Award recipients recognized at grand-opening banquet – Heart of New England Council – BSA

Award recipients recognized at grand-opening banquet

On November 28 Heart of New England Council held a grand-opening event at the Wachsuett Country Club where the newly appointed Executive Board unanimously voted to formally change the name of our organization to Heart of New England Council, Inc.

At his grand-opening banquet volunteer leaders were recognized with several prestigious awards including the Venturing Leadership Award (VLA), Outstanding Eagle Award, North Star Award, and Silver Beaver Award.


Venturing Leadership Award

The Venturing Leadership Award is presented to those who have made exceptional contributions to Venturing and who exemplify the Venturing Code and Oath.

  • Stephanie M. provided critical leadership that helped to revitalize Crew 486 in Littleton where she now serves as Vice President. She is active as a youth Venturing trainer for the council and Area 1 helping share her passion for Venturing with others. Stephanie is a junior at Little High School where she serves on the student council and is active with cheerleading and track and field.
  • Dylan B.  is a member of Crew 34 in Shirley where he has served as Secretary and President. He is also a life Scout in Troop 17 Fitchburg where he serves as a Den Chief. For many years Dylan has provided youth leadership to the annual Webelos Woods family camp at Camp Wanocksett. Dylan is a senior at Nashoba Tech where he is preparing for a career in culinary arts. He is a member of the National Honor Society and a recipient of the John F. Kennedy Distinguished Citizen Award.

Outstanding Eagle Award

The NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award was established during the BSA’s 100th Anniversary in 2010.  The award was created to recognize notable Eagle Scouts who have performed distinguished service at the local, state, or regional level.  Worthy candidates for the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award have inspired others through their actions and have devoted a lifetime to their profession, avocation, community, and beliefs, at great sacrifice to themselves and their families.

  • John Creedon Jr. – A family man, John grew up as a Scout and has been a major contributor to the success of the Council. John owns and operates both the Worcester Brave Hearts and Creedon & Co. catering in Worcester.

North Star Award

The North Star Award is given to individuals who have given great service to the scouting movement.  However, recipients of this award themselves are not currently members of the Scouts BSA, which makes their service and dedication all the more remarkable.

  • Ken Ansin – Ken Ansin was an early investor/director in Enterprise Bank and Trust Company of Lowell, Mass. and later and founding investor/director in United Site Services Corporation of Mansfield. Ken is a native north-central Massachusetts and founded Ansin Consulting Group providing critical assistance to growing, private sector social enterprises, not-for-privates, and c-level executives. Ken has been an adjunct/guest lecturer at numerous area colleges and universities. Ken is currently the Community banking Director for enterprise Bank, a $2.2 billion community commercial bank headquartered in Lowell.

Silver Beaver Award

The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 to recognize adult leaders who have provided distinguished service to youth at the council-level. It is the highest award a council may present to a volunteer. It is presented to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrifice, and dedication.

  • Brian Anders – Brian Anders has been in the Scouting program for over 40 years. During that time he has served in numerous roles including: Charter Organization Representative, Cub Master, Committee Chair, District Commissioner, and District Chair. He is active with volunteer training including Outdoor Webelos Leader training, BALOO Training for Cub Scout leaders, and will be serving as the Course Director for the first Wood Badge course hosted by the Heart of New England Council in 2019. Brian is a recipient of the District Award of Merit and the Distinguished Commissioner Service Award. Brian is employed as a Lead Specialist at National Grid, and is active in his community.
  • Harry Pape –  Nashua Valley Council’s outgoing President, joined Cub Scouts in the sixties and still has his winning Pinewood Derby car. He became an Eagle Scout in 1967. As an adult Scouter Harry a Cub Scout leader, Assistant Scoutmaster, and troop committee member in Princeton where he was actively involved in summer camp and troop camping trips that included a trek to Florida. In 2005 Harry joined the Nashua Valley Council Executive Board and served in that role on and off until 2015 when he was elected as Council President. As President, Harry provided leadership to the merger process that resulted in Heart of New England Council. Harry is a member of the First Congregational Church where he has served as the moderator and church historian. He has been the town moderator in Princeton for the past 30 years, reads the Gettysburg Address yearly to kick of the Memorial Day parade, is President of the town Historical Society, chaired the 250th Town Anniversary celebration committee, chaired the Town Common Improvement committee and too many other positions to mention.
  • Glenn Sullivan – Glenn Sullivan has been involved in the Scouting program for over 30 years. He is an Eagle Scout and has served in numerous positions at the unit level; Assistant Cubmaster and Cubmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster and Scoutmaster, and Crew Advisor. Knowing that he had more to give, he joined the District Committee, serving as the training chair. He has served on Wood Badge Staff and helped with district and council level trainings. He is a recipient of the District Award of Merit, a member of the Order of the Arrow, and the Treasure Valley Alumni Association. Outside of Scouting, Glenn works for the David Clark Company, enjoys being outdoors, and is an avid beekeeper. When not working and collecting honey, he can be found spending time with his family whenever he can.

  • Brendan Hurley – Brendan Hurley serves as the Scoutmaster of Troop 3 in Ayer, where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and which has flourished under his leadership. The Scout ideal of “be prepared” and “to help other people at all times” influenced his career as a Paramedic and Firefighter. He now serves as a trainer for first aid and CPR for the Introduction to Outdoor Leadership course. As Scoutmaster for two National Scout Jamboree troops and adviser for a contingent to the National Order of the Arrow Convention he has helped dozens of Scouts experience unique opportunities beyond their home troop, and recognize that they are part of much larger movement. When Brendan is not delivering Scouting’s promise or saving lives, he enjoys trips to Walt Disney World, setting records by visiting every single MBTA station in 8 hours, and spending time with his new bride, Jenny.