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Sycamore's, The Jeff Clark Spirit Award

An annual award to recognize two to six Scouts in the District who, like Jeff Clark, really show their Scout Spirit, living by the Scout Oath and Law

Jeff Clark was a member of Troop 166 in Fox River Grove, Illinois.

He reached the rank of Eagle Scout on Oct. 24, 1995, one day before he and six of his Cary Grove High School classmates were tragically killed when an express commuter train hit their school bus in Fox River Grove, Illinois.

Jeff was involved in Scouts for eight years from Cub Scouts through Eagle in both his native state of Washington and here in Illinois. He truly loved nature and the outdoors and he liked the fact that Scouting provided him many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Whether it was a Troop camp out or a high adventure outing to places like Philmont, Jeff always had fun, met new people and discovered new learning experiences.

Jeff lived his life honoring the Scout Oath and Law. In Jeff's memory a special Sycamore District award has been established. All active Scouts in the District are eligible to participate and attempt to earn this award. Scouts just need to complete the enclosed application. The award recipients will receive a framed certificate, an engraved plaque, and their choice of a free summer camp or a $200 savings bond. If the free summer camp option is selected the recipient will receive a credit at the Council Office equal to the early registration amount at a Council camp. The credit amount can also be applied to any out of Council camp or to a high adventure trip.

This annual award will honor and recognize two to six Scouts in the District who, like Jeff Clark, really show their Scout Spirit. Are you a Scout that lives by the Scout Oath and Scout Law and actively participate in your Troop by attending outings, summer camp, earning rank advancement and merit badges, holding positions of responsibility, etc?

Show that your Scout spirit is soaring high like Jeff's by completing the application by December 15th.

The Jeff Clark Committee will complete the judging and selection process by January 15th.

To make a nomination of a Scout, please download the following files:

After Complelting the Nomination Form, Please Send to the Sycamore District Advancement Committee Chair:


Grace Esche is the Advancement Chair for Sycamore

Grace can be reached at 400 Kay Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014    

Email Grace at  gesche_scouts at


NOTE: Once your form is received by the Advancement Committee Chair, you will be contacted confirming receipt of the nomination

Past Award Recipients:

 2015 Ehren Braun  Troop 132
  Gabriel Jankowski Troop 329
  Craig Carlson Troop 160
  Colin Boysen Troop 368
  Zachary Joswiak Troop 158


Michael Randles

Troop 657


Kara Niles 

Crew 165


Nicholas Patzer 

Troop 155


Malachy Breslin  

Troop 161


Hunter Bjork 

Troop 166


Adam Payseur 

Troop 550





Andrew Friend

Troop 160


Liam Gaha

Troop 657


Cory Masterson

Troop 166


Daniel Munao

Troop 127


David Niles

Troop 165





Cormick Breslin

Troop 161


Lenny Flores

Troop 657


Mark Hegreberg

Troop 165


Samuel Payseur

Troop 550


Bryce Struttman

Troop 152


Matthew Torres

Troop 368


Kevin Kandler

Troop 166

Joseph Perrone

Troop 167

Nicholas Stanger

Troop 161

Kevin Wright

Troop 171


Mason Gennardo

Troop 152

Alex Kaskas

Troop 166

Brian Mudra

Troop 165

Thomas Slater

Troop 161


Dan Banko, Jr.

Troop 152

Jared Ewert

Troop 190

Gary Hausl

Troop 222

Jorden Kleinfelter

Troop 369


Matt Claypool

Troop 190

Jonathan Manke

Troop 329

Andy Domoto

Troop 161

Judy Rogers

Crew 460




      The recipients will have a choice of one of the following awards:

      • $200.00 toward Summer Camp fees
      • $200.00 toward High Adventure fees
      • $200.00 toward their unit Scout Account to be used for Scout-related expenses