In 1974 the San Diego Imperial County Council Boy Scouts of America and the San Diego Eagle Scout Alumni Association began awarding the Scoutmaster of the Year award in recognition of outstanding service. This Award was renamed the Charles Lewis “Chuck” Smith Scoutmaster of the Year Award in 2003 after Chuck Smith. Chuck was a Scouter who dedicated 70 Years to Scouting, of which 41 were in our council both as a member of the Executive Staff and as a volunteer. In 2003, the ESAA board agreed to change the name to the Chuck Smith Scoutmaster of the Year award.
Each year the Eagle Scout Alumni Association accepts commendations for the Chuck Smith Scoutmaster of the Year Award. Each candidate must me a registered, seasoned Scoutmaster who exemplifies Scouting ideals of character and who has mentored a significant number of his/her Scouts in their advancement to the rank of Eagle.