Word of the honor surprised the semi-retired businessman who splits time between Janesville and North Carolina.
“I don’t get involved in things for the sake of getting an award or pat on the back,” he said. “I do it to be involved in something I believe in—Boy Scouts.
“It’s the most meaningful movement that’s impacting the lives of boys positively in character building—in values, in loyalty, in doing the right thing and in learning skills that are going to help them become young adults and good citizens of our country.”
When King is honored Friday during the banquet at the Boy Scouts of America’s annual national meeting, he will receive the Silver Buffalo Award for distinguished service to youth. According to the organization’s website, the Silver Buffalo is “the highest commendation of invaluable contributions that outstanding Americans make to youth.”
Since the award’s inception in 1925, only five other Wisconsinites have been bestowed this honor.
Don McChesney, regional director of the Northeast Region for the Boy Scouts of America and past Scout executive for the defunct Sinnissippi Council based in Janesville, said King is deserving of the award.
“Steve is a remarkable volunteer for the Boy Scout program,” McChesney said. “He’s tireless in his service to young people, and gives his time, energy and resources to help develop a young person’s full potential. He really, really believes in the Scouting program and the results it has on young folks today.”