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!



We all know that boys today are “at risk.” They are more likely than girls to drop out of school and less likely to enter or graduate from college. They are also more likely to be diagnosed with learning disabilities and have low self-esteem.

What can change the direction of this trend? A study conducted by Harris Interactive shows that Scouting programs build boys’ mental, social, and physical skills. Compared with youth who have never been in a Boy Scout program, boys who have been Scouts five or more years:

•           Have higher self-confidence,

•           Are more likely to resist peer pressure to take part in delinquent activities,

•           Are less likely to consume alcohol,

•           Are more willing to help others

•           Report earning higher grades, and

•           Are more likely to volunteer to be a leader.

This study shows that the skills boys learn in Scouting help them overcome obstacles and challenges throughout their lives.  In fact, more than 80 percent of men in this study who were Scouts as youth say there have been real-life situations where having been a Scout helped them be a better leader.

Findings from the study indicate that the positive effects of Scouting last a lifetime. Men who were Scouts five or more years as youth are more likely than men with no Scouting experience to:

•           Graduate from high school (91 percent Scouts versus 87 percent non-Scouts),

•           Graduate from college (35 percent Scouts versus 19 percent non-Scouts),

•           Earn higher annual household incomes ($80,000 Scouts versus $61,000 non-Scouts),

•           Have lifelong friendships (89 percent Scouts versus 74 percent non-Scouts), and

•           Believe that helping others should come before one’s own self-interest (92 percent Scouts versus 83 percent non-Scouts).

These statistics speak for themselves.  Scouting can and does make a difference.  Our youth need Scouting more today than ever.  As a council we believe that every youth should have an opportunity to join.  It is our mission to make this a reality. 

Thank you for helping with the Scouting program.  Whether you are a parent or an adult volunteer, we are grateful for the impact you are making in the lives of Scouts in our area.  Because of what you are doing today, we are building a better and brighter future for tomorrow.

(The Trapper Trails Council has 17,570 youth involved in Cub Scouting, 15,159 in Boy Scouting, 7,773 in Varsity Scouting, and 8,680 in Venturing. There are 26,311 registered adult volunteer leaders. The Trapper Trails Council covers parts of Wyoming, Idaho, and Utah.)