Popp Award

MalcolmSkipPopp_Pic.jpgThis award honors Malcolm “Skip” Popp, who gave his life to rescue a scout on a troop outing.

Malcolm Craik (Skip) Popp, Jr. was born March 3, 1938 in Chelsea, Massachusetts. He was the proud father of six children. As his sons came of age, Skip and several other fathers in the neighborhood felt the need for their sons to participate in scouting and organized the first Cub Pack at Buckingham Elementary School in 1965. As his sons advanced through scouting, he became the Assistant Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 1046. On May 22, 1971, while on a scout camping trip to the Shenandoah River’s South Fork, Skip drowned after successfully rescuing a scout from the flood swollen waters. After pushing the boy into the arms of the boatmen Skip slipped below the water and was swept away.

Nomination Process

Scouts and Scout leaders who have performed “extraordinary and distinguished community service, within Scouting organizations located in the City of Bowie" may be nominated for this award.

Nominations are accepted at Bowie City Hall, 15901 Excalibur Road, Bowie, MD 20716. Questions may be directed to Popp Award Program Chairperson Sharon Hunt at shunt1@verizon.net, 301-802-0714 or Sally Hein at e-mail or 301-809-3014.

Popp Award Nominations being Accepted


Nominations must be made through Scouting units, who may nominate Scouts and/or Scout leaders within their groups. Community members are welcome to contact a Scout unit to recommend one of their members for nomination. The nomination deadline for the 2016 award was March 24, 2017. 

Prior Recipient of the Popp Award


The 2014 recipient of the Malcolm "Skip" Popp award was James Morehouse, Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 403. A reception was held in his honor on Monday, June 1, 2015.

View program from June 2015 Awards Ceremony

No nominations were received for 2015.