(Omaha, NE) – July 13, 2012 - Stephen J. McCollister of Valley, Nebraska has been awarded the 2012 Silver Antelope Award. This is a regional award that honors individuals for their outstanding service to the Scouts and young people throughout the community.
McCollister has been an active member of the Boy Scouts for 43 years. He has served as both Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, District Committee Member, Eagle Scholarships Selection Committee Member, and Council Executive Committee Member. In addition, he has also served as District Commissioner, Tornado Volunteer/Donations Coordinator, District Operations Chair, and as a Board Trustee.
Previously, McCollister, has earned several recognitions including the James E. West Fellowship Award, Silver Beaver, District Award of Merit, Community Organization Award, and is an Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor Member.
When asked what one Scouting achievement he was most proud of, it was being able to serve for three solid months after the tragic tornado at the Little Sioux Scout Ranch helping to organize volunteers, receiving and recording offers to help from all over the world, and then prioritizing the offer of money and resources to aid affected families.
He and his wife Pat's family include four sons: Scott, Todd, Matt, and Nate and a daughter, Angela, plus eight grandchildren. He is the President of McCollister-Stokes, LLC.
About the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council The Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council serves 25,351 youth in 58 counties in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. The Council serves youth by instilling them with values that last a lifetime. Such values include honesty, helping others, character development and respect for the law. Scouts learn these values while participating in fun, family-friendly activities. The Council, supported by 7,870 volunteers, is headquartered in Omaha, with a satellite service center in Sioux City, Iowa.