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Volunteer Recognition Banquet and District Receptions

On May 4, 2019, the New Birth of Freedom Council will hold the first annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet and District Receptions.  Previously known as the Council Recognition Dinner, this event has been reimagined, redesigned, and rescheduled.  

The event will be held at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 2701 North 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA.  

RSVPs are due April 15th!

Schedule of Events:

4:00 PM – Doors Open and Registration
4:30 PM – Opening Ceremony
5:00 PM – District Receptions Begin
6:00 PM – Dinner with Program to Follow

The purpose of this event is to provide an elegant and eventful evening to honor the top volunteers in the New Birth of Freedom Council, including this year’s Silver Beaver recipients.  

The evening will being with individual District Receptions.  Each District will recognize their top volunteers and present their District Awards of Merit.

Following the District Receptions, we will gather back at the Grand Ballroom for dinner and program that includes this year’s keynote speaker, retired Vice Admiral, Dan McCarthy, and the presentation of the Silver Beaver Awards. 

Keynote Speaker – Retired Vice Admiral, Dan McCarthy

Justin D. “Dan” McCarthy to present as our Keynote speaker.  

Dan McCarthy completed a 38 year career in the United States Navy in 2007. Retiring as a Vice Admiral, his final assignment was as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Fleet Readiness and Logistics during which he was responsible for Navy-wide policy, programming, and resourcing for fleet readiness, logistics, strategic sealift, Navy installations and environmental programs.

Following his retirement from military service, Dan established Silver Eagle Consulting, a firm dedicated to providing business and leadership consulting support to both public and private sector organizations. During this period, Dan acted as a Visiting Lecturer at the graduate business schools of the University of Virginia, University of North Carolina and the Naval Postgraduate Schools.

A lifelong Scouter, Dan has served in various capacities at the unit, district, region and national levels including as President of the National Capital Area Council in Washington DC. He became the Group Director of the Boy Scouts of America’s Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in April 2012 where he oversaw the development and operation of the 14,000 acre adventure facility that is now the home to the BSA’s National Scout Jamborees and it’s 4th National High Adventure Base.

Retiring in March of 2017, Dan resumed his volunteer service to Scouting and currently serves as Buckskin Council Commissioner and as Vice Chairman for Unit, Chapter and Lodge Support on the National Order of the Arrow Committee. He is also facilitating a partnership between the Boy Scouts and WVU to expand educational opportunities for future BSA professionals and establish a science adventure camp for West Virginia Youth at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.

Dan’s wife Carol is equally active in Scouting. They hold an affection for the Mechanicsburg area having been married in Carlisle, had two of their three eagle Scout sons receive their eagles in the former Keystone Area Council, and have commanded the Naval Supply Systems Command in Mechanicsburg.

In Memoriam

To recognize the memory and legacy of those Scouters that we have lost over the last year, we will be introducing an “In Memoriam” segment to the Volunteer Recognition Dinner and District Receptions.

To make the in memoriam truly representative of the entire council, we are asking for your help.  If you are aware of any member of our scouting family that has passed way between the dates of January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018, please click here to include them.

The form will ask for a name, scouting position, date called home and a photo.  If you have any questions regarding the in memoriam, contact Rebekah Schardt at Rebekah.Schardt@scouting.org.

All submissions must be made by April 15, 2018 to ensure we have sufficient time to assemble the presentation.

Please note that this request is not to take the place of the annual memorial mall ceremony held each year.  The purpose is to inform all our volunteers of the passing of our fellow volunteers across the council in a respectful and professional manner.

Silver Beaver Sponsorship

The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. This award is presented to adults who have significantly contributed to the Scouting program over a longer period of time in a manner showing an exceptional personal commitment to youth and Scouting.  The award is normally given for service at the Council level, especially in leadership roles.

As part of the program this year, we are encouraging individuals to sponsor a Silver Beaver.  Let’s show our appreciation to these individuals by treating them to a night of dinner and entertainment.

Whether you plan to attend this year’s dinner or not, you can sponsor a Silver Beaver Receipient through this link or by mailing a contribution to the New Birth of Freedom Council, 1 Baden Powell Lane, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 Attn: Silver Beaver Sponsorship.

About the New Venue

A committee of Scouting volunteers was assembled to reimagine the Council Recognition Dinner.  The committee had many great ideas and needed the right facility to house it.  The committee visited many different venues throughout our council, including ones in York, Hershey, Harrisburg, and Gettysburg.  They were looking for a venue that would have enough space to hold not only an elegant dinner to honor our volunteers, but also enough rooms to hold each of the district receptions.  

After an exhaustive search, the Banquet Committee chose the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Harrisburg.  This location is just minutes from the Capitol Building in Harrisburg, but still has plenty of free parking.

Each district will be able to hold their own receptions with butlered appetizers and special recognition for this year’s standout volunteers. 

The entire group will then be treated to a plated dinner in the Banquet Hall, an address from our keynote speaker, and a ceremony to present the New Birth of Freedom’s top volunteers with the Silver Beaver Award.