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Very Reverend P. Allister Rawlins is first recipient of the BSA North Star Award in Nassau County

Very Reverend P. Allister Rawlins is first recipient of the BSA North Star Award in Nassau County

The North Star Award External Linkhas been introduced by the BSA National Court of Honor to recognize individuals who are not registered members of the BSA and have made significant contributions to youth in their communities.  This award is on par with the Silver Beaver which recognizes registered Scouters for their distinguished service to youth in the Scouting Program. 

The Theodore Roosevelt Council BSA is proud to recognize the Very Reverend P. Allister Rawlins of St. George’s Episcopal ChurchExternal Link in Hempstead NY as our first North Star Award honoree.   The church is the sponsor of Pack and Troop 300, which was formed as a result of his interest in providing the youth of the parish and community an anchor to achieve personal growth and contribute to the community in accordance with the principles of the Scout Oath and Law.  Rev. Rawlins was a Scout and Scout leader as a youth on the Caribbean island of Nevis, and recognized the positive impact of Scouting on the development of young men and women. 

 

Steven Grosskopf, Council President; the Very Rev. P. Allister Rawlins; Eric Anderson, Council Executive Board

He has been a community leader concerned with social justice in the Hempstead community, attending many meetings within the Village to participate in identifying solutions to improving the quality of life for residents of Hempstead.  This mission also shaped his leadership responsibilities for the companion diocese program within the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island and the Anglican province where the diocese is a member.   He also affirmed the need for responsible citizenship and social justice in his birthplace; Rev. Rawlins has spoken to local residents from St. Kitts-Nevis to ensure” … all must work to enhance our democracy by becoming agents of justice working arduously to improve upon what we have inherited.”

During the 17 years of his term at St. George’s Church, he supported his parishioners in the creation of Pack 300 and Troop 300.  These units have grown to be a major source of pride within the Hempstead, Roosevelt and Uniondale communities; the troop has a strong outdoor and advancement program, and has made trips to Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and is planning a trip to Anguilla to provide cultural enrichment to the members of the troop.  In the twelve years of existence, 10 scouts have earned the Eagle Scout Award with the encouragement and support of the pastor.

 

Members of Troop 300 and the TRC Council Executive Board with the Very Rev. P. Allister Rawlins, recipient of the first North Star Award presented by the Theodore Roosevelt Council BSA.

In recognition of his service to the youth of his parish, his community, and his continued support of social justice for the members of his communities, the Theodore Roosevelt Council BSA recognizes the significant contributions of the Very Reverend P. Allister Rawlins. 


 

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