Earlier this moth two Allegheny Highlands Scouters were honored with the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award. This prestigious award is given to members of the Masonic Lodge who act as role models and provide dedicated service to the young men in the BSA. The Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Award not only supports the Masonic relationship through the man who helped to bring Scouting to America, but proclaims the integrity of the recipient who is honored by receiving the award. Pictured to the right in his Boy Scout Uniform is Brian Keith Himes, Brian has been a volunteer in Allegheny Highlands since 2006, he has held many positions including Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, Boy Scout Roundable Comissioner, and Venturing Adviser. Pictured to the left in his green venturing uniform is Francis (Fran) Heath, Fran received his eagle scout award in 1962 and became an active volunteer when his son Travis joined the scouting program, Fran has been both a volunteer and a professional scout thought the years. The Freemasons have long been a strong supporter of the Boy Scouts of America by supporting the development of Scouting units, serving as volunteers, and assisting their Masonic lodges in forming and sponsoring Scout units. The relationship between individual Masons and Scouting, which has existed since the founding of Scouting in America, has resulted in great benefits for both Freemasonry and Scouting. The creation of the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award was announced in June 2001. History - Daniel Carter Beard Freemasonry's relationship with the Boy Scouts started with a Freemason named Daniel Carter Beard. Beard was made a Mason in Mariner's Lodge No. 67, New York City, NY, and later affiliated with Cornucopia Lodge 563, Flushing, NY. In the late 1800's he founded a male youth program called the "Society of the Sons of Daniel Boone." By 1905, the program had become "The Boy Pioneers." The man who would create the first "Boy Scouts," and be known as its founder, was Lord Robert Baden-Powell of Great Britain. Lord Baden-Powell, who was not a Mason, read of Beard's program, and based on his own military experience, developed what is known as the "Boy Scouts." In 1910, the Boy Scout program came to America when Beard merged his organization into the "Boy Scouts of America" and became its first National Commissioner. Beard, known affectionately as "Uncle Dan" by millions of Boy Scouts, worked tirelessly to create the Scouting Program that exists today. He developed the elements of the Scout badge and the Scout uniform, and wrote and illustrated various early publications of the Boy Scouts of America. Beard exemplified the Masonic ideals throughout the Scouting program.