Two local men earn top Boy Scout honor


March 10, 2016

Two Worland men had the highest Boy Scout honor bestowed upon them last week.

Dustin Fuller and Kimball Croft were awarded the Silver Beaver at an awards luncheon by the Greater Wyoming Council of the Boy Scouts of America on Saturday in Casper.     

The Silver Beaver award was created by the National Boy Scout Council and first presented in 1931 as an award program to be utilized by a local council with National Council approval of the recipients.  Recipients of this award are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the local Boy Scout Council.  The Silver Beaver Award is the highest award that a local council can give.

The newest Silver Beaver Award winners are:

Dustin Fuller. He has created a lasting legacy during his 40-plus years of service to Scouting. During that time, he has helped 45 boys reach the rank of Eagle Scout.

Fuller started his started his scouting career as a cubmaster in 1972 in Cheyenne. Since moving to Worland, he has been a fixture in the Scouting program there for more than 30 years. Throughout his distinguished scouting tenure, Fuller has served as a scoutmaster four times, an 11-year-old scout leader three times, and as Cloud Peak District Chairman three times. During that time, he has led Worland’s contingent to Scout Camp on eight separate occasions. In 2015, he took the Wood Badge course.

According to Tucker LaPrade, Senior District Executive of Boy Scouts of America Greater Wyoming Council, Scouting is Fuller’s most beloved organization. Because Fuller had less than stellar Scouting leaders as a youth, he has worked tirelessly to make sure that every Scouting unit he shepherds has the very best leadership and support. His favorite Scouting memory is a recent trip to Camp Many Point with his two grandsons. Dustin’s three sons – and three grandsons – are all Eagle Scouts. In addition to scouting, Dustin has also been a Worland Rotarian for 25 years, and volunteered in the Family History Center for 15 years.”

Kimball Croft. He began his distinguished service to scouting in Mesa, Ariz., where he served as cubmaster, scoutmaster, and troop committee chairman. Since then, he has served in numerous Scouting positions at the unit, district, and council level for nearly 30 years, including unit commissioner, district chairman, and executive board member.

Training remains a major focus of Croft’s professional and scouting life. He currently serves as the Washakie County Director of Homeland Security, and heads up the Emergency Planning Committee and Community Emergency Response team. In Scouting, Kimball also teaches “preparedness”, preparing generations of volunteers for their role as leaders in Boy Scouts. In the Grand Canyon Council, he played a key role in the Council’s training “Pow Wow” and “Little Philmont.” In the Theodore Roosevelt Council, Croft oversaw scoutmaster training, working with 180-200 troops every year.

According to LaPrade, “Perhaps Kimball’s favorite training course of all, and one of his greatest passions, is the Wood Badge Course. Kimball first became Wood Badge trained in Arizona, and has worked as a trainer for various courses for almost 30 years. In the Greater Wyoming Council, Kimball has served as assistant director for the course in 2009, 2011, and 2015. In 2017, Kimball will direct the course. In addition to Scouting, Kimball has helped put together “Girl’s Camp” in the LDS church for 12 years, has served on the Washakie County “Search and Rescue” for 10 years, and is a Rotarian.”


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