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Two Boy Scout volunteers recognized for outstanding contributions to scouting

By: Bonnie Krueger


David DeVeydt, of Ballwin, and Paul Ke, of Chesterfield, have been honored by the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America with the Silver Beaver Award, the highest recognition a Boy Scout council can award to its volunteers.

The award recognizes noteworthy service that impacts the lives of youth and outstanding contributions to the Scouting program. Just 23 Silver Beaver Awards were given in 2017 from a pool of nearly 15,000 Greater St. Louis Area Council volunteers.

An Eagle Scout, DeVeydt has held numerous adult leadership positions within Scouting from Cubmaster to unit commissioner and everything in between. He is currently an assistant Scoutmaster, council commissioner, committee member, merit badge counselor and presenter at College of Commissioner Science. He also has been instrumental in the council’s Exploring program and established the business and finance Explorer Post at Edward Jones for which he serves as post advisor.

Ke has completed close to 50 Scouting training courses over the last 11 years. He has spent many years staffing everything from Cub Scout and Boy Scout advancement workshops to Boy Scout adult leader training to district camporees and the University of Scouting. Additionally, Ke continues to serve Scouting as a district committee member, Eagle board of review chair, crew advisor and National Youth Leadership Training staff member.

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