Congratulations to Kevin Johnson of Eastland on receiving the Silver Beaver Award from the Texas Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Kevin received this high honor for his long time service to Scouting, the Council and the youth of the region.
In 1931, the Silver Beaver Award was created to recognize distinguished service to youth in the area of a local council. Since its creation in 1931, the Silver Beaver is the highest award that can be given for volunteer service in a local council. It is given by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, upon the recommendation of the local council, to those men and women who have distinguished themselves by service to youth over an extended period of time.
The number of eligible recipients each year is based on the Council’s registered membership. There is no checklist of requirements. It is bestowed only upon those men and women who have given continuous, unselfish and distinguished service to Scouting; service that is noteworthy and exceptional in character.
Recipients of the Silver Beaver Award have made scouting an important part of their lives and, more often than not, will continue to make scouting an important part of their lives for many more years. By their example, recipients have made scouting a meaningful and life-altering experience for the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers and Explorers they unselfishly serve.
Our Council has participated in this recognition since its inception in 1931, presenting the Silver Beaver award to some 195 adult leaders.
Kevin was born: July 6th, 1964 in Eastland TX. He attended Cub Scouts & Webelos with Pack 26. He earned the Life rank with Troop 103, all in Eastland TX. He attended Summer Camps at Camp Billy Gibbons as the youngest scout in 1973 and continued attending all youth scouting events in Comanche Trails Council and serving on Staff at Camp Billy Gibbons until summer of 1983. He attended several treks at Philmont Scout Ranch in 1977, 79, 81, 83, and Philmont Staff Association family weeks in 2003, 2006 & 2010.
As an adult, Kevin began volunteering with Tiger Cubs in 2000, and continued through all of the ranks with his boys, Evan and Connor, who both became Eagle Scouts. Kevin became assistant Scout Master for Troop 103, in 2004. He began serving on the Council Executive Board in the fall of 2011 and was voted VP Properties Camp Billy Gibbons in 2017 and 2018.
Kevin graduated Eastland High School 1983. Married Darla Harris of Cisco in 1986. Sons, Evan Walter- born in 1993. Connor Blayne – born in 1996. Kevin began working with cross country pipelines in 1983, first as equipment operator then as Superintendent, on to Operations manager and VP of Operations, General Superintendent. Scouting taught him leadership skills that he continues to use to this day.
Kevin has been volunteering time and materials for the upgrades of Camp Billy Gibbons since 2007, starting with removal of the existing roof and installing new rafters, and other upgrades to the Gee Lodge. After the drought in 2011 the council decided to remove the dead cedar trees caused by drought, and Kevin volunteered. He then constructed the earthen pad for the Iley pavilion, youth showers, set up a gravel screening area and graveled all existing roads on the property. Lately, he’s been busy building the new Top Shot Range, the Cowboy Action Range, the new Archery Range and the new Shot Gun Range. He also built an emergency evacuation road down Plum Hollow to the base of the Rock Climbing area.
The Boy Scouts and its challenges have brought him a great sense of personal satisfaction. Kevin is especially glad that he has been able to teach outdoor skills and leadership skills to our future leaders and help these young people to learn and experience skills that they will take with them throughout their lives.