Association of Baptists for Scouting in recognition of his outstanding service to Baptist youth through their church and the Boy Scouts of America.  Steve recently received The Silver Beaver Award at the Blue Ridge Council’s annual banquet on February 8, 2018.  The Silver Beaver Award is awarded to registered Scouters of exceptional character who have provided distinguished service within the council. 

The Blue Ridge Council serves eight counties in Upstate South Carolina and is divided geographically into districts.  Troop 519 is in the Reedy Falls District which downtown Greenville and parts of Greer.  The other districts are Foothills, Long Cane, Oconee, Pickens, Saluda River, Six & Twenty, and Southbounder.   According to the 2016 Annual Report, the Blue Ridge Council serves over 53,000 youth and adult volunteers through Scouting programs.

Scouts refer to the Order of the Arrow as the honor society of the Boy Scouts of America.  While the Order of the Arrow (OA) is open to all Boy Scout youth and adult volunteers, not all scouts will be elected to be members.  There are three distinctions in the OA.  Once elected, the scout goes through a call out and become Ordeal members.  They can then choose to seal their membership by going through Brotherhood.  The highest level is the Vigil Honor.  To receive Vigil, you must be voted in by fellow Vigil Honor members. Very few Arrowmen reach Vigil.

Congratulations to Steve!

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