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18181 Father of Modern Scouting Frederick Russell Burnham
CS, 2 1/4” x 3 3/4" “Yours sincerely, F. R. Burnham, Maj. D.S.
O., 1931.” Burnham was born on a Dakota Sioux Indian
reservation in Minnesota and learned the ways of the American
Indian as a boy. He befriended Lord Baden-Powell in
Rhodesia, teaching him outdoor skills and inspiring what
would later be known as Scouting. He earned Scouting’s
highest honor, the Silver Buffalo Award, in 1936 and remained
active in the organization at both the regional and national level
until his death in 1947. To symbolize the friendship between
Burnham and Baden-Powell, the mountain beside Mount Baden-
Powell in California was formally named Mount Burnham in