Fellowships can also be provided "in memory of" a departed loved one, business associate or special Scouter or non-Scouter.
The award is named after the first chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America who exemplified Ralph Waldo Emerson's observation that "An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man." Today, Scouting is the "lengthened shadow" of the more than three decades of the farseeing and dedicated leadership of Dr. James E. West.
Contributions to the endowment fund through the James E. West Fellowship are never spent; only the interest is used to further the programs and outreach of the Sam Houston Area Council. Members of the Sam Houston Area Council's endowment societies are recognized with their names are displayed in the lobby of the Cockrell Scout Center.
The national endowment recognitions of James E. West and the Second Century Society recognizes supports of the Sam Houston Area Council’s endowment.
Your Legacy at Work - Dr. James E. West
James E. West Recognition Levels
||Bronze member level: certificate and pin
||Silver member level: certificate and pin
||Gold member level: certificate and pin
||Diamond member level: certificate and pin
||Become a Second Century Society Member
(Donors may make cumulative gifts to reach silver, gold, and diamond levels.)
Recognition and Honoring
James E West Fellowship Society Members from 1993 - 2014 will be recognized two years on the endowment recognition wall in the Cockrell Scout Center and be listed in the recognition booklet.
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If you would like to join the team of volunteers who promote this program with Scouters in their area, please contact Travis Briner at (713) 756-3370.
- What is a James E. West Fellowship Award?
- The James E. West Fellowship Award is a recognition authorized by the National Council, BSA and presented by the Sam Houston Area Council for individuals and chartered units who contribute $1,000 or more in cash or securities to the Sam Houston Area Council Endowment. This contribution is in addition to, and should not diminish or replace, the donor's annual gift to Friends of Scouting campaign.
- Who was James E. West?
- James E. West was appointed to the position of chief Scout executive in 1910 by the founding leadership of Scouting in America. West worked with Sir Robert Baden-Powell, Daniel Carter Beard, Ernest T. Seton, and many interested community leaders to give direction to the infant program of Boy Scouts of America. On January 2, 1911, West and others formed the National Council, B.S.A. During that year the Scout Oath, Law, badges and fundamental policies were established. Under his leadership over the next 33 years, Scouting grew and matured into the program we recognize and enjoy today. "Scouting today is the lengthened shadow of more than three decades of the farseeing and dedicated leadership of Dr. James E. West."
- Why is James E. West Recognized?
- James E. West is credited with not only helping form Scouting but guiding, protecting, and nurturing the program through many critical challenges. His leadership and foresight into the value of and need for Scouting in this country exemplified Ralph Waldo Emerson's observation that "...an institution is the lengthened shadow of one man." Little Jimmy's Story
- Who can become a James E. West Fellow?
- Organizations or individuals may contribute an award in honor of someone - an Eagle Scout, a Silver Beaver recipient, Council, District or unit Scouter, or in memory of a departed loved one. There can be no finer honor paid to a Scouter than to be named a James E. West Fellow, indicating that the nominee is in the same spirit and dedication to Scouting as was James E. West. Those who are recognized by the James E. West Fellowship Award will cast their own "lengthened shadow" as they help ensure the Scouting legacy by helping create the financial stability needed to carry Scouting in the next century.
- How is the James E. West Fellowship Recognized?
- The James E. West Fellowship Award is an attractive 8 X 10 inch certificate, personalized with the honorees name, date of gift and presented in a bound presentation folder. In addition, there will be a distinctive lapel pin and an embroidered square knot. Each honorees name will be displayed on the James E. West Fellow display in the Cockrell Scout Center of the Sam Houston Area Council. The recognition is immediate and may be presented after the commitment is paid to become a James E. West Fellowship member.