James E. West served as the first Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America for over 30 years. This Fellowship award is a national recognition for individuals who contribute $1,000 or more to a council endowment fund. Organizations or individuals may contribute an award in honor of an Eagle Scout, a Silver Beaver recipient, council president, or district chairman, or in memory of a departed loved one, business associate, Scout or Scouter.
This award is named after the first Chief Scout Executive who exemplified Ralph Waldo Emerson’s observation that “an institution is the lengthened shadow of one man.” Those who are recognized by the James E. West Fellowship Award will cast their own “lengthened shadow” as they help ensure the Scouting legacy for future generations of young people.
Knots are worn over the left pocket of the Scouting uniform.