A longtime champion of Scouting, Young Men General President Charles W. Dahlquist II has received the organization's highest commendation for service to youth.
On June 1, Brother Dahlquist was presented the Silver Buffalo Award at Scouting's National Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Ga.
He joins a storied group of Church leaders to receive the Silver Buffalo Award that includes several Church presidents, members of the First Presidency and other General Authorities.
Brother Dahlquist has worn the Scout leader uniform for many years, serving in various capacities at all levels. After becoming a Scoutmaster and Explorer adviser, he became active at the council level, serving the Great Salt Lake Council as vice president for five years and as an executive board member since 1999. At the regional and national levels, Brother Dahlquist was a member of the Western Regional Executive Board, the National Executive Board and the International and Relationships committees. President Dahlquist was recently appointed chairman of Scouting's National Venturing Committee.
Since accepting his calling as the Young Men general president, Brother Dahlquist has presided over the annual LDS leadership training at New Mexico's Philmont Scout Ranch, offering guidance and direction to hundreds of Church priesthood and Scout leaders.
A trial attorney and member of the board of directors of Kirton & McConkie in Salt Lake City, Brother Dahlquist is also renowned for his expertise in health care law.
He presided over the Germany Hamburg Mission from 1992-1995 and serves as honorary consul to the Federal Republic of Germany in Utah.
A past recipient of Scouting's Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope awards, Brother Dahlquist was recently named head chaplain for the 2010 National Scout Jamboree.
Brother Dahlquist and his wife, Zella, have five daughters and 10 grandchildren.