Henry “Hank” Levien Awarded 2021 Scoutmaster of the Year

Congratulations to Scoutmaster Henry “Hank” Levien of Troop 53 for receiving the 2021 Chuck Smith Scoutmaster of the Year Award.  Hank has been Scoutmaster of Troop 53 for over 26 years, driving a scout-led program that has benefited hundreds of young men over the years.  His program has included many camping and high adventure experiences, community service projects, and youth leadership activities over his long tenure.  Over the years, Hank has camped with his troop and with Venture Crew 2053 over 540 nights, and has overseen the advancement of over 94 scouts to the rank of Eagle Scout.

Hank Levien served as a Navy officer for 30 years, achieving the rank of Captain and rising to become Commodore of U.S. Navy Amphibious Squadron Three.  After the Navy, Hank became Public Works Director at the City of Imperial Beach and has served there for 23 years. 

While Hank was selected for the award in February, the presentation was moved to June 4 to align with the 50th anniversary celebration event for Troop 53.  Jim Atkins was on hand to make the presentation as representative of the San Diego-Imperial Council and the Eagle Scout Alumni Association.

The Chuck Smith Scoutmaster of the Year award was established in 1974 to recognize outstanding service by a Scoutmaster in our local council.  This Award was renamed the Chuck Smith Scoutmaster of the Year Award in 2003 after Chuck Smith, 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.  Each year the Eagle Scout Alumni Association accepts commendations for the Chuck Smith Scoutmaster of the Year Award.  A candidate must be 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 Scout.

Paul Honeycutt Awarded 2020 Scoutmaster of the Year

Each year the ESAA accepts nominations for the Chuck Smith Scoutmaster of the Year award.  Candidates must be 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.  Consideration is given to their contributions both to the Scouting program and to involvement in religious and community service.  Of all submissions each year, one Scoutmaster is selected for this award.

Mr. Honeycutt has been Scoutmaster at Troop 616 for over 14 years and has mentored more than 69 scouts to the rank of Eagle Scouts.  He is himself an Eagle Scout and is highly trained in the Scouting program, and utilizes the Patrol method to provide numerous leadership opportunities for his Scouts.   Troop 616 has received Gold Quality Unit status in every year of his tenure.  He has led multiple high adventure and Jamboree excursions to the benefit of his Scouts and the Council.  Additionally he has served in the community as a coach in soccer, softball, and basketball leagues.

Congratulations to Mr. Paul Honeycutt, 2020 Chuck Smith Scoutmaster of the Year.

To view the Scoutmaster of the Year Hall of Fame, please visit our web page at https://eagle.sdicbsa.org/scoutmaster-of-the-year/.