2021 Council Honors

Meet The Grand Canyon Council's 2021 Honorees​

Join us at the program preview, Saturday, April 23, 2022, from 9:00am – 2:30pm at the Heard Scout Pueblo to grow your Scouting program and celebrate our volunteers! 

Congratulations to our 2021 Council Honorees who received the following council awards and recognition for their outstanding contributions, dedicated years of service, and leadership to youth and Scouting in Grand Canyon Council. Their years of dedicated service and many hours of hard work have touched the lives of many Scouts, and for that we are appreciative and want to recognize them for their dedication to the Scout program.

Throughout 2022, the Council Connection will feature each of our distinguished council award recipients and their individual contributions in Grand Canyon Council.

North Star Award: Awarded to individuals of distinguished service to youth by a non-registered Scouting supporter:

Christopher Kaup (April)

Meritorious Service Star: Awarded to volunteer leaders for their dedicated service and noteworthy service to youth, to Scouting and to their community:

Alana LaBelle (May)
Anuj Bhatnager (June)
Cody Mikita (July)
Douglas Wright (August)
George Chartier (September)
Justin Crowder (October)
Scott Robert (November)
Sean Wilson (December)

On behalf of the Council Awards & Recognition Committee, we extend our personal congratulations and best wishes.

Eric Hiser / Council Awards & Recognition Committee Chair

Christopher R. Kaup – North Star Award

The NORTH STAR is presented for distinguished service to youth in a local council. It is awarded to individuals of distinguished service to youth by a non-registered Scouting supporter. This award joins the prestigious Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope and Silver Buffalo awards, recognizing significant contributions to Grand Canyon Council and the Boy Scouts of America, respectively.

This year we are recognizing Christopher R. Kaup for his years of dedicated service and many hours of time, leadership, expertise and hard work in the bankruptcy and related legal matters. Chris continues to be of tremendous support in Grand Canyon Council, and we take great pleasure in awarding him the North Star for his distinguished service to youth.

Chris is a shareholder and member of the Board of Directors of Tiffany & Bosco, a multi-state law firm based in Phoenix. He chairs the firm’s Commercial Bankruptcy & Creditors Rights Group. He is a graduate of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa, and received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Chris has served on the boards of several nonprofits including the Grand Canyon Council, the Penn & Wharton Club of Arizona, the Turnaround Management Association, Arizona Chapter, and the Private Directors Association.

For the last 2 years, Chris has played an invaluable role for our Council in the national bankruptcy saga. First, along with our Scout Executive, Andy Price, Chris has served on the special Ad Hoc Committee at the national level. This committee of 8 councils has served as the crucial representative of our 250 local councils across the country in negotiating on behalf of all 250 local councils to get us where we are today, which is on the 1 yard line from victory. Second, Chris has served on our own special legal committee of the Board, advising our committee and board regarding how we should deal with the most complex bankruptcy in US history. He has spent countless hours, almost all of which pro bono, helping us through this difficult process and we couldn’t be doing it without him.

Chris has been happily married to his wife Debra for almost 30 years and has two children, Mackenzie and Abigail.

Congratulations to you Chris and Thank YOU for your dedication to Scouting in the Grand Canyon Council!

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