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The Crossroads of America Council, BSA recognized outstanding community and scouting leaders at their 40th Annual Character in Action Awards Dinner on April 6.

The event was held at the JW Marriott. Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and First Lady Janet Holcomb were presented with the Thomas W. Moses Good Scout Award.

Other honorees included Matthew Best, who was the National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award recipient, and Carolene Mays, who received the Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award.

The dinner also featured the recognition of the 2024 Silver Beaver class and this year’s Eagle Scout class. 

Eric and Janet Holcomb, governor and first lady of Indiana, received the Thomas W. Moses Good Scout Award. Named after Moses for his work as a civic leader, passionate statesman, military veteran and successful businessman, the award is presented each year to individuals who help others without seeking reward.  

Carolene Mays, founder and president of Black Leadership and Legacies, Inc., was honored withtheWhitney M. Young Jr. Service Award, named for Young’s unselfish acts of service to disadvantaged youth. 

Matthew Best, manager of global master data and security for Eli Lilly and Company, received the National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award, which recognizes Eagle Scouts for leadership, service and significant professional accomplishments.  

 The 2024 Silver Beaver class including Keith Burns, Kevin Dowley, Gary Fuller, Bryon Hartzog, Scott Hughes, Al Kane, Tim Sherrill, and Stephen Williams, was also recognized at the event.

The Silver Beaver is the highest award the Crossroads of America Council can bestow upon a scouting volunteer. The Council also recognized the winners of two youth Eagle Scout awards.  Eli N. earned the Judge John Price Award and D.J. W. earned the Merle Miller Eagle Scout Project of the Year Award. 

Through this event, the Crossroads of America Council, BSA, raised over $240,000. This money will ensure 16,000 youth, ages 5-20, throughout 26 counties in central Indiana will have the opportunity to experience all scouting has to offer. 

Our thousands of positive adult role models are guiding youth to become the best versions of themselves through experiences in character development, life skills, leadership, citizenship, personal fitness and service to others. 

For information on the Crossroads of America Council, BSA, please visit crossroadsbsa.org. 

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