It’s time to nominate Scouters for Scouting’s top honors for volunteers

It is time to nominate deserving volunteers for the 2023 Silver Buffalo Award. This year’s recipients were announced here, along with the recipients of the Silver Antelope Award.

As Scouting’s highest volunteer commendation, the Silver Buffalo Award, created in 1925, has been bestowed to those who have given noteworthy and extraordinary service to youth. The service can be national or international, and may or may not be directly connected with the BSA.

For a list of previous Silver Buffalo awardees, see this page. The list includes U.S. presidents, lifelong volunteers and community leaders.

Nomination forms with no more than two recommendation letters must be submitted together electronically to the National Service Center at no later Aug. 31, 2022. The candidate should not be notified of this nomination.

When submitting the Silver Buffalo nomination form electronically, please include as much correct and relevant information about the nominee as possible. Incomplete nominations will not be considered. Be sure the nominee’s name is spelled correctly and highlight all contributions to youth inside and outside of Scouting.

Additional endorsement letters from specific areas may be included, provided they feature detailed explanations of the nominee’s contributions.

The nominations for the Silver Antelope aren’t due until Nov. 30. The award, created in 1942, is a National Service Territory level honor. Nominations can be sent to the National Service Center at along with no more than two recommendation letters.


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Michael Freeman, an Eagle Scout, is an associate editor of Scout Life and Scouting magazines.