Jeff Clark Award Form 2 - Blackhawk Area Council

The Jeff Clark Scout Spirit Award
Jeff Clark was a member of Troop 166 in Fox River Grove, Illinois.
He reached the rank of Eagle Scout on Oct. 24, 1995, one day before he and six of his Cary Grove High
School classmates were tragically killed when an express commuter train hit their school bus in Fox River
Grove, Illinois.
Jeff was involved in Scouts for eight years from Cub Scouts through Eagle in both his native state of
Washington and here in Illinois. He truly loved nature and the outdoors and he liked the fact that Scouting
provided him many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Whether it was a Troop camp out or a high adventure outing to places like Philmont, Jeff always had fun, met new people and discovered new learning
experiences.
Jeff lived his life honoring the Scout Oath and Law. In Jeff’s memory a special Sycamore District award
has been established. All active Scouts in the District are eligible to participate and attempt to earn this
award. Scouts just need to complete the enclosed application. The award recipients will receive an engraved
plaque and one of the following three choices. First, they may choose to receive $200.00 toward
Summer Camp fees either in Council or out. Second, they may choose to receive $200.00 toward a
High Adventure fee. Third, they may choose to receive $200.00 to be placed in the Scout's individual
Scout Account within their unit to be used for Scout related expenses.
This annual award will honor and recognize two to six Scouts in the District who, like Jeff Clark, really
show their Scout Spirit. Are you a Scout that lives by the Scout Oath and Scout Law and actively participate in your Troop by attending outings, summer camp, earning rank advancement and merit badges,
holding positions of responsibility, etc?
Show that your Scout spirit is soaring high like Jeff’s by completing the application before December 15th.
The Jeff Clark Scout Spirit Award
Dear Scoutmaster,
The establishment of the Jeff Clark Scout Spirit Award is intended to accomplish two important objectives.
The award is intended as an additional way for the Sycamore District to recognize those Scouts who are really
involved in Scouting, those who are doing the right things, and like Jeff, those who personify Scout Spirit.
Additionally, the award will be a perpetual memorial which is a way to make Jeff’s memory continue to live on
for the Scouts and Scout Troops of the Sycamore District.
All active Scouts in the Sycamore District are eligible to participate. Each Troop can submit one nominee each
year to a special committee established by the District. Applications will be accepted between 2FWREHU 1 and
'HFHPEHU15 each year. The committee will complete the judging and selection process by -DQXDU\ 15. Each year
there will be two to six winners selected. The recipients will be formally recognized at DTroop Court RI+RQRU
and either the District Spring Camporee or the MaUFK District GLQQHU. A picture of the recipient will
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Criteria for receiving the award will include such things as living the Scout Oath and Law, Scout Spirit, Rank
Advancement, Merit Badge work, attendance at summer camp, leadership positions, high adventure activities,
leadership training as a participant or on staff, and community service work. Scouts who want to participate
must complete an application which will be a short Scouting biography or resume. In addition, they must write
a short piece on “What Scouting Means to Me.” Your Troop Committee Chairman and yourself will review
applications and select one to submit to the District. You should also include a brief recommendation along
with the application.
Applications for the Jeff Clark Scout Spirit Award will be distributed to you at the 2FWREHU roundtable and
are also available at the Council Office.
This is an excellent way to keep your Scouts’ spirits soaring high like Jeff’s and provide you an additional
recognition opportunity. Please cover this information with your Scouts so they can be prepared to apply for the
award.
If you have any questions, contact your Unit Commissioner or check the &RXQFLO Web Site,
www.EODFNKDZNVFRXWLQJ.RUJ.
Application For The Jeff Clark Scout Spirit Award
(Please print or type.)
Name of Scout _________________________________________________________________________________
Address _______________________________________________________________________________________
City ___________________________________________________ State ___________________ Zip ___________
Telephone & Area Code _____________________________(PDLO_______________________________________
Troop Number _______________________________ Troop Partner Organization ___________________________
Date became a Boy Scout _______________________ Number of Years as a Cub Scout _______________________
Current Rank and Date Obtained _________________
Merit Badges Earned in the Last 12 Months (list) ______________________________________________________
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No ❏
When _______________________________
Order of the Arrow Member Yes ❏
O/A Brotherhood ❏
O/A Vigil ❏
Current Position of Leadership and Date Started _______________________________________________________
Previous Positions of Leadership and Dates __________________________________________________________
Leadership Training Completed (list type & date) ______________________________________________________
Served on Training Staff (list type & date) ____________________________________________________________
Awards or Other Achievements (list type & date) ______________________________________________________
Summer Camps Attended (list name & year) __________________________________________________________
High Adventure Activities (list type & date) __________________________________________________________
Community Service Activities (list type & date) ______________________________________________________
Other Information _______________________________________________________________________________
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Scoutmaster Approval
Please provide the awards committee a brief paragraph regarding the qualities, character, etc. of your troop nominee for
the Spirit Award. You may use this form or use a separate page.
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Scoutmaster Approval(PDLO
Troop Committee Approval
The Jeff Clark Scout Spirit Award
“What Scouting Means To Me”
In your own words, write or type what Scouting has meant to you. You should limit your response to 300 words or less. You may use
this page (additional pages if needed) or a separate page.
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