Silver Antelope Award

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Silver Antelope Award
Silver Antelope Award.png
Medal and knot
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Country United States
Created 1942
Awarded for recognizes outstanding service to youth within the territory of a BSA region
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The Silver Antelope Award is the regional-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America and recognizes outstanding service to young people within one of the four regions of the BSA. The award is made by the National Court of Honor and the recipient must be a registered adult member of the Boy Scouts of America.


The award consists of a silver antelope suspended from a white and orange ribbon worn around the neck. Recipients may wear the corresponding square knot, with a white strand over an orange strand, on the BSA uniform.[1]


The award was created in 1942 and first issued in 1943. An orange-white-orange ribbon bar was used for informal uniform wear until 1946, when ribbon bars were replaced by the current knot insignia.[2]

Using the United States Military as the model, silver awards are the highest awards in the BSA.[3][4]

From the first awards in 1943 through 2015, there have been exactly 2,899 recipients of the Silver Antelope.

Famous recipients include LDS Church President Ezra Taft Benson 1951, LDS Church President David O. McKay 1956, Gen. William C. Westmoreland, USA 1969, Washington Governor Daniel J. Evans 1970, LDS General Primary President and first female Silver Buffalo recipient Lavern W. Parmley 1975, 9th BSA National Commissioner Tico Perez 2001, Texas Governor Rick Perry 2002, BSA President Wayne Perry 2004, LDS Young Men President and 10th BSA National Commissioner Charles W. Dahlquist II 2006, and LDS Young Men President David L. Beck 2013.

As this is a regional BSA award, it is conceivably possible for a person to receive this award multiple times from different regions. However, this has never occurred.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Distinguished Service Awards". Boy Scouts of America. Retrieved July 23, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Illustrated History of BSA Square Knot Evolution and Private Issues" (PDF). SageVenture. Retrieved August 2, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Silver Outranks Gold". Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Ask the Expert: Why does silver outrank gold in Scouting awards?". Retrieved November 11, 2011.