By Utah National Parks Council
Jun 06, 2013

Earning the LDS-BSA Commemoration Award for the Buffalo

Many of you are inquiring how you can earn the LDS-BSA Commemoration Award of the Buffalo.

This is an exciting recognition as Scouting celebrates 100 years of Scouting in the LDS Church.

The Boy Scouts was founded in 1910, three years after Sir Robert Baden-Powell started the Scout movement in England. Since its foundation, Scouting has enjoyed a strong relationship with the LDS Church through the Young Men’s program. In 1913, The Boy Scouts of America issued its first charter to the Church making it the first organization to officially affiliate with the Boy Scouts.

Now Scouters can earn an award that celebrates this partnership. Currently, the award can only be earned at camp.

Here are the requirements:

1. Read the History of Scouting in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) which is included in this booklet (booklets available at camp). Discuss with your leader five significant dates in the history of the Church and Scouting.

2. Talk with your leader about how your experiences at Scout camp will help you prepare to serve a full-time mission.

(Note: If you are not a Latter-day Saint, you may skip this requirement and complete four electives instead of three)

Electives: (complete at least three)

1. Meet four Scouts from different unites and exchange contact information (email addresses, postal addresses, and/or phone numbers).

2. Share two Articles of Faith and your testimony with your troop, a friend of another faith, or your unit leader. If non-LDS share your belief in God and a favorite prayer or leader in your faith with your troop, a friend of another faith, or your unit leader.

3. Write a paragraph about your goals as a Scout in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or your faith. Share with your unit leader.

4. Explain to your unit leader or parent what “Duty to God” means to you.

Once a Scout has completed the requirement, he signs the form and also has his Unit Leader sign signifying he has completed all requirements. The Scout can then take the completed form to the camp trading post to purchase the commemoration. Cost is minimal – $2.50.

Adult leaders can also earn the award by following the same requirements.

Download a copy of the requirement booklet here.

Author: Heidi Sanders | Marketing & PR Director, Utah National Parks Council

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13 thoughts on “Earning the LDS-BSA Commemoration Award for the Buffalo

  1. AvatarScott

    Our troop is in the Utah National Parks Council, but we’re going to a summer camp in the Trapper Trails Council. I’ve contacted them, and they are not planning on having the booklets or awards available at camp. Is there another way I can get copies of the booklet so that our troop can work on this while we are at camp?

  2. AvatarJames

    Will this be eventually available to earn outside of camp? I’ve already started on it (had a great missionary experience with a traveling salesman – requirement 2). Where can I find the booklet with the church’s history in scouting? I work with the Venture Scouts (as their Advisor) who are all leaving on missions and will not be attending any camps this year. I would really like to get this.


    1. AvatarHeidi Sanders

      We are thrilled to hear about your experience. Currently the award is only available at camp but contact Bob Gowan at 435-256-5153 about your situation.

    1. AvatarHeidi Sanders

      Todd, Contact Dave LeDuc at 801-437-6223 about purchasing awards for your young men. Thanks for asking.

  3. AvatarJean Dean

    Does camp Tifie offer this award and can we get a copy of the “pamphet” first. I heard from someone this award requires full uniforms, etc. We are leaving for camp this Monday!

  4. AvatarJustin Allen

    Is this award still available and is it available to anyone outside of your council? I’d love to offer this to our troop. Thanks

    1. AvatarHeidi Sanders

      Yes to both questions. You can purchase the awards from Council Services located to the left of the Orem Scout shop.

        1. Melany GardnerMelany Gardner

          We have them available for purchase at the Council Services office in the Orem Service Center(the same venue as the advancement training). This office is open until 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

    1. AvatarHeidi Sanders

      The award can now be purchased at the Council Office on 800 North in Orem. It is no longer available at camp. You can ask for Dave LeDuc at the Orem Office to purchase.

      Best of luck –


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