Lee’s Summit resident, Del Wilkinson, has been awarded the 2012 Boy Scouts of America Silver Antelope Award for the Central region.
This honor recognizes Del’s longtime service within Scouting and the community as well as his dedication to helping our youth become outstanding leaders.
The Silver Antelope Award was created in 1942 and is the highest award that can be presented by a region to one of its volunteers. The country is divided into 4 regions: Central, Southern, Western, and Northeast.
Del has been involved in Boy Scouts since the 1950’s. As a youth, he was a member of Troop 167 in Sugar Creek, MO where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He was also involved in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say at that time and became a Brave in 1956, a Warrior in 1957, and a Firebuilder in 1958.
Then as an adult, Del was then elevated to Sachem in 1999 and Keeper of the Wampum in 2004. At the 2005 Tribal Celebration, Del Wilkinson was named as the 76th Presiding Chieftain Trailing Gray Cloud of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.
Del’s service to others has included countless hours volunteering with the Heart of America Council. He has been a member of the Executive Board and Executive Committee, as well as Unit Commissioner and District Chairman for the Thunderbird District. In 2001, he was a member of the National Jamboree staff. He has also served as the Council Community Friends of Scouting Chairman and as the Council Commissioner.
The Silver Antelope is not the first award Del has received for his selfless service to others. Del received the highest award that can be bestowed by the Heart of America Council, the Silver Beaver Award in 2001.
He has also received the District Award of Merit from the Thunderbird District and the Bronze Pelican Award from the Diocese of Kansas City/St Joseph.