James E. West Fellowship Award
James E. West was appointed the first Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America in 1911. Although orphaned and physically handicapped, he had the perseverance to graduate from law school and become a successful attorney. This same determination provided the impetus to help build Scouting into the largest and most effective youth organization in the world. When he retired in 1943, Dr. West was recognized throughout the country as the true architect of the Boy Scouts of America.
Named to honor him, the James E. West Fellowship Award is presented to individuals based on a contribution of $1000 or more to the local Council's West Fellowship Fund. The money may be given by a group of Scouters or individual Scouter to honor a Scout or fellow Scouter, or as a memorial on the death of a Scout or Scouter, or to recognize an achievement. For example, a group of Scouters could put the money together to recognize the outstanding efforts of an individual who spent years doing publicity work for a local Council through newsletters, press releases, web pages, etc., for which there is no official recognition. The award can also be presented to an individual who makes a contribution on his/her own behalf. Only registered Scouters or youth members may receive and wear the award.