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Boy Scouts council honors O’Fallon resident for service

By: Nez Savala


Dr. Rollin Jackson Sr.

The Greater St. Louis Area Council of Boy Scouts of America honored Dr. Rollin Jackson Sr. of O’Fallon with the Silver Beaver Award at the council’s annual dinner in June.

The Silver Beaver Award is the highest recognition a Boy Scout council bestows on volunteers. It recognizes noteworthy service that impacts the lives of youth and outstanding contributions to the Scout program. From a pool of nearly 15,000 volunteers in 2017, a mere 23 Silver Beaver Awards were given.

Jackson became involved with Scouting as an adult after his son entered the program. He has taken on many roles at levels such as unit, district and council. Jackson currently serves as assistant Scoutmaster, crew adviser, committee chair, district vice chair, district committee member, district commissioner, merit badge counselor and STEM mentor.

Previously, he worked on the Philmont

Leadership Challenge and Wood Badge, and served as vice chancellor for the University of Scouting. As a member of the Order of the Arrow, Jackson received the Philmont Masters Award.

The Silver Beaver Award [Boy Scouts of America photo]

Jackson is a 32-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, a member of a local VFW Post, life member of NAACP, life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and a Girl Scout leader. He also coaches youth basketball and track.

As a United Way agency, the Greater St. Louis Area Council provides youth with character development programs and values-based leadership training. The council, one of the largest in the Boy Scouts of America, has more than 66,000 members and nearly 15,000 adult volunteers, representing 51 different counties in the Southeast Missouri, Southern Illinois and St. Louis metropolitan areas.

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