Tico Perez Receives Silver Buffalo Award
The Silver Buffalo Award, created in 1925, is bestowed upon those who give truly
noteworthy and extraordinary service to youth. This award, Scouting's highest
commendation, recognizes the invaluable contributions that outstanding American
men and women render to youth. The service must be national in character and
can be directly connected with the BSA or independent of the movement.
The first Silver Buffalo was given to Lord Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the
Scouting movement and Chief Scout of the World. Other award recipients have
included: Charles A. Lindbergh, Norman Rockwell, General Colin L. Powell, James
A. Lovell Jr., Walt Disney, Hank Aaron, Bob Hope, Marian Anderson, Vince
Lombardi, Carlos P. Romulo, Neil Armstrong, Dr. Ralph Bunche, Charles M.
Schultz, Marian Wright Edelman, and fourteen presidents of the United States.
This year Tico Perez, national Order of the Arrow committee member and chairman
of the Scoutreach mentoring task force, was awarded the Silver Buffalo Award.
Tico, an Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor member, and DSA Recipient, has extensive
Boy Scouts of America and Order of the Arrow experience from being Central
Flordia Council president to the Boy Scouts of America's Southern
Region President. He has served the BSA and the OA in all levels within the organization
to include council, area, regional, and national levels. Tico has also been
an inspiration to youth and supporting youth development programs outside the