13 Scouters to receive 2021 Silver Buffalo Award, Scouting’s top honor for volunteers

The Boy Scouts of America could not exist without the tireless effort of volunteers across the country and, in some cases, the world. From weekly den meetings to National Jamborees, the BSA can’t say “thank you” enough to the volunteers that make it happen.

That’s why the Silver Buffalo Award exists.

In recognition of their commitment to this life-changing movement, 13 volunteers have just joined the illustrious list of people who have received Scouting’s top honor for adult volunteers.

Created in 1925, the Silver Buffalo Award for distinguished service to youth is awarded to those persons who give noteworthy and extraordinary service to youth. This award is Scouting’s highest commendation of the invaluable contributions that outstanding Americans make to youth.

The service must be national in scope and can be independent of, or directly through, the Boy Scouts of America.

The Silver Buffalo Award is part of the so-called “Silver family” of BSA awards, alongside the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service within a council and the Silver Antelope Award for distinguished service on the regional level.

The 2021 class was honored last week at the BSA’s annual meeting, held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the ceremony below, then read on for more details about this year’s honorees.

2021 Silver Buffalo Award recipients, at a glance

Please join me in congratulating each of these outstanding volunteers for a job well done.

Scott R. Berger, Patriots Path Council (Guttenberg, N.J.)*

Scott R. Christensen, Theodore Roosevelt Council (Manhasset, N.Y.)*

Reid A. Christopherson, Sioux Council (Garretson, S.D.)*

Joe R. Crafton Jr., Circle Ten Council (Dallas)*

Gary E. Crum, Longs Peak Council (Laramie, Wyo.)*

Thomas C. Edwards, Golden Gate Area Council (Lafayette, Calif.)

Jennifer Hancock, Nevada Area Council (South Lake Tahoe, Calif.)

Charles D. Holmes, Circle Ten Council (Garland, Texas)*

Dabney Kennedy, Sam Houston Area Council (Houston)*

Jeffrey J. Kosik, Central Florida Council (Clermont, Fla.)*

Brother Kevin Dismas Moshier fsp, Orange County Council (Oceanside, Calif.)*

Norbert Anthony Steinhardt III, Crossroads of America Council (Indianapolis)*

Thomas Richard Yarboro, Tuscarora Council Council (Goldsboro, N.C.)

The * indicates the recipient is an Eagle Scout.

2021 Silver Buffalo Award recipients, in depth

Scott R. Berger

Guttenberg, New Jersey

As chair of the National Scouts BSA Committee from 2018-2021, Scott Berger moved the program forward in many ways — namely, by helping to welcome young women. A registered member of the BSA since he was 8 years old, Berger is a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow and earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

As an adult volunteer, he was awarded the Silver Antelope Award, Distinguished Commissioner Award, Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and Silver Beaver Award. Berger has served on the National Operations Committee, the Program Development Committee and the Youth Protection Committee. He led the team that developed the Cyber Chip award and currently helps lead the BSA’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, with the goal of recruiting new parents “who would have never considered Scouting for their family in the past.”

Berger served as a member of the 24th World Jamboree program staff and worked at multiple National Scout Jamborees, including serving as team leader of Exhibits and Displays in 2017, team leader of new merit badge activities in 2013 and arena show talent coordinator in 2010.

As an associate director at ViacomCBS, Berger helps run the CBS Evening News, the network’s flagship evening news program. His team was responsible for a 7-part series that earned a 2015 Emmy Award for Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast. The series told the story of the National Guard’s Youth Challenge Program, which aims to give at-risk youth the skills needed to succeed as adults.

Berger is also a leader in the entertainment industry, serving on the Board of Directors of the Directors Guild of America, which represents the interests of film and television directors. Berger says his favorite pastime is taking scenic walks with his wife, Maura. The couple has one daughter, one Eagle Scout son and one grandson.

Scott R. Christensen

Manhasset, New York

Scott Christensen has volunteered for more than two decades at the council, area, regional and national levels of Scouting. But it’s the eight years he served as Scoutmaster that he’s most proud of. During his tenure, 13 youth from Troop 71 in Plandome, N.Y., became Eagle Scouts, including his son, Peter.

Christensen was awarded the District Award of Merit, Silver Beaver Award, Silver Antelope Award, Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and the Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor. He has served on the BSA’s national Executive Board and the national Finance Committee. As president of the Northeast Region, Christensen provided sound and reassuring leadership to nearly 400,000 Scouts in the Northeast and Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Transatlantic Council.

Christensen has also volunteered at multiple Jamborees, including leadership positions in base camp and subcamp support operations. During the 24th World Scout Jamboree, he served as Foxtrot subcamp chief. All the while, he continued to serve on the Theodore Roosevelt Council Executive Board.

After spending 25 years in finance, banking and real estate, Christensen moved into the non-profit sector in 1994. As the president and CEO of The Glaucoma Foundation and the president of the World Glaucoma Patient Association, Christensen became a nationally recognized figure in increasing awareness of glaucoma, an eye condition that is the second-leading cause of blindness and affects more than 70 million people worldwide.

Christensen has presented on this subject to audiences in Singapore, Hong Kong, Vienna and South Korea. He has also served in senior positions in management, development and fundraising with New York Medical College, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and his alma mater, Colgate University.

Christensen credits his love of Scouting to his father, Eagle Scout S. Robert Christensen. Christensen and his wife, Pam, have two children and four grandchildren.

Reid A. Christopherson

Garretson, South Dakota

The World Jamboree and National Scout Jamboree are massive events, and neither could happen without the dedication and hard work of volunteers like Reid Christopherson. The Eagle Scout and retired Air Force lieutenant colonel has staffed three World Jamborees and seven National Jamborees. For the 2005, 2010 and 2013 National Jamborees, Christopherson served as subcamp chief and was responsible for 2,000 Scouts, adult leaders and staff. In 2017, he served as basecamp chief for the National Scout Jamboree. Christopherson is currently preparing to serve as logistics chairman for the next National Scout Jamboree.

Christopherson has also served on the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s National Executive Committee, Global Churchwide Council, Joint Leadership Table and Planning and Evaluation Committee, where his servant leadership has made a lasting impact on millions of Lutherans across the globe. He also served as the liaison for the ELCA to the National Lutheran Association on Scouting.

Christopherson spent more than 39 years as a member of the U.S. Air Force and the South Dakota Air National Guard, including serving as Deputy Director of Public Affairs for the Air Force Central Command in Southwest Asia. He also served as National Guard Bureau’s Chief of Public Affairs in New Orleans for the organization’s response to Hurricane Katrina.

Christopherson has held volunteer leadership positions at the unit, district, council, area, regional and national levels. He says his proudest achievement in Scouting came when he was 15 and he used his Scouting skills to save a close friend during a near-drowning incident on a canoe trip.

Christopherson currently serves as executive director of the South Dakota Wheat Commission, an organization dedicated to stabilizing and improving the South Dakota wheat industry through research, market development and education. He and his wife, Ruth, have two children and one grandchild.

Joe R. Crafton Jr.

Dallas, Texas

Conservation has been part of the BSA from the very beginning, and few volunteers have done more to pass along those values to each new generation of youth than Joe Crafton Jr. Crafton created the Joe Crafton Sportsman’s Complex at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, where Scouts learn about gun safety, marksmanship and the importance of wildlife conservation. The complex and shotgun range is dedicated to the memory of Crafton’s late father, Joe R. Crafton Sr.

In addition to serving as president of the Circle Ten Council and as the BSA’s national vice president, Crafton served on the BSA National Executive Committee and was Vice President of BSA’s Supply division. He continues to serve on the BSA National Executive Board and the BSA Office of Development. He attended the 2007 and 2015 World Jamborees as a member of the U.S. contingent’s management team and was a Scoutmaster at the 2010 National Jamboree.

Crafton founded two wildlife conservation groups that have donated more than $18 million to wildlife research and education. He currently serves as president of the Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation, a nonprofit focused on understanding and managing the bobwhite and scaled quail populations in West Texas.

He also serves as vice president of Texan By Nature, a nonprofit founded by Laura Bush to unite conservation and business leaders who believe their state’s prosperity is dependent on the conservation of our natural resources.

Crafton retired as chief executive officer of CROSSMARK Inc. in 2014. During his 26-year career, the company grew from a regional food broker with 110 employees to an international sales and marketing services company with more than 40,000 associates across five different countries. For 10 years, Crafton served as assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 70 in Dallas. Crafton has earned his Wood Badge and served on Wood Badge staff. He has three Eagle Scout sons and lives in Dallas with his wife, Amy.

Gary E. Crum

Laramie, Wyoming

As president of the Western Region, Gary Crum was tasked with preparing councils to be successful after the departure of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a Scouting sponsor. Putting the motto Be Prepared into action, Crum tirelessly visited councils to promote the recruitment of non-LDS youth and leaders. He also worked with other charter partners, most notably the United Methodist Church, in search for greater support for new Scouting units. Crum was instrumental in the merger of three Utah councils and two Idaho councils, and currently leads the team that will determine the best structure for councils in Wyoming.

Crum has volunteered at several Scout Jamborees, including serving as subcamp chief at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree and basecamp chief at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree. At the 2019 World Scout Jamboree, he stepped in as camp chief for Base Camp Bravo and had just nine months to recruit more than 90 volunteers. Within a matter of weeks, he had a full staff.

Crum played college football at the University of Wyoming, where he was all-conference and team captain, before an NFL stint with the Miami Dolphins. He won a national championship in what was then called Division I-AA as offensive line coach at Montana State University before embarking on a 20-year career as a college football referee. He also served for 15 years as an official at local high school football and basketball games.

In his home state of Wyoming, Crum served on the state Board of Education and the Banking Board of the Governor’s Economic Council. Crum, the Scoutmaster of Troop 136 in Laramie, is currently president and CEO of Western States Bank. He and his wife, Lois, have four children. One son, Frank, is an Eagle Scout, and another, Evan, is on his way.

Thomas C. Edwards

Lafayette, California

For Tom Edwards, it was seeing his son work his way up the ranks of Scouting to eventually earn the rank of Eagle that inspired him to become a Scouting volunteer. Within a few years, he had joined his council’s executive board and eventually became council president. Edwards made a significant mark when he was appointed to the BSA Foundation, the part of the organization dedicated to increasing endowments and fundraising. In two years as chair of the Foundation’s Western Region Century Society, Edwards added 131 members while increasing donations by $55 million. The next step was chair of the National Second Century Society, where he added 338 new members and $84 million in donations to Scouting.

As chair of the BSA National Foundation, Edwards was involved in the launch and implementation of the nationwide fundraising campaign known as “Growing Future Leaders,” an effort that has raised more than $211 million so far, $7 million of which has gone to the development of the STEM Scouts and related programs, and $50 million of which has been raised for local council capital projects to help improve camping and leadership training facilities.

Separate from his efforts with the Foundation, Edwards was instrumental in providing scholarships for more than 100 at-risk youth to participate in the first VenturingFest, the gathering of Venturers from across the country. For most of the youth who attended on scholarship, it was their first-ever outdoor adventure.

Outside of Scouting, Edwards has served as the chairman of the foundation of the California State University Maritime Academy, growing its endowment by more than $9 million. He and his wife, Libby, created and endowed the Edwards Leadership Development Program in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership. It is the primary leadership program for the Corps of Cadets at the university. Tom and Libby have two children and four grandchildren.

Jennifer Hancock

South Lake Tahoe, California

Jennifer Hancock has devoted much of her life to being a servant leader and youth advocate on both the national and international stages. Though Hancock has served Scouting in many positions, it’s her impact on Venturing that stands out. Hancock served as National Venturing Chair before taking on her current role as chair of the Program Development Committee. During her tenure, she has led the wholesale restructuring and reinvigoration of the Venturing program. Most notably, she was the chair of VenturingFest at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.

At the council level, Hancock has served as commissioner and vice president of membership, while also serving on the executive board of two different councils. At the national level, she has served on the International Committee, the Program Development Committee, the Enterprise and Risk Management Committee and currently as chair of the Program Development Committee. She also serves as a member of the National Executive Board and a member of the National Operations Leadership Committee. In her current role, her broad knowledge of the BSA programs allows her to provide leadership to several different program sub-committees.

Hancock graduated from McMurry University and has done lots of Scouting work at the international level. She says her proudest moment in Scouting was when she served as the senior aide-de-camp to the BSA national commissioner at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree.

Hancock is an attorney with an emphasis on child advocacy, human rights and property law. She and her husband, Dr. Joseph E. Hancock, have six children and are active not only with the BSA but also with several medical and charity organizations in their community and internationally.

Charles D. Holmes

Garland, Texas

For more than three decades, Charles Holmes has played major roles in the planning and execution of eight World Scout Jamborees and seven National Scout Jamborees. After serving as assistant Scoutmaster for the U.S. contingent at the 1988 and 1995 World Jamborees, Holmes served as Scoutmaster in 1999 and 2002. He then served as Southern Region Commissioner in 2007, Southern Region Contingent Chairman/Co-chairman in 2011 and 2015 and Chief of Logistics and Supply for Medical Service in 2019. He also served as the Circle Ten Council National Jamboree Chairman for the 1997, 2001, 2005 and 2010 National Scout Jamborees. Also in 2010, he served as Deputy Southern Region Camp Chief, and in 2013 he was the Southern Region Base Camp Chief.

In 2019, Holmes led a team as the Medical Services Chief of Logistics and Supply at the World Jamboree and is planning to do so again at the next National Scout Jamboree. Overall, he has attended 20 National and World Jamborees in some capacity.

Holmes served as a volunteer at the BSA’s Philanthropy Shooting Sports Classic in 2014, 2015 and 2016. In 2017, he was the lead volunteer for the BSA’s Philanthropy division. He’s been a member of the Southern Region Executive Board since 2007 and has been chairman of the Southern Region Trust Fund Committee since 2016. He’s also served as a Wood Badge course director and as a Scoutmaster, assistant Scoutmaster and treasurer. He was awarded the Silver Antelope in 2007 and says he’s most proud of “having the opportunity to provide safe, life-expanding experiences for youth. … Having their parents ask me, ‘What did you do with my child? They seem so grown up.’ ”

In 1996, Holmes was a founding officer of Seventy Inc., a foundation that has provided Scouts with troop trailers and tents, as well as scholarships to summer camp, high-adventure bases and Jamborees. Holmes has retired from his position as executive vice president and trust officer for T Bank. He and his wife of 45 years, Deborah, have two sons, both Eagle Scouts, and four grandchildren.

Dabney Kennedy

Houston, Texas

Dabney Kennedy has served 15 years as a member of both the National Cub Scout and National Exploring committees, and 50 as a member of the National Order of the Arrow Committee. Dabney has been recognized with the Vigil Honor, OA Distinguished Service, OA Lifetime Achievement and the Centurion awards. He served 14 years as the Order of the Arrow Chair of Program and National Events. Dabney is the visionary behind the modern National Scout Jamboree Youth Services and Service Corps programs. He served as planning committee chair, planning committee member and staff director for six National Jamboree Youth Services Staffs and Service Corps programs. Dabney is an organizing member of the Goodman Society and a Legacy Fellow tasked with the preservation of the history of the Order of the Arrow.

His vision began with the recruitment of youth leaders and staff to create Scouting museums. He was one of the first volunteers to organize a display of large collections of Scouting history at Scouting events, starting with his own extensive collection of historic materials. He trained youth to record interviews with important Scouters for preservation. His efforts were a precursor to the 2019 National Scouting Historian Summit at Philmont Scout Ranch.

Dabney has dedicated much of his time working to reduce the threat of flooding in and around his home city of Houston. He has served as an officer for the Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy for over 20 years and helped lead a partnership with the Harris County Flood Control District that led to the development of a 290-acre park that provides flood control and contributes to soil and wetlands conservation. The City of Houston has recognized his efforts with the naming of the area as the Kennedy Scout Pavilion.

Dabney Kennedy is retired from his position as regional manager at Dow Chemical. He and his wife, Peggy, have two Eagle Scout sons and five grandchildren.

Jeffrey J. Kosik

Clermont, Florida

Garden Ground Mountain, on the property of what would eventually become the Summit Bechtel Reserve, used to be a treeless, mined-out, snake-infested place, with roads overgrown with vegetation leading to a featureless summit. That was before Jeff Kosik and his team got involved. Kosik helped develop a plan for an actual program area on the top of the mountain that would later have its name changed to Mount Jack. Kosik led a team of volunteers that worked with Summit staff and contractors to make it happen.

After years of careful and deliberate preparation and nonstop communication with planners of the Summit and the National Scout Jamboree, the site became home to the Jamboree Trek, a full-day experience where Jamboree participants hike from their campsites to the top of the mountain for a day of programming they can’t get anywhere else at the Jamboree. With eight program areas spread across more than a mile of mountaintop land, the Mount Jack programs became some of the largest and best attended features at the National Scout Jamboree.

Kosik’s volunteerism doesn’t end with Scouting. He and his wife, Suzanne, founded the nonprofit Mission Myanmar, dedicated to building orphanages and sponsoring orphan children in Myanmar. The organization has started five orphanages that house 110 children.

Jeff’s degree in Environmental Engineering and his job as Manager of Environmental Compliance at The Walt Disney Company led to his appointment by the Governor of Florida to the Florida Department of Health Advisory Review Board, of which he’s been the Chairman since 2009. He’s also served on two committees for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he helped draft the Model Aquatic Health Code, an all-inclusive model designed to increase the safety of public swimming pools and spas across the country.

Jeff says Scouting “has defined who I am today.” He and Suzanne have two Eagle Scout sons.

Brother Kevin Dismas Moshier fsp

Oceanside, California

Br Kevin Moshier has served youth as a Scouting volunteer for more than 47 years at all levels of Scouting. He served for five years as the Western Region’s Order of the Arrow Training Chair, delivering training seminars to hundreds of youth. He also served for five years as Chair for National Camp Schools, where he helped ensure quality programs at BSA camps across the Western Region.

As a youth, Moshier earned his Arrow of Light, Ad Altare Dei, Pope Pius XII, Eagle Scout and Explorer Achievement awards. He was later awarded with the District Award of Merit, St. George, Explorer Spurgeon, James E. West Fellow, National Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service, Scoutmaster and Venturing Advisor and Silver Beaver and Antelope awards.

He has served as Webelos Den Leader, Scoutmaster (he mentored 42 Scouts to the rank of Eagle), Explorer Post Advisor, Venturing Crew Advisor, Assistant Council Commissioner and OA W4C Section Advisor. In 2005, he served as Logistics Chief for the ArrowCorps5 service project at Shasta-Trinity National Forest, and later he also served as Deputy Chief for the 2011 Summit Corps service project in Beckley, W.Va.

When Mosher’s loving wife, Catherine, succumbed to cancer in 2007, Br Kevin Moshier felt a call from God to become a religious friar. He was received first into the Capuchin Franciscans (OFM/Cap) in Philadelphia and then as a Friar of the Sick Poor (fsp) of Los Angeles. He has served youth at several detention centers, counseled at-risk youth and gang members, become a certified Grief Recovery Counselor and ministered to critically ill and terminal patients.

A retired Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, Br Kevin Moshier provided support to both active duty and retired men and women who suffer from PTSD with related mental health issues. He makes daily rounds to deliver food and water to the homeless and those with behavioral health issues, earning him the nickname “Triple B” for brother, burrito, bottle of water.

He and his late wife, Catherine, have three children, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Norbert Anthony Steinhardt III

Indianapolis, Indiana

Tony Steinhardt first served Scouting as a youth leader in his troop, then as his council’s OA Lodge Chief, before being elected Order of the Arrow National Vice Chief. He received the OA’s Distinguished Service Award and, 30 years later, has not slowed down. He has served the Crossroads of America Council as a board member for more than 15 years, and as vice president of membership saw growth in back-to-back years. Steinhardt is currently the vice president of properties.

In 2009, he began serving as a Vice Chairman of the National OA Committee. Steinhardt coordinated the OA Centennial Campaign’s fundraising efforts to complete an ambitious slate of centennial-related projects. The committee successfully exceeded its goal of $1 million. The Centennial Campaign included updating the OA exhibit at the National Scouting Museum at Philmont Scout Ranch.

Under his leadership, the OA Endowment grew from less than $4 million to more than $8.5 million, the funds from which go to support special OA programs.

One of the most ambitious projects Steinhardt led was relocating the Treasure Island ceremonial grounds, where the OA had been founded 100 years earlier. Steinhardt’s team spent five years planning and designing the Summit Circle at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. The original stone fixtures from Treasure Island were excavated, transported by helicopter and reassembled.

Steinhardt has served with numerous community organizations, including Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, where, as a 20-year board member and 6-year stint as chairman, he oversaw its most transformative expansion and helped develop a program to plant 100,000 trees and execute the world’s largest volunteer day of service.

He has served on the National Board and is a Fellow of the Society of Marketing Professional Services. He is currently a senior partner and vice president at RATIO Design Associates. He and his wife, Hilary, have one daughter and one son, who is also an Eagle Scout.

Thomas Richard Yarboro

Goldsboro, North Carolina

Tom Yarboro’s background and knowledge of multiple businesses, processes and practices have been invaluable at every level he has served at the BSA. Yarboro has served as president at the council, area and regional levels, and on the Executive Committee and Board at the national level. He is currently chair of the Membership and Relationships committee. At each stop, he brought with him thoughtfulness, reasoned judgment, business acumen and respect for his fellow volunteers.

Yarboro has excelled in Scouting ever since he earned his Arrow of Light and, later, served as president of his Explorer Post. He received the District Award of Merit, God and Service Award, International Scouter Award, Distinguished Citizen Award and Silver Antelope Award.

Yarboro is proud that Scouting is now “fully able to provide the gifts of Scouting to the whole family. … Scouting is needed today more than ever.”

Along with his service to the BSA, Yarboro has selflessly served the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, from board member and local club president to National Trustee, as well as 3 years as National Council president. As president, he represented the interests of 30,000 local board members serving 4,100 independently owned and operated clubs across the country and on military installations around the world, all of which combine to serve more than 4.2 million youth and their families. In 2010, Yarboro was recognized by the White House with the President’s Call to Service Gold Volunteer Service Award, presented on behalf of Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

Yarboro is a lifelong conservationist and avid outdoorsman, particularly enjoying hiking, hunting and fishing. He is the Chief Risk Officer for the Goldsboro Milling Company family of companies and also Chairman of the Board of global food and agriculture supply chain enterprise Ag Provision LLC. He and his wife, Betty, have four children.

The Bronze Wolf Award

In addition to the Silver Buffalo, two Scouters were recognized for earning the Bronze Wolf Award, presented by the World Scout Committee to recognize outstanding service by an individual to the World Scout Movement.

Scott Sorrels

Alpharetta, Georgia

In his 55 years as a Scouter, Scott Sorrels has served in many leadership positions at the national, regional and world levels. At the regional and national levels, Scott’s roles have significantly expanded the awareness and participation of Scouts BSA in international events, such as the Moot, regional conferences and World Scout Jamborees. He also played a key role as jamboree chairman at the most recent 24th World Scout Jamboree, held in West Virginia.

Scott’s Scouting experiences include leadership in developing, editing and helping drive the execution of the World Organization of the Scout Movement’s Safe from Harm Policy. He also worked with Canadian and Mexican Scout leaders in ensuring the success of the 24th World Scout Jamboree and worked hand in hand with the global operations team. He has received top-level honors, including being named a Baden Powell Fellow and a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow.

In everything he does, Scott always looks for long-term benefits and solutions and he is rooted in his strong passion for youth development. His leadership and legacy in Scouting is truly one that reflects the spirit and values of the movement.

Rabbi Peter Hyman

Easton, Maryland

Ordained in 1980, Rabbi Peter Hyman has made a unique contribution to Scouting by combining his knowledge as a religious leader with his strong support for interfaith dialogue to encourage inclusion, mutual understanding and spiritual development among young people.

Rabbi Peter has served in various Scouting leadership positions since 1983, including long-standing roles as the Boy Scouts of America’s national Jewish chaplain and National Jamboree chaplain. He is a proud member of the BSA’s International Committee and served as the chairperson of the Messengers of Peace Committee of the BSA. Most recently, Rabbi Peter served as chair of the Faith and Beliefs Zone at the 2019 Jamboree in West Virginia

The Silver World Award

Two Scouters were presented with the Silver World Award for noteworthy and extraordinary service to youth on an international basis.

Omar Lugo Aquirre

Mexico City, Mexico

Aquirre has a strong dedication to Asociacion de Scouts de Mexico, where he has served in many different capacities at the regional and national levels, including chairperson of the national board. He has also served as vice president of the Interamerican Scout Committee. Most recently, he served as co-chair of the 24thWorld Scout Jamboree. Aquirre serves as Access & Operations Head and Country Lead for Mexico & Latin America at UCB Inc.

Michael D. Scott

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Scott considers Scouting one of the passions of his life. His association with Scouts Canada has lasted more than 40 years, beginning in Toronto when he was age 8. He has served as the national commissioner as well as international commissioner. He has also served as Scouts Canada’s first chief commissioner and chair of the board of governors. Most recently, he served as co-chair of the 24thWorld Scout Jamboree. Scott is the president and CEO of PBB Global Logistics Inc.


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Aaron Derr is the senior editor of Scout Life and Scouting magazines, and also a former Cubmaster and Scouts BSA volunteer.