Gordon Bovee, of Andover, was recently presented with the Silver Beaver Award, the highest recognition a Boy Scout Council awards to Scouting volunteers. Recognizing “noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth,” only 19 such awards were given from a pool of nearly 20,000 Northern Star Council volunteers. Bovee, who has been an active Scouting volunteer for over 25 years, was presented with this award on March 22 during ceremonies at Northern Star Council’s recognition dinner at the Robert S. Davis Base Camp at Fort Snelling.
Bovee is currently a troop committee member for Troop 9623, Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Ramsey, and district member-at-large for the Three Rivers District. His work with youth includes being a Webelos Den Leader and merit badge counselor. He has also served as roundtable and unit commissioners.
Bovee is very involved in his community outside his Scouting roles. He has volunteered for over 10 years on the Confirmation Action Team at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and has helped for over 20 years with the St. Francis High School Madrigal Dinner. Bovee also volunteers for the American Red Cross, Memorial Blood Bank, Habitat for Humanity, the Hoffman Enclosure Paint-a-Thon and the Anoka Halloween Parade.