In scouting Silver Foxes abound but Silver Beavers are a rare breed. Silver Beaver recipients like Clea Lee are downright unheard of.

The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a council‐level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America.  Recipients of this award are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council.

The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a council‐level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America.  Recipients of this award are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council.

It is quite an honor for a man to receive the Silver Beaver Award, the highest honor a Boy Scout Council can bestow.  When a woman is given the award, it is truly noteworthy.  At the recent Orange County Council Annual Recognition Dinner, Clea Lee, of the Santa Margarita Ward, got a well-deserved Silver Beaver.

Clea's involvement in Scouting began when she was called as the den leader for her son Jake, then 9.  Since then, she has given untold hours  as a volunteer to Scouting in many capacities, from Cubmaster, Roundtable Staff, to the Saddleback District Committee, where she is the immediate past District Commissioner. 

Clea completed the challenging Wood Badge Training in 2007, her first camping experience.  Clea’s tiny two person tent barely allowed a place to sleep, let alone change her clothes.  Her colleagues christened it the “Barbie Dream Tent” and presented her with a homemade “first time camping” patch, her favorite award. She says the Wood Badge experience was her most rewarding in Scouting, as she "learned how to problem-solve, communicate better, how to handle change, and to set goals and achieve them step-by-step." Subsequently she was on staff for three courses, including being Senior Patrol Leader.  

Clea served as the Stake Cub Scout Specialist for six years.  She has been a Nursery Leader, Primary Leader, and currently serves as the Ward Young Women's Secretary. Her volunteerism has also taken her into the community, where she has volunteered at St. Vincent's Hospital, Laura's House, Melinda Heights Elementary School, Trabuco Hills High School, and Little Dresses for Africa.

Clea presently serves as Assistant District Commissioner in Saddleback District and Committee Member of Troop 736.  Previously she served as Bear Den Leader and Cubmaster of Pack 736.  

When asked what she would like to tell people about the Boy Scouting program, Clea said,

"The values are the same as the ones we promote in the church, and the young men are given the chance to do a lot of fun things that they might not ordinarily have the chance to do."

Clea lives in Rancho Santa Margarita with her husband, Marc, and children Jake (18) and Zoe (15).  The Lee family likes to take trips together, and have visited Costa Rica, and Paris.  They enjoy watching old "Twilight Zone" movies, going on trail hikes with their dog, Winger, and trying really "adventurous" food.

Congratulations, Clea Lee, on your Silver Beaver Award!

Written by Jean Simpson