Victor “Vic” Hilderbran, Silver Beaver

Vic and Betty Hilderbran

History of the Silver Beaver Award: The Silver Beaver Award is the council level distinguished service award of the Boy Scout of America. Recipients of this award are registered adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council.  The Silver Beaver is an award given to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service. It is given to those who do not actively seek it.

The Silver Beaver was introduced in 1931 as a pin-on medal, but due to the heavy weight of the medallion it was switched over to a neck ribbon in mid-1932. A blue-white-blue ribbon bar was introduced in 1934 for informal uniform wear. In 1946, ribbon bars were replaced by the current knot insignia.

Vic has been active in Scouting since his youth and has continued for near 30 years as an active and dedicated Scout Leader.  Vic graduated from Uvalde High School and attended Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde.  While at Uvalde High School Vic was awarded the Lone Star Farmer award.

Vic has been involved as a leader in Boy Scouts since his son (Roy) was a Tiger Cub in 1986. Vic did not become an Eagle Scout as his Scout Master moved and there was no one to replace him. We believe this is the driving force in Vic being a Boy Scout leader and making sure that all that wants to become an Eagle Scout has the opportunity.

Vic married Betty Frantzen in 1973. They have two children, a daughter, Sarah and a son Roy.  Roy is an Eagle Scout.