Silver Buffalo Award

Silver Buffalo Award

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title = Distinguished Service Awards
award1 = Silver Antelope Award
award2 = Silver Beaver Award
award3 = Silver World Award
award4 = Distinguished Eagle Scout Award
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award2 = Buffalo Statue, donated to Gilwell Park by the Boy Scouts of America in 1926
The Silver Buffalo Award is the national-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. It is presented for noteworthy and extraordinary service to youth on a national basis, either as part of or independent of the Scouting program. The award is made by the National Court of Honor and the recipient need not be a registered member of the BSA.


The award consists of a silver buffalo suspended from a red and white ribbon worn around the neck. Recipients may wear the corresponding square knot, with a white strand over a red strand, on the BSA uniform. [cite web |url= |title=Distinguished Service Awards |accessdate=2007-07-23 |author= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |format= |work= |publisher=Boy Scouts of America |pages= |language= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote= ]


The concept of the Silver Buffalo was based on the Silver Wolf award of the Boy Scout Association.cite book | last =Rowan | first =Edward L | authorlink = | coauthors = | year =2005 | title =To Do My Best: James E. West and the History of the Boy Scouts of America | publisher =Las Vegas International Scouting Museum | location = | id =ISBN 0-9746479-1-8 ] The buffalo pendant was designed by A. Phimister Proctor. A red-white-red ribbon bar was introduced in 1934 for informal uniform wear. In 1946, ribbon bars were replaced by the current knot insignia. [cite web |url= |title=Illustrated History of BSA Square Knot Evolution and Private Issues |accessdate=2007-08-02 |author= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |format= |work=SageVenture |publisher= |pages= |language= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote= ]

During the first presentation in 1926, twenty-two awards were presented in a particular order determined by Chief Scout Executive James E. West. Since then, the awards have been presented on an annual basis in alphabetical order.

The first Silver Buffalo Award was conferred upon Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Scouting movement and "Chief Scout of the World". [Citation | last = | first = | author-link = | last2 = | first2 = | author2-link = | title =Silver Buffalo | periodical=Time | pages = | publication-date= May 10, 1926 | url =,9171,729190,00.html | accessdate =2007-07-23] The second went to the Unknown Scout who inspired William D. Boyce to form the BSA— the only non-adult recipient. This award is represented by a small buffalo statue in Gilwell Park.

For fifty years the Silver Buffalo was awarded only to men until LaVern W. Parmley became the first woman to receive the honor in 1976. As of 2008, 674 people have been presented the award, including 13 presidents of the United States.cite web | last = | first = | authorlink = | coauthors = | year = | url =| title =Distinguished Service Awards: The Silver Buffalo Award | format = html| work =Fact sheet | publisher =Boy Scouts of America| accessdate =2007-01-28]

ee also

*List of recipients of the Silver Buffalo Award


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