Former software king of the world, Sir William Gates III is apparently no stranger to “Scouting for Boys” .
Gates has received the highest award that the Boy Scouts of America bestows on adults for distinguished service to youth.
The Silver Buffalo award was given for his success with Microsoft and his humanitarian work through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
When he was a tiny nerd in the 1960s and 70s Gates was a member of a Seattle’s Cub Scout Pack 144 and Boy Scout Troop 186, achieving the rank of Life Scout.
According to AP he collected the latest badge which he can sew into his scout blanket with his dad William Gates.
Gates said that scouting was “a very positive memory” and while he was pants at hiking and lousy at cooking the food, he said he found the whole thing a challenge.
His former scoutmaster, Don Van Wierengen, said that at a show at the Seattle Center where most boys in the troop were demonstrating outdoor skills, but Gates wanted to demonstrate computers.
Gates’ foundation has partnered with the Boy Scouts and the United Nations Foundation on a program to provide insecticide-treated mosquito nets.
The Silver Buffalo award was created in 1925 and has been awarded to Charles Lindbergh, Norman Rockwell, Colin Powell, Walt Disney and 14 US presidents.