What is the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award?
The national Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award is designed to recognize individuals and corporations who have been instrumental in the development of Scouting for youth who face challenging barriers.
We want to celebrate these leaders and the work they have done for Scouts and their community. Their selfless service and commitment to the community provide an excellent example for both youth and adult members. Thank you!
Meet our Whitney M. Young Jr. Award Honorees of 2020
Mrs. Benton is a proud member of Boy Scouts of America, serving Southern Crescent District and Southwest Atlanta District. She has served as an Assistant Cubmaster, Co-Founder of Troop 3499 where she was Scoutmaster for 7 years. She is currently serving as Scouts BSA District Unit Commissioner, District Membership Chair, District Twilight Camp Director, and Cub/Pack Troop Advisor and on the “Scouting on Demand” committee. Mrs. Alyson Benton was married to the late Jeffrey Benton. She is the proud mother of three children Jordyn Benton, Joshua Benton and Alysia Benton.
Karen served nine years as a Bear, Den Leader and Cubmaster for Pack 3290 at West Side Community CME Church; and five years as the current Cubmaster at Ebenezer Baptist Church’s Pack 213. She is an active volunteer on the Phoenix District Program Committee.
A Lead Data Analyst at the Georgia Department of Community Supervision, Ms. Bowens received the highest award in her profession: The Governor’s Public Safety Award for outstanding contributions in her field.
Bill Camp is the Scoutmaster of Troop 62 based out of Lithia Springs, Georgia, part of the Indian Springs District. He has held the role of Scoutmaster for Troop 62 for almost 35 years. Prior to becoming Scoutmaster, Bill spent five years as an Assistant Scoutmaster. Troop 62 is sponsored by Lithia Springs United Methodist Church and has had 40 Eagle Scouts in the last 39 years. Bill, a life-long Scout himself, earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1967 with Troop 37 in Columbia, South Carolina.
He has been married to Cynthia Camp for 46 years, with two sons who were in Scouts, where one earned Life and the other earned Eagle.
Thomas (Tom) Chubb III is the Chairman, CEO and President of Oxford Industries Inc. Tom graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Economics. He also holds a JD degree from the University of Georgia. Tom started at Oxford as a summer intern in 1988, while in law school, and has served the company in a wide variety of positions prior to becoming CEO.
Tom serves as the Board Chairman of the Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. He and his wife, Aimee, have two children – Lily, a rising junior at UNC – Chapel Hill, and Catie, an incoming freshman also at Chapel Hill.
Mr. Crow currently serves as managing partner for Westbourne Partners, LLC, an investment partnership based in Atlanta, and has been a Scouting volunteer for over 30 years. Dave currently serves on the Executive Board of the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, which he joined after moving to Atlanta in the late 1980’s.
In addition to his time on his son’s troop committee, he has served in a wide variety of roles in support of Scouting. He was the Strategic Plan chair for multiple Council long-range plans and currently serves as Endowment and Budget chair for the Council.
Margaret White Evans is a community volunteer, school advocate, and Scout leader working to build community through the local schools and neighboring organizations. Her work in Scouting has included serving as Troop 15 Committee Chair, Cub Scout Den Leader, District Membership Chair, and on the Council Advancement Committee. She was recently awarded the BSA’s Hightower Trail District Award of Merit.
Margaret is a native of Atlanta and has a B.A. degree from Presbyterian College. Margaret and her husband Matt are proud parents to sons Candler and Bryson.
Zena Gray Adeyemi has held many positions in Scouting over her 10 years as a volunteer. She is recognized in the community from her time working with the church food bank, the PTA and advocating to start a Pack at the Heritage Academy. She strives to plan programs that are at no or low cost to participants and looks to ensure they are family-oriented.
Zena has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and an associate’s degree in child development. She is a Real Estate agent, a proud Eagle Scout Mom, as well as a doting grandmother of two.
Sam Hay III
Sam Hay, a native of Covington, Georgia, he spent twenty years in commercial banking, beginning with the Citizens and Southern National Bank (now Bank of America) in Atlanta and later with Main Street Bank in Covington.
Hay is currently a member of the Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America board. In the past, he has served in leadership or fundraising positions with the Boy Scouts, Covington YMCA and Rockdale United Way. Sam and his wife, Loucy Tittle Hay, have a 22-year old son, Sam, and an 18-year old daughter, Allie.
Andrea Johnson’s primary Scouting position is Scoutmaster for Troop 2110 chartered by First Corinth Missionary Baptist Church in the Southwest Atlanta District. She is also a member of the Pack Committee and has used her National Camping School training to serves as Camp Director, Program Director and Den Leader for the district day camp. Andrea is a Wood Badge 92-85 Eagle and has served as the Bobwhite Troop Guide for WB 92-91. She is the 2019 Southwest Atlanta District Awards Merit Honoree.
Andrea is the proud mother of 2 Arrow of Light recipients, Brandon and Brian and a beautiful daughter, Brianna.
Susan Letteer is a native Georgian. She has been volunteering with Norcross Pack 247 and Troop 247 for 18 years, and except for Cubmaster and Scoutmaster, has held almost every other leadership position. Additionally, she has worked with Venture Crews 1912 and 525, and currently serves as the Chartered Org Rep for Norcross First United Methodist Church. Susan is a Bobwhite from Wood Badge 92-69, and obtained Brotherhood level in the Egwa Tawa Dee Chapter of the Order of the Arrow.
Susan has been happily married for 35 years to Donald Letteer, an earlier recipient of the Whitney M. Young Award. They have two children: Darra, who was in Girl Scouts from Daisy through Ambassador and earned the GSA Gold Award; and Douglas, who was in Boy Scouts from Tiger through Life and earned the BSA Eagle Scout Award.
Jeanette Miller serves as a committee member for Pack and Troop 532 and as a member of the Southwest Atlanta District Advancement Committee. She has served as a scouting volunteer for over 35 years.
Jeanette earned a B.A. Degree in Business Education from Clark Atlanta University and a M.B.Ed. from Georgia State University. She is the wife of the late Earl Miller, an avid Scouter, and the proud mother of Eagle Scout Shelman Drewey Miller and Dr. Nikole Miller, and grandmother to Lucy and Kiara.
Richard Morales is the Director of Engineering for LB Foster Piling. For over 4 decades, Richard’s experience includes: Director of Major Projects for ARAMARK; Sr Project Director for Phelps Dodge Copper Mining; Sr Project Manager for Lockheed Engineering and Sciences at the NASA Johnson Space Center/White Sands Testing Facility; Bridge Engineer for CALTRANS and a Research Structural Engineer for the National Bureau of Standards in Gaithersburg, Md.
Richard is proud to currently serve as Chairman on BSA Atlanta Council’s Exploring Engineer STEM Academy at Georgia Tech for 20 years, encouraging youth to pursue a STEM career. Richard also serves, now for over 11 years, on the Non-Profit Board of Directors for SkillsUSA, an organization dedicated to post-secondary high school students interested in highly skilled trade careers.