Russell Smart

Russell Smart says that Scouting became a "rest-of-my-life proposition" for him.  That commitment recently led to the Boy Scouts of America awarding him its highest volunteer commendation, the Silver Buffalo Award, for his service to youth.  Russell joins an impressive group of other notable recipients that include fourteen U.S. Presidents, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.   In its 87-year history, there have been only 705 awards made.

The Silver Buffalo is awarded for extraordinary service to youth that is national in scope and can be independent of, or directly through, the Boy Scouts of America.  Russell himself spent only a brief time in Boy Scouts when a replacement could not be found for his Den Mother.  But he found his mission when his son was a Scout and has continued as an adult to have a significant impact improving program quality of the BSA on a national level.

Russell is currently BSA’s National Program Chairman for the 2013 Jamboree and has led the development, planning and operation of the new Jamboree site in Beckley, WV.  He is also the first National Chairman for the BSA’s Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics program (STEM).  With his chemical engineering and business background, his leadership and vision have been critical to the program’s development.  He has also been an active leader in the World Jamboree movement and has helped members to experience Scouting beyond the United States.

Russell and his wife, Helen, have been long-time supporters of Greenville through their donor-advised fund at the Community Foundation and Greenville Women Giving.  It’s an honor to recognize Russell for the difference he has made by creating young leaders across the nation.