Battalion Chief Cory Galicia receives the william h. spurgeon iii award

The William H. Spurgeon III Award is the highest recognition for individuals and organizations making an outstanding contribution to America's youth through the learning for life programs.

The William H. Spurgeon III Award was developed in 1971 in honor of the man who is regarded as the major leader in the development of special-interest Exploring. Spurgeon, a business executive at the Irvine Company in Southern California, personally organized many special-interest posts in the 1960s. He served for many years as a member of the National BSA Council Executive Board and National Exploring Committee. His pioneering efforts led to the present Exploring program. He devoted much of the late 1960s to promote exploring and is particularly remembered as a dynamic speaker for Exploring Impact Plan luncheons across America. Spurgeon passed away in 1970. 

The award is designed for council use to recognize individuals or organizations contributing significant leadership to the Exploring program. The award is also presented regionally and nationally.

The council presents the William H. Spurgeon III Award to adult men and women who have rendered an outstanding contribution to the Exploring program either as an Explorer post adult leader or as a district, division, or council Exploring adult volunteer. Each council may determine the criteria and procedure for granting the award; therefore, each council develops its own nomination form.

Selection of local William H. Spurgeon III Award recipients, both organization and individual, are made by the Greater St. Louis Area Council’s Exploring/ Venturing Awards & Scholarships Committee.

Congratulations to you, B.C. Galicia.  This most prestigious award is  certainly well-deserved!