scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Silver Beaver Twice???
MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle (blackeagle@POP3.SCOUTER.NET
Fri Feb 11 2000 - 23:17:46 CST
Steve White wrote and asked:
>Can an individual earn the Silver Beaver twice?...... since it is a Council
>award, if a person switches councils..can it be awarded again?
The Silver Beaver is a National award awarded through local Councils. The
Award HAS been presented twice, according to some volunteers whom have
received the award twice. It is not earned but presented based upon the
recommendation of a local Council's Silver Beaver Committee (and based upon
recommendations from volunteer Scouters.)
The Silver Beaver is for "noteworthy service to youth within a territory
served by a local Council of the Boy Scouts of America". A provision of the
BSA's Rules and Regulations permit the awarding of the Silver Beaver Award
to individuals residing outside the United States whom are registered
members of the BSA's Direct Service Council or its predecessor (the
International Division) for "noteworthy service to youth."
Since 1989 however, the Silver Beaver Award has never been presented twice
to the same volunteer Scouter.
(The Silver Antelope Award is for noteworthy service to youth by a Scouter
residing in one of the four Regions of the Boy Scouts of America; the Silver
Buffalo Award is for noteworthy service to youth on a national level by a
volunteer Scouter; there is also the Silver World Award which is presented
for national or international service to youth by individuals whom are not
presently registered members of the Boy Scouts of America. All of these
awards less the Silver World, along with heroism and meritorious service
awards, the Eagle Scout, Quartermaster and now Silver and Ranger Awards, are
all confirmed through the National Court of Honor of the Boy Scouts of
America...and they are recognized as permanent holders of those awards. The
Silver World Award is administered and managed by the Office of the Chief
The problem was that prior to 1989, the National Court of Honor, whom must
approve all Silver Beaver Awards, did not keep a careful track of who
received the award. Starting with 1989, part of the process includes a
matching between the name recommended with all previous holders of the
Silver Beaver Award by the National Court of Honor.
This potential problem of a volunteer receiving the Silver Beaver Award
twice has lead to the expansion of other awards for volunteer service at the
local Council level.
Now, with all of that in mind, there are at least two essential questions:
*Does the person *merit* a second Silver Beaver Award -- and if so, why?
The Silver Beaver Award is presented for service to youth within the
territory of the local Council which presents the award. So, for instance,
if a Scouter received a Silver Beaver Award for his service to youth in,
say, the Transatlantic Council, what additional accomphishments for youth
did he or she perform which would be equal to or exceed what he or she was
recommended for from the Transatlantic Council?
If you have a Scouter in this situation, asking the Council Scout Executive
from the previous Council to provide you with a copy of the recommendation
and nomination form would be the best way to go. In this way, you can see
what accomphishments the individual has done to merit the first award and
compare it to the current recommendation.
Remember, the Silver Beaver is NOT just awarded to someone whom has "been
around the Council and has done a few things for the Council." It is a
service award for contributions to YOUTH PROGRAMS; therefore, if the person
has provided quality and long-term service to a church group, or to
community organizations in addition to his or her Scouting experiences and
positions, then that is "service to youth."
*Is there any other service award that the individual can receive for his or
her service to the Council INSTEAD of the Silver Beaver Award??
Many of the BSA's national service awards are rarely awarded, not because
nobody knows about them (well, maybe a little) but rather because nobody
recommends anyone for them. They are just as meaningful as the Silver Beaver.
If the Scouter in question is a Union Scouter, then consideration should be
made for recommending that the Meany Labor Award be awarded.
If the Scouter in question has done a lot of service in his Scouting role in
rural or urban Scouting areas of your Council, then the Young Service Award
could be recommended.
Or if the Scouter has done the majority of his or her service as a
Commissioner, there's the Distinguished Commissioner Award. Technically,
this award can be presented to a Unit, District and Council Commissioner in
five-year increments (just thought about that!)
Sometimes, the Scouter may not have received a District Award of Merit and
instead of another Silver Beaver, he or she could be awarded the District
Award of Merit instead by recommendation of the District or Division he or
she is a member of.
And sometimes, a Scouter does amazing work no matter where he or she goes
and no matter where that Council is within that Region. Those Scouters
merit the recommendation to the Region for a Silver Antelope Award instead
of a second Silver Beaver Award.
A careful review or recounting of which service award(s) the individual has
been presented with can help out in these cases.
*What about those few women who received the old Silver Fawn. Don't they
count as Silver Beaver Award holders??
Yep. Those holders of the Silver Fawn Award, which was awarded to women only
(to keep us from giving the Silver Beaver to females...stupid yeah, but that
was back then!) were offered either to keep their Silver Fawn (which most
did retain) or convert the award to the Silver Beaver (which a few did).
The square knot for both awards was the same, however, and when the National
Court of Honor updated their listing of national-level awards, those holders
were "credited" with the Silver Beaver Award anyway.
*Okay, Mike. We're exhausted all of those things. We don't want to present
him with another service award -- we want to present him or her with the
Again: Can he or she receive another Silver Beaver Award?
Not likely, and part of the review process of the BSA's National Court of
Honor is to screen and help insure that qualified Scouters receive one
Silver Beaver Award.
A strong enough recommendation, along with a strong recommendation from the
Council's Scout Executive, can turn that tide since the "mold has been
broken", so to speak.
Because the BSA officially says that Scouters receive one such award, there
are no devices or additional emblem which is placed on either the ribbon nor
the square knot emblem for the Silver Beaver to denote a second award.
Hope this completely answers your questions, Steve!!
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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