Scoutings Other Recognitions
Most people are familiar with the Eagle Scout Award. However Scouting has many other awards that are considered the 'highest honor'. The various Boy Scout programs (Sea Scouting, Exploring, Venturing and Air Scouting) have an 'equivalent' to the Eagle. Additional awards are given to adult scouters and non-scouters for other services or special recognition. Some of these awards are as follows:
Sea Scouting’s Quartermaster
The Quartermaster Award, which stands for excellence, goes to a Sea Scout who attains the highest rank in Sea Scouting.
Explorer’s Ranger Award
Almost 3,000 Ranger Awards were earned during its short life span. After about 1950 the Silver Award would take its place. Many years later the Ranger Award would be revived with scoutings new Venturing program in 1998.
Exploring’s Silver Awards
Exploring’s Silver Awards
The Type 1 (near right)
was issued from 1950-1953. It is a rare award and highly sought after. The redesigned Type 2 (far right)
was issued until 1965 and is prized both by their owners and collectors.
We do not currently have these awards available.
Air Exploring Ace Awards
Air Scouting’s Ace Awards
Air Scouting’s Air Ace (near right) and the Air Explorer Ace (far right) are both rare and prized medals.
The Hornaday Awards
For exceptional service to conservation. The Type 1 Hornaday gold medal (near right)
is extremely rare. Perhaps 8 are known to have been awarded. The more familiar Type 2 award (far right)
is very sought after by collectors as well. These awards are given for "Distinguished Service to Conservation" and very few scouts qualify for this award described as an "Olympic medal bestowed by the Earth." In recent years several Hornaday Award classifications have been created such as for Unit Awards and an adult gold medal for a minimum of 20 years service to conservation.
The Honor Medals
Awarded by the National Council to members of the Boy Scouts of America who save, or attempt to save life at risk to themselves. The award may be presented with the addition of Crossed Palms in instances of exceptional bravery or extreme risk to self. Shown from left to right, Types 1, 2 and 3.
Given to those at a local Council level for exceptional volunteer service to scouting. Worn around the neck with a blue and white ribbon. Several types exist. The first type was of silver beaver was not worn over the neck but suspended from a ribbon pinned to the uniform. Subsequent types became a neck ribbon.
We have a few currently available. Please inquire.
Given for extraordinary volunteer service at a Regional level. Worn around the neck with a yellow and white ribbon.
These awards occasionally become available. Please inquire.
The Boy Scouts of America highest national honor was created in 1925. The Silver Buffalo was first awarded to Scouting’s founder Robert Baden-Powell. It is bestowed upon those who give truly noteworthy and extraordinary service to youth. Membership in the BSA is not a criteria for presentation. US Presidents and others such as Neil Armstrong, Jim Lovell, Colin Powell, Walt Disney, Norman Rockwell, NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon and many others have been distinguished with this award. It is worn around the neck with a red and white ribbon.
We do not have any for sale at this time.
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