Big congratulations and my thanks to this year’s Silver Buffalo Award honorees.
At last week’s National Annual Meeting, 11 volunteers (nine are pictured above) earned Scouting’s highest honor for adults. In doing so, they joined a prestigious list that includes Walt Disney, James E. West, Norman Rockwell, and Jeff Gordon.
Here are the 2012 recipients:
Allow me to amend the Scout Law to add this: A Scout is Grateful.
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I’m grateful to Managing Editor John R. Clark and rest of the Scouting magazine team for their continual efforts to enhance and promote my blog.
And I’m grateful to you, my readers. You’re the reason this blog exists at all; I couldn’t do it without your support, participation, and feedback.
Here’s a little more about the award:
Remember Spencer Zimmerman, the Eagle Scout triathlete with the heart of a champion?
It’s impossible to forget the inspiring story of the young man — just 13 at the time — who pushed, pulled, and carried his friend with cerebral palsy through a grueling three-hour triathlon. If you missed this tale of selflessness, grab a box of Kleenex and click here.
Over the weekend, 15-year-old Spencer’s stirring effort gained national recognition when he received the American Spirit Award from the Boy Scouts of America and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.
Spencer Zimmerman so badly wanted his friend with cerebral palsy to finish a triathlon that in 2010, the Arizona Eagle Scout pushed, pulled, and carried his buddy through a 500-meter swim, 3.2-mile run, and 12-mile bike ride.
Spencer, then 13 years old, and his friend Dayton Hayward trained relentlessly — Spencer pulled Dayton in a raft, pushed him in a jogger while running, and towed him on a bike — to prepare for the three-hour race that challenged the physical and mental stamina of both young men.
And yesterday, two years after the pair crossed the finish line, the Boy Scouts of America and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation recognized the strength of Spencer’s heart in a big way. The organizations honored him with the American Spirit Award, one of the nation’s highest civilian honors for youth.
The award has thrust Spencer into the national spotlight, but the 15-year-old is quick to deflect its aim.
Do you have a great idea for a project that will help youth better understand and appreciate the outdoors?
Would you like $2,500 to help make your idea a reality?
Are you between the ages of 18 and 28?
If you answered “yes” to all three questions, listen up.
Outdoor Nation, an official BSA partner since 2010, seeks “individuals between the ages of 18 and 28 who are interested in connecting other young people with America’s natural and cultural heritage through outdoor experiences.”
The Community Organization Award square knot might not be easy to earn, but it’s now easier to get.
You can buy the knot, recognizing Scouters’ volunteer achievements in national charter organizations such as the Elks, Alpha Phi Omega, the Masonic Lodge, and more, at your local Scout Shop—instead of going through your charter organization.
Once you’ve been recognized with one of the awards (listed below), just take your award documentation to the nearest Scout Shop and purchase the square knot, No. 613864. Award recipients no longer need to contact the Program Impact Department and the charter organization to order the knot as in previous years.
What do Robert Baden-Powell, Jimmy Stewart, Neil Armstrong, and Bill Gates have in common?
All are recipients of the Silver Buffalo Award, Scouting’s highest honor for adults.
Late last month, 11 more joined the prestigious list. More on them in a second.
The Silver Beaver Award has a new cousin.
Last month, the BSA’s National Court of Honor announced the addition of the North Star Award, an honor similar in prestige to the Silver Beaver Award.
The main difference? It’s only available to non-Scouters. Continue reading