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Silver Beaver Award

Nominations are due at council By 5 p.m., March 1


The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a council‐level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council. To prevent embarrassment, the candidate should not be notified of this nomination.

The Silver Beaver Award is the highest honor a local council can bestow upon a registered adult leader. The award is intended to acknowledge noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth by registered Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity and Venturing leaders within the territory under the jurisdiction of the local Council.

The Silver Beaver Award is given to individuals who, through hard work, self sacrifice, dedication and many years of service, have evidenced exceptional service to the BSA, service of exceptional character to non-Scouting youth, and service or standing within their community.

The Silver Beaver Award consists of a certificate and a silver beaver pendant suspended from a blue and white ribbon worn around the neck. Recipients may wear the corresponding square knot, with a white strand over a blue strand, on the BSA uniform.

Silver Beaver Award Requirements:

  • Must have made significant service to the youth in the area serviced by the council – both in and out of Scouting and can include other youth organizations, church, schools, etc.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age and currently registered as a volunteer (Cub Scouter, Scouter, Varsity Scouter, and Venturing leaders).
  • Nominations MUST be made on the official Silver Beaver Nomination Form below in order to be considered.
  • Nominations may not be made posthumously.

The Silver Beaver Nomination form requires as much information as possible to be obtained on the nominee's Scouting activity and volunteer efforts in the community.  It is critical that ALL sections of the nomination form be completed.  Remember, the selection committee considering the nominee may or may not know the person and must judge them on how well you document their contributions to the community and the Scouting program.
When making a nomination, be sure to get all pertinent information from spouses, committee chairs and officials of organizations outside of Scouting outlining specific contributions the nominee made. Simple dates of service is not sufficient. Copying a nomination form and having multiple persons sign it will result in those additional forms being discarded. Nominations are kept for 3 years before they must be resubmitted.

Nominations are due to the Council Service Center no later than 5 p.m. March 1
By mail:           41 Saw Mill River Road  Hawthorne, N.Y. 10532
By email:
By fax:             (914) 773-1411

Nominations will ONLY be accepted on the printable form below.

Silver Beaver Nomination Form


Westchester-Putnam Council has a rich history of exemplary volunteer service deserving of the Silver Beaver Award. The following is a list of recipients beginning with Washington Irving and Hutchinson Rivers Councils up to 1973 and then Westchester-Putnam Council from 1975 to the present. We are grateful to all these recipients for their tireless efforts to bring and improve Scouting in our counties!

Silver Beaver Recipients



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