Joe D'Angelo was a Scout and Scouter in the George Washington Council for twenty-four years before he met his tragic death in July, 1977. Joe spent many years working on the camp staff of old Camp Pahaquarra and the first two years of camping at Yards Creek Scout Reservation. As Program Director, he led a determined staff into and through Pioneer Year '72, the first of many successful summers at Yards Creek.
Many of us remember Joe from our years at summer camp. Those of us that were lucky enough to have worked with him remember him as a dedicated leader who held a high respect for the Scouting Movement and what it could do for a boy in his lifetime. Joe was of a rare breed, a person who accepted every boy and his capabilities for what they were while working with him to improve himself.
Joe was one to help any boy or adult to improve their individual skills and knowledge into the skills of a good leader in the patrol, troop, or any Scouting environment. Leadership was one of Joe's finest qualities as a person. Those of us who were able to interact with Joe were given countless opportunities to lead ourselves without fear of failure, for failure was a learning experience in itself. Joe felt that we should experience failure to learn from it, not to be condemned because of it.
Many of us who knew and learned from Joe did not want to let his memory fall by the wayside. For this reason, the Joe D'Angelo Memorial Award was established to recognize those Scouts and Scouters who best live up to the high ideals of Joe D'Angelo's Vigil Honor name: "To Show Someone" and the Order of the Arrow theme: "Unselfish service to others". Together they represent our brother, Joe D'Angelo: "To show someone though unselfish service to others".
This is but one small tribute to one great man. It is, however, our way of reminding ourselves and Scouting that we have lost a great Brother, who shall never be forgotten by those who loved him and the Scouting Movement in which he believed so strongly
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