Regional and National Awards
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. Learn more about the Silver Buffalo and see the list of recipients here.
The following individuals from the geographic area of our Council have been awarded the Silver Buffalo:
1926 - John Sherman Hoyt
1932 - Alfred W. Dater
Utilities Executive; First Chairman, Sea Scout Committee
1938 - William T. Hornaday
Zoologist and Conservationist; Pioneer; Scouter
Mining Engineer; Humanitarian; Friend to Scouting
1943 - Harry C. Knight
New Haven, Connecticut
Business Executive; Philanthropist; Scouter
1949 - Luther A. Weigle
New Haven, Connecticut
Educator; Dean; Bible Scholar; Pioneer Scouter
1980 - Sonia S. Maguire
Humanitarian; Benefactor of Scouting
1990 - Marian Anderson
Contralto; Concert Artist; Friend of Youth
The Silver Antelope Award, created in 1942, is granted for outstanding service to youth within the territory of a BSA region. The criteria are similar to those for the Silver Buffalo, with one major difference: A recipient must be a registered adult member of the Boy Scouts of America. The awards are presented in connection with regional meetings or at other public functions within the region. The National Court of Honor bestows Silver Antelope Awards on the basis of the number of registered volunteers in a region. A nomination form is available here.
The following individuals from our Council have been awarded the Silver Antelope:
William C. Kuryla, PhD
H. Elliott Netherton, Jr.
Robert T. Sadock, MD
The Silver World Award, conceived in 1971, is presented by the BSA to world citizens who give outstanding service to their nation's youth or to young people in other countries. Award recipients must be citizens of countries whose Scout associations are members of the World Scout Conference. United States citizens may receive the recognition only if they are not registered members of the Boy Scouts of America.