Longtime community volunteer and Scoutmaster Allan Campbell recognized with high honor

Boy Scouts of America youth mentor Allan Campbell received the Silver Beaver Award on Feb. 22 at a special ceremony.SUBMITTED PHOTO - Boy Scouts of America youth mentor Allan Campbell received the Silver Beaver Award on Feb. 22 at a special ceremony.

The award is the top honor the Boy Scout council presents to a volunteer mentor. The awardee is selected by confidential nominations of adult peers and only one award can be presented for every 60 troops.

"I had no idea that anyone nominated me," Campbell said. "It didn't even enter my mind, I just thought that the call was from someone who served on a committee and wanted me to help out. The next thing I know, they were telling me that I've been given a Silver Beaver Award. It was a complete shock. There was no clue, everybody kept it a secret like it was supposed to be. Being so active with my hands in everything, it is really hard to keep secrets. They did a really good job."

Campbell is a Scoutmaster with Troop 127 in Lake Oswego, which is with the Skyloo District of the Cascade Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He began his career with the Boy Scout as a youth living in Lake Oswego.

The Silver Beaver Award in not based only on Scout work, but also what the person does in the community. Campbell has been a member of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association for 20 years and the National Press Photographer's Association for 31 years. It was his work in the newspaper industry that kicked-off his volunteerism.

"It started when I was working for Community Newspapers in Tigard and the publisher at the time Steve Clark. He was involved in all the organizations and was happy to volunteer his employees to go help out at any time. You never knew what you were going to be doing," Campbell said.

For 12 years Campbell volunteered at the Bethlehem Christian Church Preschool in Lake Oswego and has helped with auctions, setting up the lighting and sound equipment. He began volunteering for the Make a Smart Reader (SMART) program in 2000 and continued for another seven years.

In addition to being a Scoutmaster, Campbell served as an Order of the Arrow Chapter associate advisor and Eagle Scout board coordinator for his district. His volunteerism list also includes stints as a den pack leader for the Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos, ascending rank each year while serving as the Cubmaster at the same time.

"Allan is the kind of person to stick around. He doesn't quit when it comes to purposes that he deems important – especially as it pertains to his involvement with his community," Matt Devore, scouting chief executive, said in a press release.

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