Northern Star Volunteer Honored at National Jamboree
Bill Davies Presented With the Global Peace Award
By Allison Stendler, Communications Intern
Bill Davies, a Northern Star Council volunteer who has served as the
Chair of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, was presented
with the Global Peace Award by the Muslim Community and the Vietnam
Recognition Pin at the 2017 National Jamboree.
“At Boy Scouts, we respect all religions, but to be recognized by other
religions is very humbling and I was fortunate to receive that,” Davies
said about receiving the Global Peace Award. “Scouting is about getting
along regardless of your backgrounds, and these awards represented that
well,” he added.
Davies also headed the Catholic Committee Booth and Activity Area at
the National Jamboree, where 1,300 Rosaries were completed on site
during the week-long event. Davies, along with 23 other staff
members and 12 priests answered questions and shared their faith with
participants. “To see youth seeking more information not only about
their own faith, but about others was incredible,” Davies said.
Another highlight was that Davies presented the Saint George Emblem,
the highest Catholic Scouting Award, to the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Pierre and Davies also presented the Archbishop a St. George Emblem to personally take back to the Vatican for Pope Francis.
Davies History of Involvement in Scouts
Davies was never involved in Scouting as a
youth. Instead, he started volunteering for Northern Star Council in
1982 through the Rotary Club. His two sons joined Scouts and he began
working as the Vice President of Community Relations for the Lake
In 1992, his efforts shifted to the Catholic Church when he joined
the Archdiocese of Minneapolis-St. Paul Catholic Committee, which
worked closely with Boy Scouts in the area. Davies worked as a Finance
Chair and a member on the committee from 2007-2010. In 2006, he joined
the National Catholic Committee, and in 2010, was the Area 1 Membership
Chair until summer 2017.
Davies said he remained involved in the Scouting
community so long because “Scouting did a lot for [his] sons.” His two
sons, who were both Eagle Scouts, both were given advantages in school
and the workplace because of the skills they learned at Scouts.
“The college admissions officers were more impressed with the fact
that he was an Eagle Scout, than they were of anything else on his
resume,” Davies said of his son, Matthew, who is now a pilot. “With my
other son, Scouting gave him the confidence to proceed with school and
the workplace,” Davies said.