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San Francisco Bay Area Council Silver Buffalo Recipients 1964 - Present
Service to Youth
Arch Monson Jr. *
Oakland Council board member, President of the SFBAC 1964-1966, National President of the Boy Scouts of America 1971
Stephen D. Bechtel Jr.
Philanthropist, Friend to Scouting
* This individual is also a recipient of the Silver Beaver award
The Silver Buffalo award is the highest award that can be given by the National Boy
Scouts of America. This honor has been bestowed upon approximately 675 recipients
since the award was first established in 1926.
The first Silver Buffalo Award was conferred upon Robert Baden-Powell, founder of
the Scouting movement and Chief Scout of the World. The second went to the Unknown
Scout who inspired William D. Boyce to form the Boy Scouts of America and the third
to William D. Boyce himself. During the first presentation in 1926, twenty-two recipients
were presented the award in a specific order determined by Chief Scout Executive
James E. West. Since then, the awards have been presented on an annual basis in alphabetical
For fifty years the Silver Buffalo was awarded only to men until LaVern Parmley became
the first woman to receive the honor in 1976. The award consists of a silver buffalo
suspended from a red and white ribbon worn around the neck.
Since 1964, 2 members of the San Francisco Bay Area Council have been awarded the
Silver Buffalo. Below is the list of Council members that have received the award.