Silver Beaver 2023 Call for Nominations


Silver Beaver Nominations for the Class of 2023

Now Being Accepted


Once again, it’s time to recognize exceptional contributions by Suffolk County Council’s volunteers on the Council level. Every one of us knows someone who has made a noteworthy impact on the lives of youth through service given to Suffolk County Council and our communities on the Council level. The recognition of these Scouting volunteers depends on you.

The Silver Beaver is the highest award that a BSA council can present in recognition of a scouter’s exceptional service to Scouting on the Council level, and to the community. The National Council established the Silver Beaver Award in 1931 to recognize those who have provided distinguished service to Scouting, youth outside of Scouting, and the community. Since then, over 50,000 scouters have been recognized nationally. Each local council is authorized by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America to confer the Silver Beaver Award on those individuals who have made an exceptional and noteworthy impact on Scouting on the Council level and the community.

While there are already recognitions that are made of worthy Scouters on the Unit and District levels, the Silver Beaver recognition is made to worthy Scouters, based on the work that has been done on the Council level.

The Silver Beaver is where their efforts can be recognized and honored. There are many Suffolk County Council volunteers that have been recognized and honored with the Silver Beaver Award based on their positive contributions on the Council level. And there are many who are worthy of nomination. Recipients of the 2023 Silver Beaver Award will be honored at the Suffolk County Council Annual Fellowship Dinner on March 23, 2023 at the Baiting Hollow Scout Camp – or another venue or occasion, subject to change.

The youth of Suffolk County are blessed with many noteworthy volunteers. In nominating a Scouter for the Silver Beaver, nomination information that is as complete as possible helps in determining who will receive this honor. The Silver Beaver Award recognizes Scouters who have provided exceptional service at the Council level. Community Service, serving youth outside of Scouting, Scouter training, and significant and noteworthy contributions are also selection criteria. Please start thinking and take the time to nominate those who have been exceptional in giving of their time and effort to our Suffolk County Council, as well as youth outside our Council.

Submitted nominations must be received on the official Suffolk County Council Nomination form only, as posted on the Council Website, by Wednesday, January 4, 2023 by 5:00pm – no exceptions or extensions – by mail, email, or personally delivering to arrive to: Mark Businski, Silver Beaver Committee Co-Chair, 118 Widgeon Court, P.O. Box 926, Great River, NY 11739-0926, All submitters will receive an email acknowledgement of nominations received.

Nomination forms are available on the Suffolk County Council website, which will be the only form and format accepted for consideration at:

Questions? Please contact: Mark Businski, Silver Beaver Co-Chairman at: or Don Ghee, Silver Beaver Co-Chairman at

Questions within the Districts may be directed to our Suffolk County Council 2023 Silver Beaver Committee Members:

2023 Silver Beaver Committee Members


District Representatives





Benjamin Tallmadge
















Council Representative &









File Name Description
2023 Silver Beaver Nomination Download
Master Past Honoree List through 2022 Download