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James E. West

James E. West Fellowship Award 

The James West Fellowship Award is presented to individuals based on a contribution of $1,000 or more to the local Pacific Skyline Council's Endowment Fund. Registered Scouters or youth members receive and wear the square knot. 

Fellowships can also be provided in memory of a departed loved one, business associate or special Scouter or non-Scouter. 

The award is named after the first Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America who exemplified Ralph Waldo Emerson's observation that "an institution is the lengthened shadow of one man." Today, Scouting is the "lengthened shadow" of the more than three decades of the farseeing and dedicated leadership of Dr. James E. West. 

Contributions to the Pacific Skyline Council Endowment Fund managed by the BSA National Foundation through the James E. West Fellowship are never spent; only 5% of the interest is used to further the programs and outreach of the Pacific Skyline Council and Peninsula Scouting. As a member of the James E. West Fellowship, you may attend the annual Heritage Society Receptions.  

To contribute: contact Ron Chang, Council Development Director at or (650) 341-5633 for more information.

James E. West pins

$1,000+ Bronze Member Level: Certificate & Pin
$5,000+ Silver Member Level: Certificate & Pin
$10,000+Gold Member Level: Certificate & Pin
$15,000+ Diamond Member Level: Certificate & Pin

James E. West knot 

Square Knot for Uniform Wear


What is a James E. West Fellowship Award?
The James E. West Fellowship Award is a recognition authorized by the National Council, BSA and presented by the Pacific Skyline Council for individuals and chartered units who contribute $1,000 or more in cash or securities to the Pacific Skyline Council. This contribution is in addition to, and should not diminish or replace, the donor's annual gift to Friends of Scouting/Fair Share Campaign.

James E. West portraitWho Was James E. West?
James E. West was appointed to the position of Chief Scout Executive in 1910 by the founding leadership of Scouting in America. West worked with Sir Robert Baden-Powell, Daniel Carter Beard, Ernest T. Seton, and many interested community leaders to give direction to the infant program of Boy Scouts of America. On January 2, 1911, West and others formed the National Council, B.S.A. During that year the Scout Oath, Law, badges and fundamental policies were established. Under his leadership over the next 33 years, Scouting grew and matured into the program we recognize and enjoy today. "Scouting today is the lengthened shadow of more than three decades of the farseeing and dedicated leadership of Dr. James E. West."

Why is He Recognized? 
James E. West is credited with not only helping form Scouting but guiding, protecting, and nurturing the program through many critical challenges. His leadership and foresight into the value of and need for Scouting in this country exemplified Ralph Waldo Emerson's observation that an institution is the lengthened shadow of one man."

Who Can Become a James E. West Fellow?
Organizations or individuals may contribute an award in honor of someone -- an Eagle Scout, a Silver Beaver recipient, Council, District or unit Scouter, or in memory of a departed loved one. There can be no finer honor paid to a Scouter than to be named a James E. West Fellow, indicating that the nominee is in the same spirit and dedication to Scouting as was James E. West. Those who are recognized by the James E. West Fellowship Award will cast their own "lengthened shadow" as they help ensure the Scouting legacy by helping create financial stability needed to carry it into next century.

How is the James E. West Fellowship Recognized?
The James E. West Fellowship Award is an attractive 8 x 10 inch certificate, personalized with the honorees name, date of gift and presented in a bound presentation folder. In addition, there will be a distinctive lapel pin and an embroidered square knot.  You will become a member of the Council’s Heritage Society and invited to Annual Receptions. Your name will be added (in bolded type font) to the Council’s growing list of Endowment Donors (click here to review our Council Endowment Donors).  The recognition is immediate and may be presented after the commitment is paid to become a James E. West Fellowship member. 

What Are the Other Giving Opportunities After James E. West Fellowship Award?
Click here to see, Giving Questions – Scouting Answers, the current version of one of our most popular donor-oriented publications. It covers many different types of planned gifts and giving opportunities for gifts both large and small. If you would like a hard copy of the publication, please send  an email with your name, mailing address and telephone number to

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