The Carl Kaeple District Service Award is presented to a Great Rivers volunteer who has rendered service to the district of an extraordinary merit over an extended period. Some have referred to the award as the District’s lifetime achievement recognition. To be eligible for the award, a scouter must be 1) currently registered, 2) have received the District Award of Merit and 3) have rendered at least 15 years of service to the district, either through district leadership positions or through a history of significant contributions to district programs and activities. In addition, 4) the service rendered to the district should be exemplary.
The award is presented annually at the District Recognition Dinner. The District’s Key 3 – District Chair, District Commissioner, and District Executive - are responsible for administering the recognition. The recipient will be selected by committee of five, consisting of the Key 3, the previous year’s recipient, and another distinguished volunteer.
The selection committee welcomes all recommendations of scouters who deserve the award. Rather than a formal application, the committee accepts nomination letters. To obtain full and fair consideration, the letter should address all 4 requirements. With respect to requirement 4, the committee considers quality to be more important than quantity. One or two significant examples are far better than a list. Please be sure to include your contact information. The committee will consider a maximum of two letters for each nominee. Soliciting additional letters on behalf of a candidate will not be helpful.
If you have questions concerning the award or nominations, please contact David Miesmer, 651 779 0349 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
History of the Award
Greater East Side District established the award in 1986, shortly after Kaeple’s death, to perpetuate the memory of this dedicated scouter.
Kaeple was a part of scouting from its very beginning. He joined the Boy Scouts of America in 1910, the year in which the organization received its charter from the United States Congress. While a Scout, he earned the Eagle Award.
After his days as a Scout were over, he began a period of long and distinguished service to the Boy Scouts of America. In June of 1942, he became a professional scouter and 1951 he came to St. Paul. His positions in St. Paul included those of Assistant Scout Executive and Director of Special Activities.
In 1964, he retired and went back to being a volunteer. He remained a volunteer until his death in February of 1983. He amassed a total tenure of almost 73 years, the longest in the BSA, at the time of the founding of this award.
Carl Kaepple Award Recipients
||Edward Dike Jr.
||David Holmberg Sr.
*** 2010 had two winners because of the district merger.