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SILVER BEAVER
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Pictures and descriptions of the different variations of the Boy Scout Silver Beaver award medals - 1931 through current

Copyright 1999, 2000, 2001 by Mitchell E. Reis

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PLEASE NOTE: BASED ON ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, THE TYPE NUMBERING
HAS BEEN CHANGED WITH THE 11/02/99 VERSION OF THE DRAFT

TYPE-1 SILVER BEAVER ON POCKET RIBBON

 The Silver Beaver award was introduced in 1931 as a means of recognizing Scouters who provided distinguished service to youth on the local level. The award is made the National Council, upon the recommendation of the Local Council. The first Silver Beaver awards were issued on a blue / white / blue pocket ribbon. Due to the heavy weight of the medallion, it was switched over to a neck ribbon in mid 1932. Initially the Silver Beaver award was only presented to men. The requirement were changed in 1974 to allow it to be presented to outstanding male or female Scouters.

Over the years the award has gone through many design changes. This document is an attempt to classify them.

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Now is where you come in.

  • Do you own a Silver Beaver in which you can document the year it was issued?

  • Do you own a Silver Beaver that is not listed below?

If so, please e-mail me the information.

 

The measurements in this document
are from the tip of the beaver's nose
to the widest part of the back.

 

TYPE

 

DATE

DESCRIPTION

HALL MARKS

SB1

1931
thru
mid 1932

  • Large Fat Beaver
  • Detailed Bottom
  • Blue / White / Blue Pocket Ribbon with Silver Tenderfoot pin. Tenderfoot pin was specially made for this medal. It was attached by 2 clips that were inserted then bent back. (SEE PICTURE ABOVE)
  • Round connector ring
  • 35mm long beaver
  • Front feet point out

 NONE

SB2A

1932
1933
1939

  • Large Fat Beaver (same as type 1)
  • Detailed Bottom
  • Blue / White / Blue neck ribbon.
  • Ends of ribbon are sewn together
  • Triangular connector ring
  • 34-35mm long beaver
  • Front feet point out

    ---------------------------
    It is believed that some of the medals made by the M.A.Co. were just never stamped.

NONE

SB2B

1933
  • Large Fat Beaver
  • Detailed Bottom
  • Blue / White / Blue neck ribbon.
  • Ends of ribbon are sewn together
  • Triangular connector ring
  • 34mm long beaver
  • Front feet point out

Stamped

M.A.C.
NY STERLING

SB2C

 
  • Large Fat Beaver
  • Detailed Bottom
  • Blue / White / Blue neck ribbon.
  • Ends of ribbon are sewn together
  • Triangular connector ring
  • 34mm long beaver
  • Front feet point out

Stamped

M.A.Co. STERLING

SB2D

 
  • Large Fat Beaver
  • Detailed Bottom
  • Blue / White / Blue neck ribbon.
  • Ends of ribbon are sewn together
  • Triangular connector ring
  • 34mm long beaver
  • Front feet point in

    ---------------------------
    It is unknown if the feet pointing in was created by using a different mold or by accidentally squeezing them together during the manufacturing process

Stamped

M.A.Co. STERLING

SB3

1944
1947
1949
1951
1952
1956
1958
  • Large Fat Beaver
  • Bottom ground almost flat
  • Blue / White / Blue neck ribbon.
  • Ends of ribbon are sewn together
  • Triangular connector ring
  • Variations exist due to grinding differences
  • 31-32mm long beaver

 NONE

SB4A

1956
1963
  • Large Detailed Beaver
  • Blue / White / Blue neck ribbon.
  • Ends of ribbon are sewn together
  • Triangular 10mm - 20mm long connector ring
  • 34mm long beaver

NONE

 SB4B

1965
1966
  • Large Detailed Beaver
  • Blue / White / Blue neck ribbon.
  • Ends of ribbon are sewn together
  • Triangular 14mm long connector ring
  • 34mm long beaver

Stamped

STERLING

SB4C

1966
1969
1970
1973
  • Large Detailed Beaver
  • Blue / White / Blue neck ribbon.
  • Ends of ribbon are sewn together
  • Triangular 14mm long connector ring
  • 34mm long beaver

Stamped

rSTERLING

or STERLINGr

 

SB5

1975 (3)
1976 (2)
1980
  • Large Detailed Beaver
  • Blue / White / Blue neck ribbon.
  • Ends of ribbon have snap closure
  • 1 Round connector ring
  • Long etch marks on bottom
  • 33mm long beaver

Stamped in raised box

SB6A

1980
1984
  • Tiny Detailed Beaver
  • Blue / White / Blue neck ribbon.
  • Ends of ribbon have snap closure
  • 1 Round connector ring
  • 27-28mm long beaver

Stamped in raised box

SB6B

1981
1983 (3)
1985(2)
1988 (2)
  • Tiny Detailed Beaver
  • Blue / White / Blue neck ribbon.
  • Ends of ribbon have snap closure
  • 1 Round connector rings
  • 27-28mm long beaver

NONE

SB6C

1988
1990 (3)
1993
  • Tiny Detailed Beaver
  • Blue / White / Blue neck ribbon.
  • Ends of ribbon have snap closure
  • 2 Round connector rings
  • Variations in tail thickness exist
  • 27-28mm long beaver

 NONE

SB6D

 
  • Tiny Detailed Beaver
  • Blue / White / Blue neck ribbon.
  • Ends of ribbon have snap closure
  • 2 Round connector rings
  • 27mm long beaver

Stamped

STER

SB7A.

1991
1992 (2)
1994
1997
1998
1999

  • Large Detailed Beaver
  • Blue / White / Blue neck ribbon.
  • Ends of ribbon have snap closure
  • 2 Round connector rings
  • Variations in beaver thickness exist
  • Rhodium
  • 35mm long beaver

Stamped in sunken box

SB7B.

Early 1995

  • Large Detailed Beaver
  • Solid "Cadet-Blue" neck ribbon.
    (Issued when supplier of normal
    blue /white/ blue ribbon went out
    of business until new supplier was
    found.)
  • Ends of ribbon have snap closure
  • 2 Round connector rings
  • Rhodium
  • 35mm long beaver

Stamped in sunken box

SB7C

1990's
  • Large Detailed Beaver
  • Blue / White / Blue neck ribbon.
  • Ends of ribbon have snap closure
  • 2 Round connector rings
  • 35 mm long beaver

    ---------------------------
    Sold at some of the National Meetings

Stamped in raised box

SB8

2001
  • Large Detailed Beaver
  • Blue / White / Blue neck ribbon.
  • Ends of ribbon are sewn together
  • 2 Round connector rings
  • 36 mm long beaver
  • Buck teeth of beaver visible

Raised S and box

 

SB9

2006
  • Large Detailed Beaver
  • Blue / White / Blue neck ribbon.
  • Ends of ribbon are sewn together
  • 2 Round connector rings
  • 34 mm long beaver
  • Buck teeth of beaver visible
  • Real thin and poor quality
  • Connector ring on beaver is very flat

Raised S and box

"S is very hard to make out

 

Last Updated: August 30, 2009

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