The Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award is a national recognition approved by the Boy Scouts of America and promoted by many Grand Lodges in the United States. It may be presented to any Master Mason who has made significant contributions to youth through Scouting. This is a selective award requiring a nomination and approval.
The Grand Lodge of Ohio has nomination forms available in the Grand View Resources Library. Here is the story of a recent recipient.
Brother William DeVelin, an engineer at the Piketon Uranium Enrichment Plant, has been an adult scouter for the past 16 years, serving as head of Cub Scout Pack 14 and Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 14 which served both St. Peter’s and St. Mary’s Catholic Churches in Chillicothe. He became a member of Scioto Lodge, No. 6, in 2016.
Masons from Scioto Lodge nominated Brother DeVelin,
and the award was presented on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, at the Chillicothe Masonic Temple by MWB Keith Newton, Grand Master.
During his time as Scoutmaster, 13 youngsters attained the rank of Eagle Scout, including his son, Tom DeVelin, who entered the Ohio National Guard during his junior summer at Waverly High School, and who later served a year in Afghanistan when his anti-missile unit was deployed there.
Brother DeVelin now serves as a District Committeeman and Commissioner for the Chief Logan District of the Simon Kenton Council. Bill organized a religious retreat for Catholic Scouts in 2017 resulting in two of the scouts receiving the Ad Altare Dei Award. Last winter, he organized a first-aid meet for 50 scouts at the Ohio University, Chillicothe, Field House. This was his 10th year running that program. He has also organized District swimming merit-badge clinics.
Bill and his wife Toni have been married 37 years and live in the Lake White area near Piketon.
If you know a Mason who – like Brother DeVelin – is making
a significant contribution to young people through Scouting, please consider nominating him for the Daniel Carter Beard Scouter Award.