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Posted: Saturday, March 22, 2014 2:02 pm

Two of Scouting’s top ambassadors were honored Thursday night at the first Community for Scouting dinner ever held in the Greater St. Louis Area Council.

Bonnie and L.B. Eckelkamp of Washington were recognized for a lifetime of service to the Boy Scouts of America — the nation’s premier youth development organization with more than 100 million youth and adult members.

The couple’s ongoing commitment to the organization and to Scouting is nothing short of remarkable. Their combined Scouting resumes are long and sterling.

L.B. Eckelkamp has received all of Scouting’s top honors, including the Silver Beaver from the council level, the Silver Antelope from the regional level and the Silver Buffalo from the national level.

He is a national board member and Chair of the Community Alliances Committee with Boy Scouts of America. He also is an Executive Board member, Executive Committee member, chair of the Finance and Investment Committee and former president and chairman of the Board with the Greater St. Louis Area Council Boy Scouts of America.

Over the years, Eckelkamp’s name has become synonymous with Scouting in both this area and nationally.

Bonnie Eckelkamp has been by her husband’s side throughout their Scouting journey and her contributions to both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America are equally impressive.

She has the distinction of being the first Brownie in St. Francis Borgia Grade School by joining the public school Brownie troop. She has received the Silver Award from the Girl Scouts of America and has served as both a Cub Scout den mother and Girl Scout leader.

Perhaps more importantly, they have passed their passion for Scouting on to their children and grandchildren.

Scouting places a very high value on community involvement and Scouts take that commitment very seriously, volunteering for a wide range of projects.

So do the Eckelkamps.

The couple’s record of volunteer service, philanthropy and leadership to a long list of charitable and educational organizations is unmatched. It is too long to list here. They don’t just donate money to these causes, they also generously give their time, energy and talents. They lead by example.

Nowhere is that more evident than their work with Scouting. In our view, there are no better ambassadors of Scouting than Bonnie and L.B. Eckelkamp Jr.

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