The purpose of the Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award is to recognize outstanding services by an adult individual or an organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for youth from rural or low-income urban backgrounds.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 | 10:00am

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Due to the current pandemic, we are live-streaming this exciting in-person event on Facebook LIVE off of the Hopkins District Facebook page as well as Zoom Conferencing (click here to join) on the day of the event for those who are not able to attend in person. You can show your support for our ScoutREACH programs in-person or virtually, whichever you feel most comfortable. Please use the registration button below to register for both live and in-person.

The objectives of the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award are:

  • To recognize an individual or company for its involvement in helping creating a better environment for low income or rural neighborhoods with use of Scouting or other programs.
  • To showcase ScoutREACH Scouting programs that give special leadership and emphasis to urban or rural area programs.
  • To raise funds to support ScoutREACH efforts in the Dan Beard Council. Over 90% of the funding, leadership and program fees in the Hopkins District are provided by the Council. Hopkins is the beneficiary of the funds raised from this event. This year, over 1800 youth will be active and engaged in Scouting through the Hopkins District


2019  |  2018  |   2017

Edgar L Smith Jr

Edgar L. Smith, Jr.
Founder, Chairman and CEO
of World Pac Paper, LLC

Richard “Dick” N. Aft, PhD
President of Philanthropic Leadership & Retired President of United Way
of Greater Cincinnati

Courtis Fuller
News Broadcaster

Eddie Koen
CEO of Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio


Event Sponsor ($10,000)
3 Tables of 8 seats, logo on printed materials.

Challenge Camp Sponsorship ($5,000)
3 Tables of 8 seats, logo on printed materials.

Hopkins Pinewood Derby ($3,000)
2 Tables of 8, logo on printed materials.

Hopkins After-School Programs ($1,500)
1 Table of 8, logo printed on materials. 

Individual Tickets ($75)

If you would like more information, please call Sarah Dods, District Director, at (513) 577-7718 or sarah.dods@scouting.org.