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Awards & Recognition

Scouts work hard to achieve their goals. And we recognize that dedication with a series of awards. And while the benefits of rewarding out Scouts is vast, these are the top three.


Awards show the value in setting and achieving individual goals, a fundamental lesson of Scouting. And this extends beyond the members of our troops: we celebrate the achievement of adult leaders as well. We all strive to be better and we all work as hard as we can. The validation of the time invested is a powerful tool.


A by-product of receiving an award is the motivation to set even higher goals as a way to continue to be awarded for achievements. Recognition amongst your peers is a powerful motivator for everyone, not just the award recipient. Scouts push themselves and each other equally.


Scouts are never complacent. That’s even more true when there is the motivation for ongoing recognition. Perhaps it’s learning how to take on a larger leadership role, mentoring a fellow Scout or developing a risk-taking mindset that allows Scouts to better serve their communities in times of crisis. It can even be as simple as identifying and overcoming blockers an adult leader routinely faces. Scouts never settle.

Special awards

for distinguished service

Silver Beaver Award

To recognize registered Scouters of exceptional character who have provided distinguished service within a council.

The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given at the council level.

Listed in the link below are the Silver Beaver recipients since the inception of the Montana Council in 1974. We are grateful for the contributions of these men and women and all the lives they have impacted.

Life Saving Award

Launched in 1911, this award recognizes those who showed unusual heroism and skill in saving a life.


This medal recognizes outstanding acts that reflect an uncommon degree of concern for others well being.


Named for National Zoo founder Dr. William T. Hornaday this medal honors conservation contributions.


Personalized flags gifted to Scouts recognizing an honor such as reaching Eagle Scout rank.


Awarded to the Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturer or adult leader who earns 100 or more below freezing points between Oct. 1 and May 30.


Two patches that recognize the development of a greater appreciation of different cultures or for participation in world activities.


Presented to those who exemplify the Venturing Code and Oath, presented by councils, areas, regions and national.

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