Gene Kimball of Andover was recently presented with the Silver Beaver Award, the highest recognition a Boy Scout Council can give to a 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. Kimball, who has been an active Scouting volunteer for over 10 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.
Kimball is currently a Scoutmaster for Troop 3509, Glen Cary Lutheran Church, Ham Lake and Order of the Arrow Chapter co-adviser, for the Three Rivers District. His work with youth members includes being a Cubmaster for Pack 3509, having served on staff at Grey Wolf (training top youth leaders), the University of Scouting, Wood Badge and the World Scout Jamboree in Sweden. He holds the Cub Scouter and Cubmaster Awards, the Scouter’s Training Award, and the Scouter’s Key. As a Wood Badge staffer, Scouting’s highest volunteer training program, he wears three beads, and he is a District Award of Merit recipient.
Kimball is very involved with the community outside his Scouting roles. He teaches geology and rock collecting to the Girl Scouts and in area schools. He also teaches ice fishing at the Ham Lake Snow Bowl and entertains at the Minnesota Renaissance School. Kimball volunteers as a campmaster at Camp Birch Bend, a youth camp affiliated with the Pine Bend Association and he is a member of the Minnesota Triumph Club and Minnesota Chess Club.