James E. West

James E. West Fellowship Award

Contributing to the Pacific Skyline Council’s Endowment Fund is one of the best ways to ensure that we can continue to offer outstanding outdoor programs at Camp Oljato, Cutter and Boulder Creek Scout Reservations, in addition to grow to meet the future needs of the youth and communities we serve.

See a list of our donors here

James E West application iconDownload the application (fillable PDF)

Matthew C. Sears, Eagle Scout, wearing naval academy uniformA James E. West fellowship has been established in memory of Matthew C. Sears
Matthew, passed away on December 6, 2018 due to complications related to leukemia. Matthew was raised in Los Altos, CA, and attended Los Altos High School. He participated in Scouting, beginning as a Cub Scout, and became an Eagle Scout at 14 years old with Troop 33. He gained acceptance to the United States Naval Academy. Matthew was currently a Midshipman studying Computer Science. More about Matthew hereExternal Link. Hank Scherf is our first donor. To donate contact Ron Chang, Council Development Director at ron.chang@scouting.org or (650) 341-5633 x103.

The James E. West Fellowship

The James E. West Fellowship Award nationally recognizes individuals who contribute $1,000 or more in cash or securities to the Pacific Skyline Council's Fund (managed by the BSA National Foundation). Your gift will remain in our local endowment fund and will provide an income resource in perpetuity. Individuals may contribute monies toward a fellowship in honor of someone else: an Eagle Scout, a Graduate, a Silver Beaver/Vigil Honor recipient, Scoutmaster/Cubmaster, Retiree, council president or special loved ones including non-Scouters, youth or adults.

James E. West was the first Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, and he served in that position for more than three decades. The West Fellowship award is available for gifts of $1,000 and up in cash or marketable securities to a council endowment fund. The gift must be in addition to— and not replace or diminish—the donor’s annual Friends of Scouting support.

Many individuals and corporations make these gifts either on behalf of someone else—such as in honor of an Eagle Scout, Silver Beaver recipient, a retirement, a special accomplishment, or anniversary—or in memory of a special individual. If an institution is truly “the lengthened shadow of one man,” it is more than fitting that the Boy Scouts of America honor James E. West’s major contributions to Scouting in such a significant way.

James E. West bronze pin$1,000+ Bronze Member Level
• Certificate
• Bronze pin

Donors may make cumulative gifts to reach Silver, Gold, and Diamond levels.

James E. West silver pin$5,000+ Silver Member Level
• Certificate
• Silver pin

James E. West gold pin$10,000+ Gold Member Level
• Certificate
• Gold pin

James E. West diamond pin$15,000+ Diamond Member Level
• Certificate
• Diamond pin


James E. West square knot for uniform wear Square Knot for
Uniform Wear

Monies held in our Endowment Fund are professionally managed in cooperation with BSAAM (Boy Scouts of America Asset Management).

To contribute: Contact Ron Chang, Council Development Director at ron.chang@scouting.org or (650) 341-5633 x103 for more information.