May 23rd - Local Advocate Receives Scouting’s Highest Honor for Service

Local Advocate Receives Scouting’s Highest Honor for Service

Walter Brown to be honored for 50 years of volunteer service


San Diego, CAMay 23, 2008During his 50 years of service to Scouting, local special-needs advocate Walter “Buster” Brown III has made a significant impact on thousands of youth through his volunteer leadership in the Boy Scouts of America. For his service and commitment, the BSA National Council will honor Brown with the Silver Buffalo Award at its Annual Meeting in San Diego on May 23.

            The Silver Buffalo Award, Scouting’s highest commendation for service to youth, has been awarded annually since 1925 to civic-minded men and women who stand out for their invaluable contributions and service to the youth of America.

Since 1963, Brown has worked tirelessly to make Scouting more accessible to people with disabilities. Helping them to do the seemingly impossible, he has assisted special-needs groups in completing backcountry treks at Philmont Scout Ranch, a high adventure base in Cimarron, N.M.

Brown is a founding member of the National Special Needs Committee on Scouting and now serves on the Special Needs Task Force, which has updated all BSA publications relating to special needs. He also has served as an advocate at every national Scout jamboree and national Order of the Arrow conference since 1985.

“The Boy Scouts of America is proud to recognize Buster for a half–century of service and commitment to our youth, particularly those with special needs,” said Bob Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive. “He has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of thousands of young people, making it possible for them to share the life experiences that everyone should enjoy.”

Brown is a member of the Order of the Arrow and holds the Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope awards, the Woods Services Award, and the Saint George Award. Outside of Scouting, Buster has served on the boards of the United Way, the YMCA, and the UNC Educational Foundation. He served as a Sunday school teacher for his church, and he coached youth basketball teams for many years.

A retired financial consultant and resident of Elon, N.C., he has three children. With his wife, Jane, he shares 20 grandchildren.


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