Eddleman Honored with Silver Beaver Award


Photo of Dr. Bill Eddleman

Dr. Bill Eddleman was recently honored with the Silver Beaver award by the Greater St. Louis Area Council.


July 30, 2009 – Dr. Bill Eddleman, chair of the Department of Biology at Southeast Missouri State University, has been awarded the highest honor bestowed upon a Boy Scout volunteer leader.

Eddleman was recently honored with the Silver Beaver by the Greater St. Louis Area Council (GSLAC) at the GSLAC Annual Meeting and Recognition Dinner. The Silver Beaver is the highest award a volunteer Scout leader can receive from a local Council.

Eddleman says receiving the award is particularly special because his uncle earned the award about 50 years ago.

“It means a lot to follow in his footsteps,” he said. “It shows me that I’ve done well at delivering the aims of Scouting to the youth I’ve worked with.”

Silver Beaver recipients must be either registered as a Boy Scout leader in the Council or be a high profile community leader. They also must have rendered noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth and served youth and the community outside of Scouting.

Eddleman has enthusiastically been involved as a Scout leader for 10 years and has been a vibrant participant in community activities. This year, he was among 22 recipients from the Greater St. Louis Area Council who received the award, but was the only local recipient to be honored. Eddleman’s interest in Scouting began when he was a Cub Scout and Explorer. More recently, he has served Troop 16, chartered to the Cape Girardeau Elk’s Lodge, as a committee member and chairman, and assistant Scoutmaster and Scoutmaster for the past nine years. He is also an associate advisor for Venture Crew 248 in Chaffee, Mo.

He has been involved in adult training activities for Boy Scout leaders, serving as a staff member for Boy Scout Basic Leader Training in local districts for nine years. He has completed Wood Badge advanced leader training and is serving on his third Wood Badge staff this summer.

Eddleman also has served as Scoutmaster for Jamboree Troop 1237 in 2005 and has been involved in the Order of the Arrow (OA), an honor society and service organization for Boy Scouts. He is also a Merit Award and Vigil Honor recipient in OA and is currently an advisor for the Shawnee Chapter, Anpetu-we Lodge in the OA. He also was a district advancement chairman and a merit badge counselor.

Eddleman has served on the district training staff and was an instructor at the University of Scouting. He also served on Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow staffs and Cub Adventure Camp staffs.

In addition, he has served several terms as president and vice president of the Cape Girardeau County Genealogical Society. He also is editor of the Audubon Society of Missouri’s quarterly publication, The Bluebird, and a member of the Cape Girardeau Historic Preservation Commission and the Missouri State Genealogical Association.