Here’s how to nominate Scouters for Scouting’s top honors for volunteers

It is time to nominate deserving volunteers for the 2024 Silver Buffalo Award. This year’s recipients were honored at the BSA’s National Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Ga.

The Silver Buffalo Award is Scouting’s highest volunteer commendation. Created in 1925, it is bestowed on 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.

Previous Silver Buffalo awardees have included 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 awards@scouting.org no later than Aug. 31, 2023. 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.


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