Order of the Arrow Lodge Annual Report

Kyle Jekyleppesen, Lodge Chief for the Awaxaawe’ Awachia Lodge, presented the Lodge Annual Report to the Executive Board of the Trapper Trails Council on February 8, 2017.

To access the 2016 annual report,  Click here.  Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the web page, then download the annual report.

Great things are happening in the Awaxaawe’ Awachia Lodge!  The Lodge met the criteria to be a Silver Level Journey to Excellence Lodge for the second year in a row.

Kyle was elected 2017 Lodge Chief by his youth peers in the Order of the Arrow, and is the only youth member of the Trapper Trails Council Executive Board.

In addition to the Annual Report presentation, Scout Executive Allen Endicott talked about the 2017 Lodge charter, which is displayed in the board room of the Ogden Service Center. 2017-lodge-charter

Alumnus of the Year

Neil Butterfield does not seek the accolades of the world.  This is one reason why Neil is the Trapper Trails Council, BSA Alumnus of the Year.  This recognition was presented to Neil at the council’s annual business meeting held on February 8, 2017.

The Trapper Trails Council takes pleasure in presenting the Boy Scouts of America Council Alumnus of the Year Award to Neil A. Butterfield.neil-butterfield

The BSA Council Alumnus of the Year Award is the Scouting Alumni Association’s highest council recognition.  The award was established to recognize alumni of the Boy Scouts of America who, over a sustained period of time, have used the skills and values they learned through their association with Scouting to make significant and long-lasting contributions to their local communities through their careers, avocations, and Scouting.

Neil was a Boy Scout in Salt Lake City in the 1940’s and was one of the very few who earned the Explorer Ranger award before it was discontinued in 1950.

After service in the US Air Force he began his professional Scouting career in Ephrata, Washington in 1958.  Later he served in Boise, Idaho and Medford, Oregon.  His successes led to his selection as Scout Executive in the Juneau, Alaska council.

After a lengthy and successful service there he served at Idaho Falls, Idaho until he was selected as the Scout Executive of the Cache Valley council in 1979.  He served there until the council merged to form the Trapper Trails council in 1993, when he retired.  Since that time he has been an invaluable member of the Council Executive Board in solving numerous administrative challenges.  He is a well-known face throughout the council to Scoutmasters and Scouts, as well as to Council and District leaders.  Though adept in overseeing high level board meetings, he can also often be found with a hammer or drill, making repairs to buildings at camps or brewing up tasty Dutch Oven delights at Camp-o-rees or at Summer Camp.

Because the Scout Oath is the creed by which he lives, he has become the Scouter’s Scouter to thousands of adults and youth who admire him.  He was recognized for his contributions as a volunteer with the
Silver Beaver award in 2001 and has over 72 years registered service in the Boy Scouts of America.

Neil is a prominent member of his community and church in Logan, Utah.  As Scout Executive of the Cache Valley Council for 14 years, his gentle and efficient manner enabled him to develop Scouting advocates among the business, education and government leaders throughout northern Utah and southern Idaho.  His legacy continues to this day.  Through his quiet and gentle leadership, scores of former Scouts have become firm supporters of Scouting throughout the Cache Valley for over 30 years.  His positive example and gentle encouragement have made better Scouters of all those who have known him.

The Trapper Trails Council is honored to present the Boy Scouts of America Council Alumnus of the Year Award to Neil A. Butterfield.  Congratulations Neil!


Recognizing Great Volunteer Service!


This year, Trapper Trails Council will recognize 66 volunteers for service rendered to youth.  The recognition evening will be held at Box Elder High School, 380 South 600 West, Brigham City, UT, on February 20, 2015.  The evening will begin at 7:00 PM.  Refreshments will be provided.

Congratulations to the 66 volunteers being recognized:

First Name Middle Last Name
Adolfo Armando Alvarez
Timothy Neal Ward
Sandra Kimber
Lowell Mark Jacobsen
Opal M Jenks
Bruce Lyon
Nathaniel Mason Mills
Eric C Smith
Nathan H Braegger
Cleve Merrill Dibble
Lee Monroe Whittle
Kendall R Wright
David VanOrden
Royce Kent Harrop
Tammy Cay Stevens
Mark Earl Anderson
Joseph Alfred Jeppson
Matthew Mozingo
Justin Wayne Allen
Lowell Dean Smith
Cheryl Ann Weight
Kib E Jacobson
Tamy M Bremer
Neal George Hart
Steven Arthur Ward
Gerry Delwin Adair
Scott Eric Frazier
Richard K Wallin
Levar Dee Thompson
Douglas H Young
Bentley H Johnson
Charles Paul Christensen
Aaron Whitaker
John Francis Bates
John Wendel Howarth
Michael Richard Adams
John Eric Squire
Vicki LaDawn Somerville
Brian C Cook
Nathan Andrew Stong
Chad J Hughes
Rosa L Salzman
Gordon Leon Banz
Scott Charles Fisher
Richard Lance Haycock
Kenneth W Harju
William Leonard Skidmore
Robert Glenn Burby
Ned F Wangsgaard
Charles Joseph Linford
Richard Gale Wade
Ronald Wright Farnsworth
Rene Venegas
Shawna Rae Froerer
David Michael Thomas
Dave Hadley
Dennis Gene Dayley
Jeffrey Alan Arnold
Allen Glen Webb
Cynthia Meredith Thackeray
Darrell Alfred Buxton
Steve Howard Welch
Chris D Jensen
Brent W Sparks
Erick Alan Thompson
Lloyd Thomas Peterson

Scouting.org explains the Silver Beaver award this way:


To recognize registered Scouters of exceptional character who have provided distinguished service within a council.

Who Can Earn This Award?

Presented by the National Court of Honor on behalf of councils.

How To Get the Award

Anyone may nominate any deserving registered Scouter to the council, which selects recipients for the following year. Each council may process their own annual allotment of Silver Beaver awards and shall send a list of Silver Beaver awards and shall send a list of Silver Beaver recipients presented each calendar year to the National Court of Honor no later than January 31 of the following year.

For more information about how to nominate someone in the Trapper Trails Council for the Silver Beaver Award: