On April 28, Anthony A. "Tony" Nelson received the Silver Beaver Award of the Boy Scouts of America. The Silver Beaver Award was instituted by the Boy Scouts of America in 1931 to recognize outstanding service to youth and community and is the highest honor that can be conferred by a local Boy Scout council.
Tony Nelson is affiliated with Vermillion Boy Scout Troop 66, chartered by the United Church of Christ, and is a long-time volunteer for the Sioux Council. He began with Troop 66 as assistant scoutmaster in 1994 and was scoutmaster from 1999 through 2006. He is currently a district commissioner for the Lewis and Clark District. Tony has also served as patrol advisor, district training chair, and on the Troop 66 leadership committee.
A member of Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church, Tony is involved in several other charitable and community activities, including the USD Foundation, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, and the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps. Tony and his wife, Paula, have two children, daughter Kayla, who is a senior music education major at USD, and son Adam, who received his BM in music performance from USD in 2005 and received his master's in horn performance from Arizona State on May 10. As a Boy Scout, Adam achieved the rank of Eagle.
Troop 66 is pleased to congratulate Tony upon his receipt of the Silver Beaver Award in recognition of his service, dedication, enthusiasm, and hard work on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America and the community.