Among those honored were two local men, Randy Brown and Phillip D. Thompson, each of whom received the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award for volunteerism given by the Boy Scouts.
Brown is the assistant Scout master of Troop 517, sponsored by the Beulah Ruritan Club in Surry County, a post he has held since 1995. Prior to that he was involved in the leadership of a local Cub Scout pack, and as a youth he was a member of Troop 517.
Brown is a member of the Wahissa Lodge of the Order of the Arrow, received his Dogwood District Award of Merit in 1997, and frequently volunteers his time to help with upkeep and maintenance at Camp Raven Knob.
He works for Guardmart Inc., and operates his own catering business. He is a member of Central View Baptist Church and is active with the Skull Camp Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.
He and his late wife, Robin, have two children, Bethany and Nick, who is an Eagle Scout.
Thompson served professionally with the Old Hickory Council from 1960 until retiring in 2002. As a volunteer, he served with both the Dogwood District, which includes Surry County, and the Laurel District, which includes Yadkin County.
He was also a member of Troop 8 in Avery County as a youth, and served as an assistant scoutmaster there before moving away.
Four other people received the Silver Beaver Award during the ceremony at Wilkesboro Community College. They are Lynn M. Frank of the Laurel District in Yadkin County, William M. Schley Jr, of the Piedmont District in northern Forsyth County, William E. Rabil Jr. of the Piedmont District, and Victor Jordan of the Piedmont District.