On May 28, the National Capital Area Council (NCAC) of Boy Scouts of America (BSA) presented Jeffrey Cohen with the highest honor an adult Scouter may receive from their local council: the Silver Beaver Award.
Approximately one in every 1,000 volunteers receives this award, which recognizes service in three categories: service to the community, service to youth involved in Scouting, and service to youth outside of Scouting. There were 20 honorees in the Col. Garry Lewis 2019 Class of Silver Beavers.
Cohen and his wife Elise live in Rockville, Maryland, and belong to Chabad Shul of Aspen Hill. All six of their children have been involved in the BSA.
Cohen began his Scouting journey in Virginia Beach as a Cub Scout with Pack 66. He became involved in Scouting again when his sons joined Pack 452, then based in Silver Spring. Since 2004, he has since held a variety of positions in Pack 452 (now based at Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville), boys Troop 613 (at Kemp Mill Synagogue in Silver Spring), and two Venture Crews. He has also served on the NCAC Jewish Committee on Scouting. Additionally, he is the founding Scoutmaster of newly created Scouts BSA girls Troop 614 (Kemp Mill Synagogue).
A Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow, Cohen has attended the National Order of the Arrow Conference and two Jamborees, where he served as the assistant scoutmaster for Shabbat-observant contingent troops.
Outside of the BSA, he has served multiple years as Troop Cookie Manager for Girl Scouts Troops 1624 and 1498 and as gabbai and board member in various synagogues. He has also volunteered with his children’s sports teams.