Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner

Established by the Katahdin Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, the Distinguished Citizen Award recognizes noteworthy and extraordinary leadership of citizens in communities across Northern and Eastern Maine. Honoring distinguished citizenship delivers a message to our youth that character counts. The lives of distinguished citizens set examples that serve to inspire our youth to lead, to accept responsibility, and to care about principles and causes beyond self-interest.

On October 12, 2017, the Katahdin Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, presented the 2017 Distinguished Citizen Award to the Honorable William S. Cohen. Bill was selected because he exemplifies what the Boy Scouts stand for: good citizenship, strength of character, and a commitment to helping others

For 107 years, the Boy Scouts of America has led the nation in providing citizenship training for American youth. Through the years, Scouting has provided young people with character-development programs based on values found in the Scout Oath: duty to God, duty to country, duty to others, and duty to self. The Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner is the Council’s most significant annual fundraising event, providing resources to supporting character-development programs to youth served in Penobscot, Piscataquis, Aroostook, Washington, Waldo, and Hancock Counties.