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The Far East Council, which administers Pacific Boy Scouts of America programs, has nominated two Kanto Plain-based volunteers for an annual Scout council award for exceptional volunteers helping community youth.

The council selected Navy Capt. Sean Filipowski from Yokosuka Navy Base and retired Army Col. Daniel Hessman from Camp Zama for the 2004 Silver Beaver Award.

“The Boy Scout program would not be delivered to young people were it not for dedicated volunteers,” said Guy Eichsteadt, executive director of the Far East Council, in a statement. “There are 1.5 million volunteer leaders in the Boy Scouts of America program, and 1,100 of the best leaders are in the Far East Council. This makes it very difficult to select two each year for the highest award presented to a Scout leader.”

Filipowski, who started as a Cub Scout in New Jersey, has served as a den leader, Cub master, committee member, unit commissioner and Scout master. As Scout master, he oversaw five Eagle Scouts, 10 Life Scouts, six Star Scouts, 15 First Class Scouts, 18 Second Class Scouts, 14 Tenderfoot Scouts, and more than 300 merit badges earned.

He is the Japan district commissioner, one of Scouting’s top volunteer management roles.

Hessman started Scouting in South Dakota and now supports troop- and district-level activities on Camp Zama. He is involved in the summer camp each year at Tama Hills, enjoyed by local Scouts and others in mainland Japan. He served as the Scouts’ Japan district chairman for many years.

Both volunteers helped the district earn the 2003 National Quality District Award.

Last year, Hessman was elected Far East Council president, and as such led the council to achieve the National Quality Council Award. He also has helped strengthen the relationship between the Far East Council and each of the military service branches, Eichsteadt said.

The Far East Council oversees Cub and Boy Scouts and Explorers and Venturers groups in Japan, Okinawa, South Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand. The council oversees 2,400 youngsters and more than 1,100 adult volunteers. Chartered in 1953, an estimated 100,000 boys and girls have been a part of council programs.

The body is permitted two Silver Beaver Awards each year based on membership. Since 1953, 81 Far East Council members have received the award.


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