Meet your 2024 Silver Buffalo, Silver Antelope classes

The Boy Scouts of America exists thanks to its volunteers. Everyone’s service helps transform the lives of this country’s youth, preparing them to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes.

To honor certain Scouters for their outstanding efforts, the BSA bestows what is known as the Silver Family of BSA awards. These include the council-level Silver Beaver, territory-level Silver Antelope and national-level Silver Buffalo.

Fourteen Scouters were recently named to join an illustrious list of Silver Buffalo recipients. Created in 1925, the Silver Buffalo is Scouting’s highest honor for adults. It comes with a red-and-white Silver Buffalo Award medal and a square knot for wear on the uniform. Past recipients have included BSA founders, U.S. presidents, astronauts, corporate executives and civic leaders.

The Silver Antelope, created in 1942, honors Scouters who have provided distinguished service within one of the BSA’s 16 territories. It comes with an orange-and-white knot to wear on the uniforms and an orange-and-white ribbon medal.

Both classes will be formally honored during the BSA’s national annual meeting (the Silver Antelope honorees on May 7 and the Silver Buffalo honorees on May 8) in Orlando, Fla.

This year’s Silver Buffalo class

  • Laurie Champion, Saline, Mich. (Michigan Crossroads Council)
  • Mark J. Chilutti, Philadelphia, Pa. (Cradle of Liberty Council)
  • Kandra Dickerson, Grimes, Iowa (Mid-Iowa Council)
  • Frederick Hillenbrand, Romney, W. Va. (Laurel Highlands Council)
  • Jason P. Hood, Memphis, Tenn. (Chickasaw Council)
  • David J. Kehrer, New Baden, Ill. (Michigan Crossroads Council)
  • James D. Libbin, Las Cruces, N.M. (Yucca Council)
  • Bernard W. Lockard Jr., Indiana, Pa. (Laurel Highlands Council)
  • Fred R. Norton Jr., Texarkana, Texas (Caddo Area Council)
  • Louis Paulson, Walnut Creek, Calif. (Golden Gate Area Council)
  • Michael R. Rooney, Tempe, Ariz. (Grand Canyon Council)
  • Sven J. Rundman III, Fredericksburg, Va. (National Capital Area Council)
  • Arnold F. Traupman, Bethlehem, Pa. (Minsi Trails Council)
  • Michael F. Weber, Grand Blanc, Mich. (Michigan Crossroads Council)

This year’s Silver Antelope class

Territory 1

William Mark Griffin, Kennewick, Wash. (Blue Mountain Council)

David H. Murphy, Meridian, Idaho (Mountain West Council)

Territory 2

Joseph R. Bouley, North Salt Lake, Utah (Crossroads of the West Council)

Mark Williams, Denver, Colo. (Greater Colorado Council)

Territory 3

Tracy Atherton, Carmichael, Calif. (Orange County Council)

Sang Lee, Porter Ranch, Calif. (Western Los Angeles County Council)

Territory 4

Steven E. Miller, Davenport, Iowa (Illowa Council)

Territory 5

Lisa Balbes, Kirkwood, Mo. (Greater St. Louis Area Council)

Kirk R. Boyer, Jefferson City, Mo. (Great Rivers Council)

Territory 6

John Dozier, Chicago, Ill. (Pathway to Adventure Council)

Spencer A. Long, Prospect Heights, Ill. (Pathway to Adventure Council)

Territory 7

William F. Maxwell, Sugar Land, Texas (Sam Houston Area Council)

Harvey M. Richert, Abilene, Texas (Texas Trails Council)

Territory 8

Ray C. Dillon, Little Rock, Ark. (Natural State Council)

Anthony Sitz, Conway, Ark. (Natural State Council)

Territory 9

David Berger, Farmington Hills, Mich. (Michigan Crossroads Council)

Mark Fleck, Huntingburg, Ind. (Buffalo Trace Council)

Territory 10

Felton L. Davis, Orchard Park, N.Y. (Western New York Council)

Mark R. Holtzman, Clifton Park, N.Y. (Twin Rivers Council)

Territory 11

Terry Bass, Princeton, Mass. (Heart of New England Council)

Charles Harris, Millbury, Mass. (Heart of New England Council)

Territory 12

David A. Carlson, Arlington, Va. (National Capital Area Council)

Alan J. Morrison, Rochester, Pa. (French Creek Council)

Territory 13

Charles Bolger, Ambler, Pa. (Cradle of Liberty Council)

Joseph P. Strigle, State College, Pa. (Juniata Valley Council)

Territory 14

Robert H. Bloodworth, Atlanta, Ga. (Atlanta Area Council)

Randall J. Hinckley, Griffin, Ga. (Flint River Council)

Territory 15

David P. Barksdale, Winston-Salem, N.C. (Old Hickory Council)

Stanley K. Haines, Sr., Columbia, S.C. (Indian Waters Council)

Territory 16

Amy Iennaco, Satellite Beach, Fla. (Central Florida Council)

Robert C. Swain, Gainesville, Fla. (North Florida Council)


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