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Marvin M. Lewis Award

Marvin M. Lewis Award

The Significance of the Marvin M. Lewis Award

In recognition of Elks' contributions to America's future, the Grand Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks established the Marvin M. Lewis Award. It recognizes lodge members in good standing who have made a significant contribution to the youth of their communities by volunteering in the programs of the Boy Scouts of America. The award is named for Marvin M. Lewis, PGER, who gave strong support to Scouting over the years.


The Marvin M. Lewis Award was introduced in 1998. The award, a recognition approved by the Grand Lodge, gives local lodges an opportunity to submit members to be recognized for their service to youth, and also makes the public aware of the important role Elks play in the community.


Application and Selection

Marvin M. Lewis Awards will be presented annually at the Grand Lodge convention only. The Grand Lodge selection committee makes the final determination on all recipients.


Applications may be downloaded here or obtained from the Grand Lodge, or from the Boy Scouts of America, Relationships Division, S226, 1325 West Walnut Hill Lane, P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079.


The recommended procedure for selecting a recipient of the Marvin M. Lewis Award is as follows:


The Grand Lodge invites all local lodges to submit their candidates for the award. Any person, group, or affiliated council may likewise nominate a Scouter/member for the Marvin M. Lewis Award. The nominees may be submitted through their local lodges or directly to the Scout council. In any event, they must have the local lodge recommendation.


The Grand Lodge makes the final selection of the recipients from the candidates submitted. The Grand Lodge forwards the recipient's completed application, containing all of the appropriate signatures, to the Boy Scouts of America, Relationships Division.


Qualification Guidelines

The nominating committee of the local lodge may develop its own standards for submittal, but should consider such factors as the nominee's record in (see the front page of the application):

  • Forming Scouting units, especially those to be operated by local Elks lodges.
  • Recruiting Elks members to become Scout leaders and to be involved in units operated by Elks lodges.
  • Taking Scouter training and setting a good example for youth.
  • Promoting Scouting for all youth, regardless of race, creed, or disabling condition.

Although a nominee's length of service in Scouting may be considered, no specific number of years should be required. A person's record of accomplishment and dedication should weigh more heavily than longevity.



The presentation shall be made annually at Grand Lodge, with no exceptions. In addition, after the Grand Lodge presentation a local presentation can be made at an event such as a BSA local council or district function, or a local lodge awards dinner.


Application Form

Download the application form for the Marvin M. Lewis Award.