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Max Silber

Max I. Silber (1911-2004) was born in Manchester, New Hampshire. He was introduced to Scouting in 1923 when he became a member of Troop 1 in Manchester. Max became an Eagle Scout, then earned Bronze, Gold, and Silver Palms. He also earned the Explorer Ranger Award and was recognized as a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow.

Max's service to the Daniel Webster Council was extensive, holding nearly every position as a Scouter, including Council President. He was a member of the Council's Executive Board for sixty-five years. On regional and national levels, Max served as the Region One Chairman in 1957 and on Regional Jamboree Committees in 1960, 1964, 1969, 1973, and 1977. He also served many years on the National Jewish Committee on Scouting. Max often said, however, that his most important job was that of Scoutmaster.

In 1950, Max was chosen to be a Scoutmaster for the National Jamboree. He produced souvenir buckles for the event which he gave out as friendship gifts. Over the next half century, Max continued to make his buckles for events including World Jamborees, National Jamborees, and Council Jamborees. He also made buckles to commemorate specific milestones such as Silver Buffalo, Silver Beaver, Eagle Scout, Wood Badge, and Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor. In addition, buckles were produced for World's Fair (Scout Service Corps), Region One, Northeast Region, Camp Carpenter, and Exploring Division among others.

 

Max I. Silber Library And Lawrence L. Lee Scouting Museum

Another legacy of Max's is the Lawrence L. Lee Scouting Museum, which he was responsible for establishing in 1969. Many items on display were collected by Max during his trips nationally and internationally in the service of Scouting, including items related to Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scouting Movement, and his wife Lady Baden-Powell, with whom he was personally acquainted. In 1978, the Max I. Silber Library was named to honor his contributions to Scouting.

Mostly starting in the 1990s, Silber began the tradition of offering two versions of some buckles. One version was made from a nickel-silver bronze, and issued as a special collector's edition of the buckle. For the 2005 National Jamboree, the Lee Scouting Museum produced the first of five official posthumous "Max" buckles. A one-time change in the tradition of red bronze buckles was made to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Scouting's founding. This buckle for the 2007 World Jamboree was made of naval brass with a royal blue lacquer.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the BSA, and the 60th anniversary of Max's buckles, the Lee Scouting Museum issued what would be the last Max Silber "event" buckle for the 2010 National Jamboree. The buckle was a replica of the first Max Silber buckle, the "half-moon" one cast in 1950. This 2010 buckle replaced 'New Hampshire' with 'BSA,' a fleur-de-lis, and a '100.'

 

Max Silber Scout Awards And Honors - Lee Scouting Museum

Max Silber was awarded the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope, Silver Buffalo, and Distinguished Eagle Scout Awards. He received both the Jewish Shofar Award and Roman Catholic St. George Award. Max was also awarded the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award by the members of Ancient York Lodge #89, Free and Accepted Masons where he was a 60 year member.

Max was recognized as a Baden Powell Fellow, James West Fellow, and member of the prestigious 1910 Society. He served scouting in just about every position; Scoutmaster, Post Advisor, District Commissioner and District Chairman, Council Commissioner and Council President, Region One Chairman and Executive Committee Member, and Scout Leader for seven World and National Jamborees. Silber also served on the Jewish Relationships Committee of the BSA National Council and on the National Jewish Committee on Scouting.

One of Max's greatest joys was recognizing new Eagle Scouts. He attended hundreds of Eagle Courts of Honor and challenged each new Eagle to live the spirit of Scouting for the rest of their lives. Max Silber passed away peacefully on June 15, 2004 at the age of 93. To generations of Scouts and Scouters, he will always be remembered as "Uncle Max."

 

Complete  Max  Silber  62  Scout  Friendship  Buckle  Collection  (1950 - 2010)

 

Buckle
Year
Description
Quantity
1
Max Silber 1950 National Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle

1950

2nd BSA National Scout Jamboree

700
2
Max Silber 1953 National Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 1953

3rd BSA National Scout Jamboree

800
3
Max Silber 1955 World Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 1955

8th World Scout Jamboree

700
4
Max Silber Region One BSA Belt Buckle 1955  Region One BSA 500
5
Max Silber 1957 National Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 1957

4th BSA National Scout Jamboree

750
6
Max Silber 1957 National Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 1957

4th BSA National Scout Jamboree

 50
7
Max Silber 1960 National Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 1960 

5th BSA National Scout Jamboree

800
8
Max Silber 1964 National Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 1964

6th BSA National Scout Jamboree

 1000
9
Max Silber New York World's Fair Belt Buckle 1964-65 New York World's Fair 400
10
Max Silber 1967 World Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 1967

12th World Scout Jamboree

1000
11
Max Silber 1969 National Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 1969

7th BSA National Scout Jamboree

 1000
12
Max Silber Camp Carpenter 25th Anniversary Belt Buckle 1970

Daniel Webster Council Camp Carpenter

350
13
Max Silber 1971 World Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 1971

13th World Scout Jamboree

700
14
Max Silber Boy Power Team Belt Buckle 1972 Daniel Webster Council Boy Power Team 350
15
Max Silber 1973 National Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 1973

8th BSA National Scout Jamboree

2000
16
Max Silber Lawrence Lee Scout Museum Belt Buckle 1973

Daniel Webster Council Lawrence L Lee Museum

Unlimited
17
Max Silber Silver Buffalo Award Belt Buckle 1973 Silver Buffalo Award 25
18
Max Silber 1975 World Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 1975

14th World Scout Jamboree

1100
19
Max Silber Wood Badge Belt Buckle 1976 Wood Badge Unlimited
20
Max Silber Northeast Region SME Achiever Belt Buckle 1976

Northeast Region S.M.E. Achiever

125
21
Max Silber Northeast Region SME Achiever Belt Buckle 1976

Northeast Region S.M.E. Achiever

125
22
Max Silber All Out For Scouting Belt Buckle 1977 All Out For Scouting 400
23
Max Silber 1977 National Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 1977

9th BSA National Scout Jamboree

1450
24
Max Silber 1979 World Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 1979

15th World Scout Jamboree (Cancelled)

100
25
Max Silber Outdoor Adventure Exploring Belt Buckle 1979 Outdoor Adventure Exploring 100
26
Max Silber 1981 National Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 1981

10th BSA National Scout Jamboree

1200
27
Max Silber Daniel Webster Council Commissioner Staff Belt Buckle 1981

Daniel Webster Council Commissioner Staff

300
28
Max Silber 1983 World Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 1983

15th World Scout Jamboree

1100
29
Max Silber 1984 Daniel Webster Council Jamboree Belt Buckle 1984

1st Jamboree Daniel Webster Council

1200
30
Max Silber 1985 National Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 1985 

11th BSA National Scout Jamboree

1400
31
Max Silber Eagle Scout Award Belt Buckle 1985 Eagle Scout Award Unlimited
32
Max Silber 1985-1986 Australian Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 1985-86

14th Australian Scout Jamboree

125
33
Max Silber 1987-1988 World Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 1987-88

16th World Scout Jamboree

1200
34
Max Silber 1987-1988 World Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 1987-88

16th World Scout Jamboree

500
35
Max Silber 1988 Daniel Webster Council Jamboree Belt Buckle 1988

2nd Jamboree Daniel Webster Council

1000
36
Max Silber Vigil Honor Award Order of the Arrow Belt Buckle 1989

Vigil Honor Order of the Arrow

Unlimited
37
Max Silber 1989 National Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 1989  

12th BSA National Scout Jamboree

1300
38
Lee Museum and Max Silber Library Belt Buckle 1989

Daniel Webster Council Lee Museum and Silber Library

Unlimited
39
Max Silber 1991 World Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 1991

17th World Scout Jamboree

350
40
Max Silber Daniel Webster Council Commissioner Staff Belt Buckle 1991

Daniel Webster Council Commissioner Staff Reissue

200
41
Max Silber Eagle Scout Award Belt Buckle 1992 Eagle Scout Award Unlimited
42
Max Silber Silver Beaver Award Belt Buckle 1992 Silver Beaver Award Unlimited
43
Max Silber 1993 National Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 1993

13th BSA National Scout Jamboree

550
44
Max Silber Camp Carpenter 50th Anniversary Belt Buckle 1995

Daniel Webster Council Camp Carpenter

500
45
Max Silber 1995 World Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 1995

18th World Scout Jamboree

300
46
Max Silber 1995 World Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 1995

18th World Scout Jamboree

50
47
Max Silber 1995 Daniel Webster Council Jamboree Belt Buckle 1995

3rd Jamboree Daniel Webster Council

250
48
Max Silber 1995 Daniel Webster Council Jamboree Belt Buckle 1995

3rd Jamboree Daniel Webster Council

50
49
Max Silber 1997 National Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 1997 14th BSA National Scout Jamboree 300
50
Max Silber 1998-1999 World Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 1998-99 19th World Scout Jamboree 300
51
Max Silber 1999 Daniel Webster Council Jamboree Belt Buckle 1999

4th Jamboree Daniel Webster Council

350
52
Max Silber 1999 Daniel Webster Council Jamboree Belt Buckle 1999

4th Jamboree Daniel Webster Council

50
53
Max Silber 2001 National Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 2001 15th BSA National Scout Jamboree 300
54
Max Silber 2002-2003 World Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 2002-03 20th World Scout Jamboree 300
55
Max Silber 2002-2003 World Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 2002-03 20th World Scout Jamboree 50
56
Max Silber 2003 Daniel Webster Council Jamboree Belt Buckle 2003

5th Jamboree Daniel Webster Council

300
57
Max Silber 2003 Daniel Webster Council Jamboree Belt Buckle 2003

5th Jamboree Daniel Webster Council

100

 

Posthumously  Issued  Max  Silber  Scout  Friendship  Buckles  (2005 - 2010)

Buckle
Year
Description
Quantity
58
Max Silber 2005 National Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 2005 16th BSA National Scout Jamboree 250
59
Max Silber 2005 National Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 2005 16th BSA National Scout Jamboree 100
60
Max Silber 2007 World Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 2007 21st World Scout Jamboree 150
61
Max Silber 2007 World Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 2007 21st World Scout Jamboree 100
62
Max Silber 2010 National Scout Jamboree Belt Buckle 2010 17th BSA National Scout Jamboree 300