The Boy Scouts of America honored several Church members for their service during the organization's annual business meeting May 25-27 in Washington, D.C.
President Thomas S. Monson, first counselor in the First Presidency, attended the meeting and also spoke to a gathering of some 225 LDS Scouts in attendance. He was accompanied by his wife, Sister Frances Monson.
The longest-serving member of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America, President Monson is a lifelong advocate and friend of Scouting. He holds the Silver Beaver and Silver Buffalo awards, as well as the Bronze Wolf, international Scouting's highest recognition.
- LDS businessman Wayne M. Perry received the Silver Buffalo at the national function. The award is the BSA's highest national commendation.
Brother Perry has experienced Scout leadership at all levels over the past 25 years serving as a Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Exploring Adviser, district chairman, president of the Chief Seattle Council, president of Scouting's Western Region, and a member of the National Executive Board.
Such service has earned Brother Perry numerous honors, including the regional Silver Antelope Award and the Heroism Award, which he received for heroic action during one of his Scout troop's canoe trips, according to the BSA.
Brother Perry is the CEO of Edge Wireless and serves on the board of directors of Baseball of Seattle Inc., the managing general partner of the Seattle Mariners baseball team.
Brother Perry is the latest in a long list of Church members to receive the Silver Buffalo that includes President Monson, along with Church presidents Heber J. Grant, George Albert Smith, David O. McKay, Spencer W. Kimball, Ezra Taft Benson and Gordon B. Hinckley.
Meanwhile, three Church members received the regional Silver Antelope Award at the annual business meeting.
- Mervin "Ray" Cook of Roosevelt, Utah, was presented with the Silver Antelope by Scouting's Western Region.
Brother Cook is no stranger to Scouting. As a boy he participated in Cub and Boy Scouting and has served as an assistant Scoutmaster since 1972. He also serves on Scouting's National Task Force "Leave No Trace," the National Order of the Arrow Conference staff and National Camp School staffs.
Brother Cook serves in the Church as a teacher and volunteers his time in various capacities.
- Charles W. Dahlquist, Young Men General President, also was presented the Silver Antelope award by the Western Region
A member of the National Executive Board and the Western Region Executive Board, Brother Dahlquist has served as vice president of the Great Salt Lake Council and now sits on the council's executive committee.
A former Scoutmaster, he has also served on the Philmont Training Center faculty for three years and was on the staff of the 2005 National Boy Scout Jamboree.
- J. Russell Hunsaker was awarded the Silver Antelope by Scouting's Northeast Region.
Brother Hunsaker is credited with playing a pivotal role in the development of Troop Committee Training programs while a member of the National Training Committee. He is also a frequent trainer at the Philmont Training Center and has served on the steering committee for the past two National Jamborees.
A businessman and Eagle Scout, Brother Hunsaker has also served as a Scoutmaster and a Cubmaster.
Brother Hunsaker recently moved from Massachusetts to Utah.