Silver Beaver

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Silver Beaver
Silver Beaver
Medallion and knot
Country United States of America
Created 1931
Founder Boy Scouts of America
Awarded for Distinguished service to young people within a BSA local council
Recipients 50,000+

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The Silver Beaver Award is the highest honor a local council of the Boy Scouts of America can bestow on a volunteer leader. Recipients of this award are individuals that have truly made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to a Boy Scout Council. The award was established in 1931, to date more than 50,000 recognitions have been awarded. As with the Silver Antelope, a recipient must be a registered adult member of the BSA. The award is bestowed at an appropriate local council function, and are presented on the basis of the number of units in a council.

The Award

The first Silver Beaver awards were issued on a blue/white/blue pocket ribbon but, due to the heavy weight of the medallion, it was switched over to a neck ribbon in mid-1932. Initially the Silver Beaver award was only presented to men, but in 1974 the requirement was changed to allow it to be presented to outstanding male or female Scouters.

The Silver Beaver is an award given to those who go quietly about their business implementing the Scouting program and performing community service through hard work, self sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service. It is given to those who do not actively seek it; being nominated for the award in itself is seen as one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a Scouter.

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