Lawrence L. Lee
"For more than a generation the name of Max I. Silber has meant service to youth in New Hampshire and throughout New England." These words were spoken at the 1973 Annual Meeting of the Boy Scouts of America when Max was given the Silver Buffalo Award, and truer words could not have been said about our founder.
Max Silber was born
in Manchester, NH in 1911. He was introduced to Scouting in 1923 when
he became a member of Troop 1 in Manchester. In 1936, 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 in 1958.
One lasting legacy Max has left Scouting are his belt buckles. In 1950, Max was chosen to be a Scoutmaster for the National Jamboree. He was in the bronze business and produced souvenir buckles for the event which he gave out as friendship gifts. Over the next half century, Max made fifty more buckles for National Jamborees, World Jamborees, NH Jamborees, and other special occassions as well as recognition buckles for Eagle, Vigil, Woodbadge, and the Silver Beaver. Max's buckles have become world famous and are considered highly prized collectors' items.
Another legacy of Max's is the Lawrence L. Lee Scouting Museum, which he was responsible for establishing in 1969. Many of the items on display were collected by Max during his many 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 Scouting Library was named to honor his contributions to Scouting and the community.
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 I. Silber passed
away peacefully on June 15, 2004 at the age of 93. To generations of New
Hampshire Scouts and Scouters, he will always be remembered as "Uncle
Scouting Museum, Daniel Webster Council
Last revised on 12 January 2006