The Silver Beaver recognizes adult volunteers for exceptional service to Scouting at the council level. The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a council‐level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council. A limited number of Silver Beaver awards are made each year.
The Silver Beaver is the highest award a Council can bestow upon a volunteer for outstanding service to the Council and the youth that it serves. This outstanding group of Scouters have given their time, talent and treasure to the Council and have not gone unnoticed. The awards will be presented at the annual Council Recognition Dinner.
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Nominations for most awards will be due November 1, 2020. This is earlier than in previous years.
Awards and Recognitions
ADULT LEADERSHIP/SERVICE AWARDS
Silver Beaver – A national award, the highest award that may be given to an adult in scouting. A limited number may be awarded each year.
National Outstanding Eagle Scout – Eagle Scouts who have continued to serve with excellence in scouting, their profession, and the community at large.
Whitney M. Young – honors outstanding service by an adult individual or by an organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for youth from rural or low-income urban backgrounds. Only 1 may be awarded per year
Torch of Gold — recognize individuals who have provided outstanding service in the area of Scouts with special needs; council-level distinguished award of the Boy Scouts of America to recognize adults for exceptional service and leadership in working with Scouts who have disabilities. Only 1 may be awarded per year.
Special Needs Service — The Special Needs Scouting Service Award recognizes and may be earned by adult volunteers and professionals whose active and outstanding service • Involves working with Scouts who have disabilities or special needs • Promotes awareness of disabilities and special needs in Scouting • Advocates the recruitment, inclusion, and full participation of members who have disabilities or special needs in the programs of the Boy Scouts of America
Council Alumnus of the Year – The Boy Scouts of America Council Alumnus of the Year Award is the Scouting Alumni Association’s highest council recognition. The award was established to recognize alumni of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) who, over a sustained period of time, have used theskills and values they learned through their association with Scouting to make significant and long-lasting contributions to their local communities through their careers, avocations, and Scouting.A BSA alumnus includes anyone positively and personally impacted by the BSA—former Scouts, family members of Scouts past and present, community leaders, and the millions of Americans who benefit from Scouting in their communities every day.
Scouting Veteran – Nominate yourself for this award to receive a special veterans pin celebrating a milestone anniversary (e.g. 5, 10, 15, 20…. Years). APPLICATION DEADLINE to be recognized at the 2021 Council Recognition Dinner is November 1, 2020. Scouting Veterans who register to attend the Council Recognition Dinner will receive the special pin at the event. Others may order the pin from National BSA through the Scout Shop for purchase.
ADULT & YOUTH LEADERSHIP/SERVICE AWARDS
Venturing Leadership –recognizes registered adults and youth who have made exceptional contributions to Venturing and who exemplify the Scout Oath and Law.
Lifesaving & Meritorious Service Awards — recognizes registered youth and adults who have performed an attempt to save a life or to recognize notable acts of service that need not involve attempts of rescue or risk to self, but put into practice Scouting skills and/or ideals.
YOUTH LEADERSHIP/SERVICE AWARDS
2020 Class of Eagle Scouts & Venturing Summit Award recipients & Quartermaster Award recipients who register and attend will receive a commemorative neckerchief for their respective awards. These are the highest rank awards for Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scouts, respectively.
William T. Hornaday Awards for distinguished service in natural resources conservation will also be recognized.
Congressional Medal – highest recognition Congress bestows on youth for meeting goals in four areas: voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration (typical scout activities). Youth must register before beginning work on these goals. They may register at age 13.5 years or older and must achieve their goals before reaching age 24. All work must be documented. The highest level, the Gold Medal, requires 24 months of work. Other levels include the Bronze Certificate and the Silver Medal. Each level is cumulative and builds upon the prior levels.
POSTHUMMUS SCOUT RECOGNITION
Spirit of the Eagle is an honorary posthumous special recognition for a youth member under the age of 21 who has lost his or her life in an accident or through illness. NOMINATION DEADLINE – 6 months after the scout’s death.
2020 Silver Beaver Class:
|Tracy Childress||Lincoln Trail|
|John Fischer||Executive Board|
|Frank McPhillips||Lewis & Clark|
|Michael Muscarella||Four Rivers|
|Bev Tavelli||Lewis & Clark|
|Jennifer Washburn||Four Rivers|
|Charles “Tom” Wilson||Audubon|
Click Here for list of past Silver Beavers Recipients