2017 Silver Beaver Class

We are very excited to present our 2017 Silver Beaver Class!

David Bogetz – David has served in many positions in scouting – Scoutmaster, Jewish Committee, District Chairman to name a few.  David’s leadership skills have not only been good for scouting, the district and an example to the boys in the troop; but he has been a leader in Turnaround Management Association which is committed to the advancement of turning around and restructuring local professional communities.  If you ask, you probably could get David to play a tune on his ukulele, too. David Bogetz Interview by Rob Orr.




Theresa Calabrese – When Theresa joined Pack 273, the unit only had 2-3 activities per year and hadn’t had a camping program for several years.  Theresa turned that around by instituting a regular camping program and increased non-camping activities to 2 per month.  She didn’t stop there but continued to be on committees at the district and council level.  Theresa has served on the Hawthorn District 73 school board and has organized and participated in community involvement projects through her employer, ARxIUM.  She has done the same organizing abilities when working at Allstate and her church, Christ Lutheran Church. Theresa Calabrese Interview by Rob Orr.




Ian Hopkins – when you hear this name, the first thing you think of is “Remembrance Area”.  Without Ian’s commitment and dedication to this effort, it might never have come to fruition.  Ian has taken on many positions at the unit, district and council levels.  He is a pillar in the Wilderness Engineer Society (WES), a group of workers from different labor areas that twice a year go to Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan for a long weekend to help open and/or close the camp and make maintenance repairs. Ian Hopkins Interview by Rob Orr.




Jodine Hultman – Jody started out in scouting at the unit level as most of us have.  But she soon spread her wings to include troop, Venture Crew, Explorers and merit badge counselor.  In 2015, she started Robotics in the local area recruiting the counselors and other needs to have the boys complete the merit badge.  In the community, she has encouraged Junior Achievement in Round Lake High School for over 20 years and STEM program in the Round Lake Beach Elementary School. Jodine Hultman Interview by Rob Orr.




John Lillstrom – You may not know this man’s name but you have seen what he has accomplished.  In the late 70’s our high adventure program at Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan was in disarray, almost non-existent.  It was John under the guidance of Bob King that reestablished the program that we know today.  He has given unselfishly most summers, especially since his retirement, to working at Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan.  John was instrumental in the raising of over $30,000 in donations for the Bob King Memorial Maintenance Center. John Lillstrom Interview by Rob Orr.




Scott Smith – Scott was introduced to scouting at an early age as he is part of three generations of Eagle Scouts (6 Eagles in total).  His own two sons have aged out but Scott is still active with the current scouts.  He has gone on five Philmont treks and looking forward to another in 2018.  Scott is a year-round scouter participating in OKPIK and Wood Badge.   He is active with The Chapel leading the culture of hospitality with the greeting team, ushers and café.  He is an inspiration of joy, enthusiasm and genuine love for people. Scott Smith Interview by Rob Orr.




Betsy Kip Uzzell – Betsy has been active on many fronts in the Evanston area.  Her scouting career has spanned the years since 2000 while church, PTA, Lion’s Club and her strong dedication to those with disabilities has filled her other hours in the day.  With her own family and their challenges in the world dealing with disabilities, she has become a powerful spokesperson.  The world for those with handicaps or other struggles is so much better because of Betsy and her courageous efforts on their behalf. Betsy Uzzell Interview by Rob Orr.

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