Lifetime Service Award

The Erie Shores Council Lifetime Service Award commemorates outstanding life-long service which has significantly nurtured life and growth in the community.

Erie Shores Council has authorized a number of Lifetime Service Awards, each award emphasizing a special aspect of service. These awards have a set of common criteria, accompanied by award-specific objectives.

Common Criteria:

The Lifetime Service Award is presented by Erie Shores Council to individuals who, as adults, have performed outstanding community service of a sustained, direct and consequential nature.

To be eligible, an individual’s service must:
    (1) extend beyond Scouting to the community at large;
    (2) be significant in nature and produce measurable results;
    (3) reflect favorably on the Boy Scouts of America and Erie Shores Council; and,
    (4) be of a sustained nature and directly impact the lives of those within Erie Shores Council.

While there is no specific time threshold to qualify for the Erie Shores Council Lifetime Service Award, approval authorities shall ensure the service to be honored merits the special recognition afforded by this award. The Erie Shores Council Lifetime Service Award is intended to recognize exceptional community support over time and not a single act or achievement. 

Specific Awards:

The Gregory A. Hendel Lifetime Service Award (The Hendel Award) was established in 2009 to honor Gregory A. Hendel, who served his community through exemplary lifelong service. The Hendel Award is intended to honor direct support of community activities and indirect support provided through leadership roles in the business community.

The John C. Haar Lifetime Service Award (The Haar Award) was established in 2009 to honor John C. Haar, who served his community through exemplary lifelong service. The Haar Award is intended to honor direct support of community activities and indirect support provided through leadership roles in civic and community organizations.

The Glenda M. Bowman Lifetime Inspirational Leadership Award (The Bowman Award, alternatively known as the North Star Award) was established in 2012 to honor Glenda M. Bowman, who served her community through exemplary lifelong service. The Bowman Award is intended to honor lifelong inspirational leadership, examples of which would include: serving as a positive role model and mentor; demonstrating courage in the face of adversity; fostering the spirit and intent of diversity; and, motivating and helping others to reach their full potential.

WIlliam H. Spurgeon III Award  The William H. Spurgeon III Award was developed in 1971 in honor of the man who is regarded as the major leader in the development of special-interest Exploring. The award is designed for council use to recognize individuals or organizations contributing significant leadership to the Exploring program.

Torch of Gold Award The Torch of Gold is a council-level distinguished award of the Boy Scouts of America to recognize adults for exceptional service and leadership working with Scouts who have disabilities.