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					                           Tiger Cub Den Leader Award

Tenure

Complete one year as a registered Tiger Cub Den Leader.
(Dates of service used to earn this award cannot be used to earn another key or award.)

Training

   1.   Complete "The New Tiger Cub Den Leader (or Coach)" Fast Start training.
   2.   Complete basic training for Tiger Cub Den Leaders.
   3.   Complete Youth Protection Training.
   4.   During your tenure for this award, participate in a Cub Scout leader pow wow
        or University of Scouting, or attend at least four roundtables.

Performance

Do all of the following:

   1. Conduct a Tiger Cub roundup for your pack with at least five new Tiger Cub
      boy/adult teams recruited.
   2. Contact the host team each month and provide support as needed for one year.
   3. Coordinate Tiger Cub den participation in three pack activities.
   4. Graduate a Tiger Cub den into Cub Scouts with at least 60 percent of the Tiger
      Cubs becoming Cub Scouts.
   5. Report on the progress of Tiger Cub dens at 75 percent of pack leader meetings




                           Cub Scout Den Leader Award

Tenure

Complete one year as a registered Cub Scout den leader
(Dates of service used to earn this award cannot be used to earn another key or award.)

Training

   1. Complete "The New Den Leader" Fast Start training.
   2. Complete basic training for Cub Scout den leaders.
   3. Complete Youth Protection Training.

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   4. During your tenure for this award, participate in a Cub Scout leader pow wow
      or University of Scouting, or attend at least four roundtables.

Performance

Do five of the following:

   1. During at least one program year, have a minimum of 50 percent of the Cub
       Scouts in your den earn the rank for their grade or age (Wolf or Bear).
   2. At least once, reregister a minimum of 75 percent of the eligible members of
       your den as a part of pack rechartering.
   3. Graduate a minimum of 60 percent of the eligible members of your den into
       Webelos Scouting.
   4. Have an assistant den leader who meets regularly with your den.
   5. Have a den chief who meets regularly with your den.
   6. Take leadership in planning and conducting a den service project.
   7. Conduct at least three den meetings per month, 9 months per year or follow an
       optional meeting plan approved by the pack.
   8. Participate with your den in a Cub Scout day camp or Cub Scout resident camp
       experience.
   9. Explore three "Character Connection" activities with your den members in one
       year.
   10. Hold regular den meeting and den activity planning sessions with your assistant
       den leader




                             Webelos Den Leader Award

Tenure

Complete 1 year as a registered Webelos den leader.
(Dates of service used to earn this award cannot be used to earn another key or award.)

Training

   1.   Complete "The New Webelos Den Leader" Fast Start training.
   2.   Complete basic training for Webelos den leaders.
   3.   Complete Youth Protection Training.
   4.   Complete outdoor training for Webelos den leaders.
   5.   During your tenure for this award, participate in a Cub Scout leader pow wow
        or University of Scouting, or attend at least four roundtables.

Performance

Do seven of the following:

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   1. During at least one program year, have a minimum of 50 percent of the
       Webelos Scouts in your den advance in rank (Webelos Badge or Arrow of
       Light Award).
   2. At least once, reregister a minimum of 75 percent of the eligible members of
       your den as a part of pack rechartering.
   3. Graduate a minimum of 60 percent of the eligible members of your Webelos
       den into Boy Scouting.
   4. Have an assistant Webelos den leader who meets regularly with your Webelos
       den.
   5. Have a den chief who meets regularly with your den.
   6. Take leadership in planning and conducting two Webelos overnight campouts
       or other outdoor den activities.
   7. Assist in planning and conducting a Webelos den / Boy Scout troop joint
       activity.
   8. Take leadership in planning and conducting a Webelos den service project.
   9. Conduct at least three Webelos den meetings per month, 9 months per year or
       follow an optional meeting plan approved by the pack.
   10. Participate with your den in a Webelos day camp or resident camp experience.
   11. Explore three "Character Connection" activities with your den members in one
       year.
   12. Hold regular den meeting and activity planning sessions with your assistant den
       leader




                             Den Leader Coach Award

                             This award is no longer used.




                                 Cubmaster Award



Tenure:

Serve as a registered assistant Cubmaster for one year and a Cubmaster for one year,
or serve as a registered Cubmaster for two years.
(Dates of service used to earn this award cannot be used to earn another key or award.)

Training:

   1. Complete "The New Cubmaster" Fast Start training.
   2. Complete basic training for Cubmasters.
   3. Complete Youth Protection Training.

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   4. During each year of tenure for this award, participate in a Cub Scout leader pow
      wow or University of Scouting, or attend at least four roundtables.

Performance:

   1. As a Cubmaster or assistant Cubmaster in a pack, earn the National Quality
      Unit Award at least twice.
   2. Earn the National Summertime Pack Award at least once.




                                  Cub Scouter Award

Tenure:

Complete 2 years as a registered adult leader in Cub Scouting in a pack.
(Dates of service used to earn this award cannot be used to earn another key or award.)

Training:

   1.   Complete Fast Start training, if available for your position.
   2.   Complete basic training for any Cub Scouting position.
   3.   Complete Youth Protection Training.
   4.   During each year of tenure for this award, participate in a Cub Scout leader pow
        wow or University of Scouting, or attend at least four roundtables.

Performance

Do five of the following:

   1. Assist in planning a pack program that results in advancement in rank by a
      minimum of 50 percent of pack members each year.
   2. Serve as an adult leader related to a pack that earns the National Quality Unit
      Award.
   3. Serve as leader of a blue and gold banquet, pinewood derby, space derby,
      raingutter regatta, field day, picnic, or other Cub Scout activity.
   4. Give leadership to a promotional effort that results in at least 60 percent of pack
      families subscribing to Boys' Life magazine.
   5. Develop or update a Tiger Cub or Cub Scout den activity book listing places to
      go, things to do, costs, distances, etc., locally for the five Tiger Cub areas or at
      least 12 Cub Scout themes.
   6. Give leadership to planning and conducting a pack service project.
   7. Organize participation of a pack in the Cub Scout Academics and Sports
      program.
   8. Help with two annual unit Friends of Scouting campaigns.
   9. Serve as a leader for members of your pack attending a Cub Scout day camp or
      resident camp.
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Serve one year as a pack trainer during which 75 percent of registered
pack and den leaders complete basic training for their positions




                                 Pack Trainer Award

Tenure

 Complete two years as a registered pack trainer.

Training

      Complete Fast Start training for the pack committee.
      Complete New Leader Essentials and be familiar with and able to explain the key
       elements of Leader Specific Training for all volunteer positions in the pack.
      Complete Youth Protection Training.
      Participate in a trainer development conference.

Performance

      Participate in a Cub Scout leader pow wow or university of Scouting (if your
       council conducts them) during each year of tenure for this award.
      Have Cub Scout roundtable staff certify your attendance for at least 30 percent of
       the roundtables during each year of tenure for this award.
      Attain 100 percent trained leadership within the pack for the committee chairman,
       Cubmaster, and all den leaders.
      Have a working plan in place for delivering Fast Start training to new leaders
       within 48 hours of their joining your pack.
      Have a working plan in place for helping leaders who have not taken basic training
       to attend New Leader Essentials and Leader Specific training.
      Keep and update training records of all leaders in your pack.
      During the pack annual program planning meeting, be available to answer
       questions about training courses.
      Review ongoing pack leadership training status and provide leaders with updates
       on any available supplemental training.




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                             Scouter's Training Awards

The Scouter's Training Awards can be presently earned by the following groups of
Scouters:

Boy Scouters:

      Scoutmasters
      Assistant Scoutmasters
      Committee Members
      Chartered Organization Representative

Varsity Scouters:

      Coaches
      Assistant Coaches
      Committee Members
      Chartered Organization Representative

Venturing Leaders:

      Advisors
      Assistant/Associate Advisors
      Committee Members
      Consultants
      Chartered Organization Representative

Sea Scouting Leaders:

      Skippers
      Committee Members
      Consultants
      Chartered Organization Representative

District/Council Scouters:

      Cub Scout Roundtable staff members
      Boy Scout Roundtable staff members
      Varsity Scout Huddle staff members

Each award group has requirements covering basic training, performance, tenure, and
certification. Scouters earning the Training Award in one program area MUST
complete ALL requirements (including tenure) for a subsequent Training Awards in
another program area. Scouters earning a Training Award cannot use the tenure for the
Training Award toward earning the Scouters' Key Award in the same program area
unless specifically stated otherwise (i.e. Scoutmaster's Key).

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                               Scouter's Key Awards

The Scouter's Key Awards can be presently earned by the following groups of
Scouters:

Boy Scouters:

      Scoutmasters

Varsity Scouters:

      Coaches

Venturing Leaders:

      Advisors

Sea Scouting Leaders:

      Skippers

District Committee:

      Committee Members

Commissioners:

      District and Assistant District Commissioners
      Roundtable Commissioners
      Unit Commissioners

Each award group has requirements covering basic training, performance, tenure, and
certification. Scouters earning the Key Award in one program area MUST complete
ALL requirements (including tenure) for a subsequent Key Awards in another program
area. Scouters earning a Key Award cannot use the tenure for the Key Award toward
earning the Scouters' Key Award in the same program area.

Note: Other leaders in each program area described above may earn
an appropriate Training Award.




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                                                 KNOT DEVICES

                               When an award is given to a Scout or Scouter that also
                               has a related square knot, the knot may be worn by itself
                               on the uniform or with one of the devices depicted
                               above to indicate the program phase where the award
                               was earned. For example, a Unit Commissioner that
                               earns the Commissioner Key (same knot as the Scouter
                               Key) would wear the Commissioner device. If a Scout
                               or Scouter earns a subsequent award represented by the
                               same knot, the Scout or Scouter should wear a device
                               for each program phase where the knot was earned (you
                               do not wear multiple issues of the same knot). In
                               particular, a Scout that earns a sequence of religious
                               emblems would wear ONE universal religious emblem
                               knot and up to four devices, as described below.

                                   Wear the CUB SCOUT device for the first level
       emblem (God & Me, Maccabee, etc.) earned as a Tiger Cub or Cub Scout;
      Wear the WEBELOS SCOUT device for the second level emblem (God &
       Family, Parvuli Dei, Aleph, etc.) earned as a Cub Scout or Webelos Scout;
      Wear the BOY SCOUT device for the first level emblem (God & Church, Ad
       Altare Dei, Ner Tamid, etc.) earned as a Boy Scout;
      Wear the VENTURING device for the second level emblem (God & Life,
       Pope Pius XII, Etz Chaim, etc.) earned as an older Boy Scout, Varsity Scout,
       Sea Scout, or Venturer.

Note that Webelos Scout and Venturing devices are used to designate the second level
emblems described above, EVEN IF the boy isn't a Webelos Scout and/or Venturer
when the member earns the appropriate religious emblem.



There are two additional devices, not shown above, that are worn on the James West
Fellowship Knot, to recognize major donors, the 1910 Society pin and the Founders
Circle pin. Those devices and the qualifications for them can be seen on the page that
describes the James West Fellowship Knot, by clicking here.

There is also a special device for the Third level Philmont Training Center Masters
Award. That device and the qualifications for it can be seen on the page that describes
the Philmont Training Center Masters Award by clicking here.




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                                  Sea Badge Award

These awards are given as recognition of completion of the Sea Badge Course, which
is the advanced training course for Sea Scouting leaders at the Ship, District, Council
or Regional level.

The single trident versions are awarded to attendees. (The different background colors
are for different color uniforms.) The version with two tridents is awarded to staff
members, and the three trident version is awarded to course directors.

There is also a Sea badge pin, pictured, below, which is awarded after completion of
the course.

Attendance at the Sea Badge course is nominative.




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                        Unit Leader Award of Merit
Background
Quality unit leadership is the key to a quality unit program—and it leads to better Scout
retention. Statistics show that ifyoung people stay engaged in the program for at least
five years, the BSA’s influence likely will stay with them for the restof their lives. A
quality Scouting experience will help keep Scouts in the program, and the Boy Scouts
of America created the Unit Leader Award of Merit to recognize the quality unit
leaders who make that happen.
The Unit Leader Award of Merit replaces the Scoutmaster, Varsity Team Coach, and
Venturing Crew Advisor award of merit programs. This new recognition has revised
requirements and may be earned by Cubmasters as well.

                                      Requirements
The nominee must:
1. Be a currently registered Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Coach, or Advisor who has
served in that position at least 18 continuous months.
2. Meet the training requirements for the registered position.
3. Distribute a printed or electronic annual unit program plan and calendar to each
family in the unit.
4. Have a leader succession plan in place.
5. Effectively use the advancement method so that at least 60 percent of the unit’s
youth have advanced at least once during the last 12 months.
6. Cultivate a positive relationship with the chartered organization.
7. Project a positive image of Scouting in the community.

                                Nomination Procedure
1. The unit committee chair completes the Unit Leader Award of Merit Nomination
Form on behalf of the unit committee. For Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams, and
Venturer crews, the nomination must include endorsement by the senior patrol leader,
team captain, or crew president, respectively.
2. The unit or district commissioner certifies that the form is complete.
3. The unit submits the nomination form to the council for approval by the Scout
executive and council commissioner or president.

                                       The Award
Upon receipt of the approved nomination form, the council may present the Unit
Leader Award of Merit, which includes a certificate, square knot with the appropriate
device, and a special unit leader emblem. Recognition of this achievement
may be presented at appropriate district or council events, such as district or council
leader recognition dinners, training events, and board meetings.
The award may be presented for each program, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity, and
Venturing, if the individual meets the requirements in each program. Only one knot is
worn with the devices of each program that the award was earned in.
Unit Leader Award of Merit certificate, No. 30767 Scoutmaster emblem, No. 610093
Unit Leader Award of Merit square knot, No. 610091 Cubmaster emblem, No. 610094
Varsity coach emblem, No. 610092 Venturing Advisor emblem, No. 610095
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                             Religious Emblem Award

This square knot is worn by those whom have earned a religious emblem or award as a
youth member of the BSA or some other organization (Girl Scouting, YMCA, Salvation
Army, etc.). The awards are NOT BSA awards; they are awards presented by a church
body for education, service and devotion to faith. Only ONE youth award square knot
is worn, no matter how many times the holder earns a second or subsequent religious
award as a youth member. Since many faiths offer several times within a youth's
tenure opportunities to earn an award or emblem, the program(s) in which the
award(s) is earned is denoted by small program devices which are placed on the
square knot. Devices are available for Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting,
Varsity Scouting, Exploring and Venturing.




                          Adult Religious Service Award

Description: Deep purple square knot on grey (silver) background with silver Mylar
border.

Worn by: Male and Female Scouters

This square knot is worn by those whom have received a religious emblem or award as
    an adult member of the BSA or some other organization (Girl Scouting, YMCA,
Salvation Army, etc.). The awards are NOT BSA awards; they are awards presented by
  a church body for education, service and devotion to faith. Only ONE adult award
     square knot is worn, no matter how many times the holder earns a second or
   subsequent religious award as an adult member. Since many faiths offer several
  awards for various levels of service, it is recommended that those whom choose to
  show multiple faiths or awards place the small tie-tac or other small emblem of the
                                  award to the knot. .




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                               Arrow of Light Award

Description: Square knot made up of the WEBELOS badge colors: a gold border, with
kelly green and scouting red rope strands, worn with green rope to wearer's right; there
is also a square knot, which is shown here, with the colors reversed. Either one may be
worn, although the top one shown is the one which was originally designed for wear in
1973.

Worn by: Male Scouters

The Arrow of Light is the highest youth award earned by Cub Scouts. In order to earn
the Arrow of Light, a WEBELOS Cub Scout must complete the seven requirements
outlined in the WEBELOS Cub Scout Handbook including learning joining skills and
participating in a Boy Scout Troop visit, in addition to earning several WEBELOS
activity pins. Youth members DO NOT wear the knot. They wear the Arrow of Light
patch (shown left) on their uniform in the places prescribed for the wearing of the
Award. In 1990, two emblem manufacturers made an error when reordering this knot
emblem to be worn upon the present tan shirts, and it was too late before the BSA's
Supply Division caught the error. As you can see from the two knots above, in getting
the new tan back grounded knots to the field, the two companies reversed the colors of
the strands. The BSA's Supply Division says that more than 40,000 of the "reversed"
Arrow of Light knots exist out there. The BSA's Insignia and Uniform staff knows
about the error, and has informed local Councils and Scouters that EITHER knot is
acceptable for wear but NOT both. Future orders returned the color combinations
back to the original combination shown in the top knot shown in the far left.




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                                 Eagle Scout Award

Description: Square knot made up of the ribbon colors: red, white and blue,
intertwined as one rope. Ends showing blue tips are worn to wearer's right.

Worn by: Male Scouters

The Eagle Scout Badge is the highest youth rank in the Boy Scouting program. It is
earned by Boy or Varsity Scouts or by Venturers or Sea Scouts whom complete a
number of merit badges, including several which are from a required list of badges for
the rank, a series of successful leadership positions in a unit, a series of service
projects including a cumulating project in which he must plan, prepare, execute and
evaluate, and personal appearance before a review board at the local Council level.
Youth members DO NOT wear the knot. They wear the Eagle Scout rank patch
(shown left) on their uniform in the places prescribed for the wearing of the Award.
Eagle Scouts may earn and wear Bronze, Gold and /or Silver Palms on the Knot or on
the ribbon of the medal for the completion of additional merit badges, leadership
experiences and tenure since Eagle. These palms are worn in the highest combination
which illustrate the number of merit badges over Eagle in multiples of five.
Unofficially, Eagle Scouts may wear the Palms on the center portion of the Eagle
Scout cloth badge; this was a National policy several years ago, but officially has
been abandoned.




                                NESA Life Member

NESA Life members may purchase and wear a special version of the Eagle Scout
Square Knot with a silver mylar border, as illustrated below.




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                          Distinguished Eagle Scout Award


Description: Square knot is red, white and blue intertwined rope, with blue tips worn
toward wearer's right and with the addition of the gold Eagle Scout device in the center
of the knot emblem.

Worn by: Male Scouters

Nominative

  This square knot/device combination is worn by those Eagle Scouts honored by the
BSA with the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, a special gold Eagle suspended from a
red, white and blue neck ribbon. First awarded in 1969, the Distinguished Eagle Scout
  Award recognizes Eagle Scouts whom have attained a high level of recognition or
  personal achievement in their chosen career field or employment over a 25-year or
  longer period of time. The Award SHOULD NOT be presented during a BSA event
(unless the person being honored is a BSA professional or employee) but rather during
 a event of the employer or national organization of the Eagle Scout's career or work
     field (for instance, during the Association of the United States Army's annual
  conference in the case of Army military personnel being honored with the Award.)




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                               Quartermaster Award

Description: Square knot made up of sea blue ribbon color from Quartermaster Medal.
Difference between old and new knot is only background in which worn on field
uniform.

Worn by: Male and Female Sea Scouts, Male and Female Venturers, Male and Female
Scouters

The Quartermaster Award is the highest rank in the Sea Scouting portion of the
Venturing program. In order to earn Quartermaster, Sea Scouts must show nautical
proficiency, leadership, and service over a period of time, as well as to earn several
rating awards. Quartermaster Awards are conferred after a review board at the local
Council level. Rare award.




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                         The Venturing Leadership Award


The Venturing Leadership Award is presented by councils, areas/regions, and the BSA
National Council to Venturers and adults who have made exceptional contributions to
Venturing and who exemplify the Venturing Code.

                                 Requirements
      Venturing Leadership Award candidates must be registered and involved in
       Venturing as a Venturer or an adult for at least one year.
      They must hold a leadership position or office on the unit, district, council,
       area, region or national level (as appropriate for the level of award presented).
      The candidate must show exceptional dedication and give outstanding
       leadership and service to Venturing and to Venturers on the level appropriate
       for the award.

                             Quota Restrictions
Councils may present two awards for youth and two for adults per year for up to fifty
crews/ships and one additional youth and adult award per year for each fraction of
twenty-five crews/ships above fifty.

Example: For fifty-one registered crews/ships, a total of three youth and three adult
awards may be presented; for seventy-eight crews/ships, four youth and adult awards
could be presented.

Regions may present twelve youth and twelve adult awards per year.

National may present six youth and six adult awards per year.

                                   Procedures
Venturing youth and adults may be recommended at the council, area, region or
national level by completing the Venturing Leadership Award candidate information

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form. An additional sheet with two hundred words or less explaining why the candidate
should receive the award and letters of recommendation from school, church, clubs,
etc., must be provided with the information form.

                                Recognitions
      Council: Medallion suspended from blue and white ribbon and worn around the
       neck. (For unit-, district-, and council-level recognition.)
      Area/Region: Medallion suspended from green and white ribbon and worn
       around the neck. (For area- and region-level recognition.)
      National: Medallion suspended from red and white ribbon and worn around the
       neck. (For national-level recognition.)

      Square Knot: The Square knot patch shown at the top of this page may be
       worn by a recipient of the Venturing Leadership Award at any level.




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Silver Award 1      Silver Award 2 Exploring                       Exploring Growth
                                  Achievement Award                Opportunity in
                                                                   Leadership
                                                                   Development
                                                                   (G.O.L.D.) Award



                                     Silver 1




                                     Silver 2/Exploring
                                     G.O.L.D./Young American Award

Description: Old square knot made up of three Exploring colors: dark blue for Sea
Exploring, amber for Air Exploring and red for "traditional Exploring", with red to
wearer's right. Middle square knot made up of silver knot with background colors from
ribbon colors from second version of award: red, white and blue. Award is worn with
red side or red strand to wearer's right.

Worn by: Male and Female Explorers, Male and Female Scouters

The Old Silver Award was created as a replacement for the Ranger and Ace Exploring
Awards. National awarded 533 of the first version of the award before reformulating
the entire Exploring program. The present Silver Award knot may be worn by previous
holders of any Exploring advancement award less the Quartermaster Award and also
by holders of a national or local Council Young American Award, a special award
designed to recognize achievements in various areas by young adults (whom may or
may not be Exploring members). The Exploring Growth Opportunity in Leadership
Development (G.O.L.D.) Award (which was originally called the Exploring
Achievement Award) was earned by male and female member of any Explorer Post or
Ship after a period of service, leadership and tenure. Each Explorer creates their own
set of "requirements" for the award, which presently include learning the Explorer
Code. At the end of the period of service and leadership, and at the conclusion appears
before the District or Council Exploring Committee to review the path taken to
complete the requirements for the award. Silver 1 Very Rare award. Exploring
G.O.L.D./Silver 2 Rare award. Present Silver Rare award.
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                         Silver Award square knot emblem

Description: The Bar is taken from the top part of the Medal. Present square knot is
silver knot on white and dark green background, with silver border. The award knot is
worn with the green background to the wearer's right as shown.

Worn by: Male and Female Venturers, Male and Female Scouters

The Silver Award is currently the highest recognition which a Venturer or Sea Scout
may receive, having earned the Bronze and Gold Awards previously. The Award was
shelved until 1999, when the Venturing Division decided to bring the award back with
updated sets of requirements. The current Silver Award is earned by Venturers
completing various requirements for the Bronze and Gold Venturer awards prior to
earning the Silver Award. The specific requirements are listed in the Venturing
Handbook. Rare award.




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                         Silver Award Requirements




1. Earn One Venturing Bronze Award
      o Arts and Hobbies,
      o Outdoor,
      o Religious Life,
      o Sea Scouting, or
      o Sports
2. Earn the Venturing Gold Award, which includes knowing and living the
   Venturing Oath, service, personal development, and 12 months' tenure.
3. Emergency Preparedness
      A. Become certified in Standard First Aid or equivalent course. If you
          choose the American Red Cross Standard First Aid version of the
          course, the curriculum includes how to recognize an emergency and
          overcome the reluctance to react; how to recognize and care for
          breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults (training to care for infants
          and children is optional); and how to identify and care for life-
          threatening bleeding, sudden illness, and injury. The course is
          approximately 6½ hours. Your Standard First Aid certification will
          expire three years from the date of issue. Your CPR certification will
          expire one year from the date of issue.
          If you hold an unexpired certification in this or a higher course, you can
          receive credit for this requirement. However, you must be currently
          certified at the time of your Silver Award crew review. You are
          encouraged to get certified as soon as possible and stay certified. For
          this requirement, you are not required to seek a higher certification,
          but you are encouraged to get certifications in higher-level course
          such as First Aid -- Responding to Emergencies or Emergency
          Response. You will be even more prepared.
          Note: If you need help finding an American Red Cross instructor in
          your area, call your local Red Cross chapter. For literature, call toll-free
          1-800-667-2968).
      B. Become certified in CPR. You can take a stand-alone CPR course or
          take it as part of another course such as Standard First Aid. Please
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          remember that CPR certification lasts for only one year, at which time
          you will need a refresher course. Like Standard First Aid,. it is good to
          always be current in your CPR certification. You most likely will get an
          opportunity to use your skill in saving a life.
       C. Complete the BSA Safe Swim Defense training course. In this course,
          you will learn how each of the eight points of the Safe Swim program
          affects safe crew swimming activities. You will learn that qualified
          supervision and discipline are the two most important points, upon
          which the other points rely. You will also learn how to set up a safe
          swim area. Any BSA aquatics resource person, your crew Advisors, or
          other council-authorized individual can provide the training course for
          you. Use Safe Swim Defense, No. 34370, and Safe Swim Defense
          Training Outline, No. 19-417.
       D. Either lead or participate in a group swim using BSA Safe Swim
          Defense. Swimming can be a great way for you and your crew members
          to stay fit and to just have fun. To ensure that you and your friends will
          continue to do just that, always insist you use Safe Swim Defense.
4. Leadership
       . Successfully complete the Venturing Leadership Skills Course.
       A. Successfully serve for at least six months in an elected or appointed
          crew, district, or council leadership position. Since leadership is a
          form of service to others, don't be afraid to ask your followers, those
          you serve, how you are doing. If you don't have an occasional
          assessment of your progress, you might not improve. Learn to value the
          opinion of others. This must be in addition to the leadership
          requirement in the Venturing Gold Award.
5. Ethics in Action
       . Participate in at least two Ethical Controversies Activities from
          chapter 9 of the Venturing Leader Manual. These activities are
          scenarios that will put you and those who do the activities with you into
          challenging, problem-solving situations. In a constructive way, these
          activities will help you develop the following personal skills:
               Promoting productive conflict resolution
               Polite disagreement
               Listening to new ideas
               Understanding other people's perspectives
               Working toward a solution that the group involved will support
                   and implement
       A. Either organize and lead, or help to organize and lead, an Ethics
          Forum for your crew, another crew, school class, or other youth
          group. An Ethics Forum is simply another, more formal, way of
          gathering information about ethics. You will invite two or more adults
          to form a panel for your crew or group to ask questions about ethics in
          their personal or professional lives. You can even invite adults related to
          your crew's specialty; if you are in a sports crew, you could invite a
          sports doctor, a coach, and a professional athlete. You can even invite
          guests such as family members and friends to join you. You can even
          use the information gathered from the Ethics Forum to develop your
          own Ethical Controversies activities.
6. Silver Award Review
   After completing all requirements, the candidate should prepare evidence of
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completion of work. It should be submitted to the crew Advisor along with the
completed and personally signed Silver Award Progress Record and
Application. The crew president, in conjunction with the crew Advisor, should
then appoint a review committee of four to six people including Venturers and
adults. The review committee should review the candidate's written
documentation and interview the candidate to determine whether the candidate
complete all work and grew as a result of the pursuit of the Silver Award. The
application is then approved by the crew Advisor and crew committee chairman
and submitted to your council service center.




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                 Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service Award




The National Order of the Arrow committee presents the Distinguished Service Award
to those Arrowmen who have rendered outstanding service to the Order on a sectional,
area, regional, or national basis. It is given primarily for dedicated service to the Order
and Scouting over a period of years. Only a limited number of awards can be
presented. Arrowmen whose service records are the most outstanding and extend the
farthest beyond the local lodge level are usually selected. Young men under 21 and
adults (volunteer and professional) are eligible for nomination. Nominations will not be
accepted or considered for posthumous awards.

The Distinguished Service Award was created in 1940 to honor those who rendered
service to the Order of the Arrow beyond the lodge level. Since the time of the first
awards given in 1940, approximately 500 Distinguished Service Awards have been
presented.

Nominations are open to both youth and adult, and must be made on form No. 24-201.
Nominations must be approved by the Lodge Chief, Lodge Advisor, Council Scout
Executive, who then forwards the application to the Region OA Chairman or staff
Advisor. If the region concurs, the nomination is sent to the National Office.
Nominations must be received by the OA Director prior to February 1 of each national
conference year.

The actual award is a sterling silver arrowhead, bearing an arrow pointing upward and
to the wearer's right, suspended from a white neck-ribbon upon which are embroidered
red arrows. A picture of the award is below. Presentation of the award is limited. The
white on red square knot badge shown above is worn on the uniform to identify
recipients.




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                Boy Scout
        Community Organization Award


                             Community Service Award

There are several adult community service emblems/awards offered through
organizations and bodies to adult volunteers of youth programs, including Cub
Scouters, Boy/Varsity Scouters, and Venturing leaders for service to youth over a
prolonged period of time. The BSA's Relationships Division certifies the national,
regional state or local award and releases this square knot emblem for informal
wear by adult Scouters. Youth members may not wear this knot emblem
presently. As of January 1, 2004, there are seven awards which fall into this
classification: The Marvin M. Lewis Award of the Benevolent and Protective
Order of Elks (BPOE), Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award, Veterans of
Foreign Wars Scouter's Achievement Award, American Legion Scouting Square
Knot Award, the Department of Defense/Military Outstanding Volunteer Service
Medal, and Herbert G. Horton Alpha Phi Omega Youth Service Award of the
Alpha Phi Omega national service fraternity.

The George Meany Award of the American Federation of Labor & Congress of
Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is also part of this category, but retains the use
of the original square knot designed for the Meany Award (see above).

Description: gold square knot and border on deep purple background.

Worn by: Male and Female Scouters

This square knot is worn by those whom have received an award recognized by the
BSA's Relationships Division while serving as an adult member of the BSA. The
awards are NOT BSA awards; they are awards presented by a community service,
fraternal, corporate or governmental organization for education, service and/or
devotion to youth. Only ONE award square knot is worn, no matter how many times
the holder receives a second or subsequent community service award as an adult
member. The BSA presently only recognizes The Marvin M. Lewis Award of the
(Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE)), Daniel Carter Beard Award
(Masonic Order) Veterans of Foreign Wars (WFW) Scouter's Achievement Award,
American Legion Scouting Square Knot Award, the Department of Defense/Military
Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (MOVSM), and Herbert G. Horton Alpha Phi
Omega Youth Service Award (APO).

The George Meany Award of the American Federation of Labor & Congress of
Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is also part of this category, but retains the use of
the original square knot designed for the Meany Award. .


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For further information on some of the individual awards
The American Legion : American Legion
A/C&Y Division
POB 1055
Indianapolis, IN 46206
Email: acy@legion.org

Veterans of Foreign Wars
VFW National headquarters
406 W34th Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
816-756-3390

Military Outstanding Volunteer Service medal (MOVSM)
The award is approved by the installation commander (grade 0-6) after a letter of
recommendation is submitted
More info see Department of Defense Web page at www.defenselink.mil/sites/a.html
Or a related web site www.americal.org/awards/movsm.htm

Alpha Phi Omega
National Office for Alpha Phi Omega
14901 E 42nd Street
Independence, MO 64055-7347
816-373-8667

Marvin M Lewis of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks
Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks
National Headquarters
2750 N. Lakeside Ave
Chicago, IL 60614-1889

Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award
Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania
215-988-1901
www.pagrandlodge.org/pyf/pgm/scouter/index.html




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                    Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award


The Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award is an honor due to members of the
Masonic Lodge who act as role models and provide dedicated service to the young men
in the BSA. The Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Award not only supports the Masonic
relationship through the man who brought Scouting to America, but proclaims the
integrity of the recipient who is honored by receiving the award.

The Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award is a Boy Scout Community
Organization Award, used by community organizations to honor their volunteers for
Scouting. Recipients are presented a medallion on a neck ribbon (shown below), and
may wear the generic Boy Scout Community Organization Award Square Knot shown
above.

Eligibility

The award will be presented to a Master Mason who is currently a registered Scouter
and active in a Scout unit, district, council, or national affiliate, and has displayed
outstanding dedication to the Scouting program through:

      developing of Scouting units;
      assisting lodges in forming units;
      exemplifying the Scout Law and Masonic virtues;
      recruiting Scouting volunteers;
      strengthening the relationship between Freemasonry and Scouting.

Work accomplishment and dedication, rather than a specific number of years in
Scouting, will be the criteria for this award.

Nominations

The nominee must be recommended by a Master Mason in good standing.

The Official Nomination form (Petition) must be used.

      Step 1: The recommender must complete the petition and submit an attached
       page explaining the candidate's qualification for the award.

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       Step 2: The recommender should also have the petition approved and verified
        by the local Council, indicating that the candidate is currently registered as an
        active Scout leader.
       Step 3: The recommender should then have the petition reviewed by the
        Worshipful Master of the candidate's lodge. If found to be qualified, the
        petition will be authorized and forwarded to the lodge's district deputy or other
        Masonic authority designated to handle the award in his home jurisdiction. That
        person will then submit the petition, as instructed by his Grand Lodge, for
        action.
       Step 4: The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania will then forward the information on
        awardees to the Boy Scouts of America, Relationships Division, Irving, TX for
        the official record of recipients.

Presentation of the Award
The Daniel Carter Beard Scouter Award will be presented at the discretion of the
Grand Master. It may be presented at a Grand Communication or other similar
meeting where a representative of the Grand Lodge makes the presentation.
Arrangements also can be made to make the presentation at a Lodge or Scouting-
related function. In all cases, a representative of the Grand Lodge should present the
award.




       Marvin M. Lewis Award of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks

The Boy Scouts of America established the Marvin M. Lewis Award in 1998 in
recognition of the Elks’ significant contributions to Scouting and the development of
America’s youth.

The Grand Lodge invites all local Lodges to nominate ONE candidate for the award.
Candidates must have the recommendation of their local Lodge and their local
Scouting Council to be eligible. Each year eight Elks will receive Marvin M. Lewis
Awards, which consists of a medal and ribbon, a framed certificate, a lapel pin and a
square knot.

When selecting their candidate, Lodges were asked to consider Elks who:

   A. Have brought Scouting to more youth.
   B. Have assisted local Elks lodges in forming Scouting units.
   C. Are fully trained in the skills of Scouting and are outstanding role models.
   D. Have contributed significantly to Elks and Scouting by bringing the two
      movements together to serve the community.
   E. Have offered Scouting to all youth regardless of race, creed, or income level,
      and has been instrumental in organizing Scouting units, especially in inner-city
      or other low--income communities.




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The awards will be presented at the Grand Lodge Convention. Application forms may
be obtained from Grand Lodge Committeeman, James C. Beckley, Jr., or from any
state Youth Activity Chairman.




                 American Legion and Scouting Square Knot Award

This award is designed to recognize American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, or
Sons of The American Legion members who are actively involved in the Scouting
program. This award is not meant to be a selective or limited award, but one that is
available to any American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, or Sons of The
American Legion member who completes the requirements for the award. The award is
meant to recognize dedication and work required by an American Legion, American
Legion Auxiliary, or Sons of The American Legion member to assist in furthering the
Scouting program in The American Legion.

 The award consists of the gold on purple square knot badge with a gold border and a
suitable certificate.

It is expected that American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary or Sons of The
American Legion members will work to provide the maximum impact of The
American Legion’s support of the Scouting program and to achieve maximum
visibility.

   A. Service
         1. Be a current member of The American Legion, American Legion
              Auxiliary or Sons of The American Legion.
         2. Be registered in a Scouting leadership position at the Unit, District or
              Council level; or as a Chartered Organizational Representative (COR);
              or as a District/Council Member-at-Large; or as a Unit Commissioner.
   B. Training

       If serving as a Unit Leader complete five of the following:

           1.   Complete the Cub Scout Leader Basic Training course.
           2.   Complete the Boy Scout or Sea Scout Leader Basic Training course.
           3.   Complete the Venture Leader Basic Training course.
           4.   Complete the Commissioner Basic Training course.
           5.   Be current in “Youth Protection” training.
           6.   Be current in American Red Cross “First Aid and CPR”.
           7.   Earn the Scouter’s “Training Award”.
           8.   Attend and complete a Woodbadge or Seabadge training program.
           9.   Attend a Philmont training course.




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   If serving as a Chartered Organizational Representative (COR), or as a
   District/Council Member-at-Large, or as a Unit Commissioner complete three
   of the following:

       10. 1. Attend a National Community Relationships Scouting training
           seminar.
       11. 2. Participate in a Chartered Organizational Representative (COR)
           training course
       12. 3. Complete a BSA District staff -training course.
       13. 4. Attend a Woodbadge or Seabadge training program.
       14. 5. Attend a Philmont training course.
C. Tenure
       1. Serve a total of three consecutive years in a Scouting leadership position
           at the Unit, District or Council level; or as a Chartered Organizational
           Representative (COR); or as a District/Council Member-at-Large; or as
           a Unit Commissioner.
D. Performance

   While serving in a Scouting leadership position at the Unit, District or Council
   level; or as a Chartered Organizational Representative (COR); or as a
   District/Council Member-at-Large; or a Unit Commissioner complete a
   minimum of five of the following:

       1. Serve a minimum of two years as a Post Chartered Organizational
          Representative for Scouting and demonstrate success with your units in
          terms of growth in program.
       2. Assist your Post, District or Department to raise funds to support
          Scouting. Participate with a local BSA District or Council Friends of
          Scouting fundraising effort.
       3. Participate as member of a BSA District or Council
          Membership/Relationships committee and represent The American
          Legion.
       4. Assist in organizing or reorganizing a Cub Pack, Scout Troop, Sea
          Scout Ship, or Venturing Crew chartered by an American Legion Post.
       5. Participate in the Eagle Scout of the Year program at the Post, District
          or Department level.
       6. Make contact with Scout Troops and Venturing Crews in your area
          through visits, roundtables or other means and solicit their participation
          in the National High School Oratorical Contest, Junior Shooting Sports
          Program, Boys State, American Legion Baseball and other
          Americanism programs and document the results of your efforts.
       7. Recruit manpower from your Post or District to support a Scout activity
          such as a camporee, bicycle rodeo, merit badge day or other related
          event to help further American Legion recognition in support of the
          Scouting program.
       8. Develop and carry out or participate in an American Legion program to
          recognize the leaders of Scouting programs in your Post, District or
          Department.
       9. Promote and coordinate the development of a network of Department
          American Legion Scouting Team members to assist in the development
          of Scouting within The American Legion.
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         10. Earn the Cubmaster Award, Cub Scouter Award, Den Leader Award,
             Den Leader Coach Award or Tiger Cub Coach Award.
         11. Earn the Scoutmaster Award of Merit.
         12. Earn the Crew Advisor Award of Merit.
         13. Earn the Scouter’s Key, Scouter’s Training Award, or Distinguished
             Commissioner Service Award.
   E. Approval
         1. Submit appropriate documentation (membership card, photocopies of
             course completion certificates, narrative of accomplishments, etc.) in
             order to fully document the attainment of the requirements as outlined in
             sections A, B, C, and D above.
         2. Obtain the written endorsements of your American Legion Post
             Commander, American Legion Auxiliary Unit President or Sons of The
             American Legion Squadron Commander and the Department Scouting
             Chairman, Department Adjutant and Department Commander that you
             have satisfactorily completed the requirements for this award.
         3. Submit the appropriate documentation and written endorsements to

              National Americanism Commission
              The American Legion
              P.O. Box 1055
              Indianapolis, IN 46206.

        4. Note: Application packets that lack the appropriate documentation or
            written endorsements will be returned.
   F. Awarding Process

       The Department would arrange for presentation of The American Legion
       Square Knot, certificate and congratulatory letter at an appropriate place and
       time.

A list of Department Headquarters addresses can be found on the last page of the
brochure at the following URL, to assist in obtaining the written endorsements of the
Department Scouting Chairman, Department Adjutant and Department Commander.




          Department of Defense Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

The Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal is an honor awarded to members of the
armed forces who perform outstanding volunteer community service of a sustained,
direct and consequential nature

The Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal is a Boy Scout Community Organization
Award, used by community organizations to honor their volunteers for Scouting.
Recipients are presented a medallion on a ribbon (shown below), and may wear the
generic Boy Scout Community Organization Award Square Knot shown above.
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Description:

A Bronze medal, 1 3/8 inches in diameter bearing on the obverse, five annulets
interlaced enfiled by a star and environed by a wreath of laurel. On the reverse is a
sprig of oak between the inscription "OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER SERVICE" at
the top and "UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES" at the bottom. (Shown below)

Criteria:

Awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who, subsequent to 31
December 1992, performed outstanding volunteer community service of a sustained,
direct and consequential nature. To be eligible, an individual’s service must

   1.   be to the civilian community, to include the military family community;
   2.   be significant in nature and produce tangible results;
   3.   reflect favorably on the Military Service and the Department of Defense; and
   4.   be of a sustained and direct nature.

While there is no specific time threshold to qualify for the Military Outstanding
Volunteer Service Medal (MOVSM), approval authorities shall ensure the service to be
honored merits the special recognition afforded by this medal. The MOVSM is
intended to recognize exceptional community support over time and not a single act or
achievement. Further, it is intended to honor direct support of community activities.




    Alpha Phi Omega Herbert G. Horton Service to Youth Award
Significance:

In recognition of a Brother of Alpha Phi Omega, National Service Fraternity who has
made contributions to America’s future as participating citizens through the principles
of Scouting and the Scout Oath and Laws. Alpha Phi Omega, National Service
Fraternity has established the Alpha Phi Omega (Herbert G Horton - Service to
Youth Award. It recognizes Brothers of Alpha Phi Omega, National Service Fraternity,
who are in good standing that have made significant contribution to the youth of their
communities by volunteering in the programs of the Boy Scouts of America.

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 honors Herbert G. Horton’s memory, and the dedicated service he and other
Brothers have given to Scouting by naming this award after him.

Procedure for selecting recipients:

The National Scouting and Youth Services Committee of Alpha Phi Omega, National
Service Fraternity, invites chapters, recognized geographical or Chapter alumni
association, alumni volunteers or elected officers to submit candidates for this award.
The cost of the award will be borne by the recommender. (The official nomination
form must be used.)

   1. The recommender must complete the application and submit an attached page
      explaining the candidate’s qualifications for the award.
   2. The recommender must have the application approved and verified by the local
      Council, indicating that the candidate is currently registered as an active Scout
      leader.
   3. The recommender should then have the application sent to the National Office
      of Alpha Phi Omega, along with $40 for the award, for submission to the
      National Scouting & Youth Services Committee. The Committee Chair or a
      select subcommittee of that committee will then determine if the candidate is
      qualified. If so, they will authorize the National Office of Alpha Phi Omega,
      National Service Fraternity, to send to the recommender the award/regalia for
      presentation to the recipient.
   4. The National Office of Alpha Phi Omega, National Service Fraternity will be
      instructed to forward the information on the recipient to the Boy Scouts of
      America, Relationships Division, for the official record of recipients.

Qualification Guidelines

The award will be presented to active, alumni, advisory, or honorary Brothers of Alpha
Phi Omega. Who are currently a registered Scouter and are active in a Scout unit, Local
Council, or on the Area, Regional or National Levels of the Boy Scouts of America,
and who have displayed outstanding dedication to the Scouting program. Their
activities in scouting should include:

      Exemplifying the principles and values of Scouting and our Fraternity
      Developing scouting units and recruiting Scouting volunteers
      Strengthening the relationship between Alpha Phi Omega and Scouting, which
       might include:
           o helping Chapters or Alumni Associations charter Cub Scout Packs or
              Boy Scout Troops or Venturing Crews
           o serving as a leader to units chartered to Chapters or Alumni
              Associations
           o helping Chapters charter themselves as Venturing Crews
           o serving as a Chapter’s Scouting and Youth Services Advisor
           o assisting Chapters or Alumni Associations in developing a Scouting &
              Youth Services program and working with local Scouting units &
              councils, which might include events such as Merit Badge Universities.
           o promote Alpha Phi Omega within the Scouting community, including
              organizing or manning APO Info Booths at Scouting events
           o promote Scouting within Alpha Phi Omega
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Work accomplishment and dedication, rather than a specific number of years in
Scouting, will be the criteria for this award. Promoting and strengthening the
relationship between  and Scouting is an important part of this award. Thus, a
Scouter who has little or no current involvement with  will most likely not be
considered for this award.

Presentation

Alpha Phi Omega (Herbert G. Horton - Service to Award will be presented
annually at a Regional Conferences or at the National Convention by a member of the
National Scouting and Youth Services Committee. Recognition of previous and recent
recipients of this award should be made at subsequent  Section Conferences,
Regional Conferences, and National Conventions.

In addition, a presentation may be made at a BSA local council or district function,
such as an awards dinner or an annual meeting.

The Alpha Phi Omega (Herbert G Horton - Service to Youth Award is a BSA
Community Organization Award, used by community organization to honor their
volunteers for Scouting. Recipients are presented a medallion on a neck ribbon in the
Fraternity colors, a certificate and lapel pin, and if a BSA member, may wear the
generic Boy Scout Community Organization Award Square Knot.




                   Rotary International Cliff Dochterman Award




Award Information and Requirements
The Cliff Dochterman Award is an honor available to recognize an individual
Rotarian or Rotaractor who acts as a role model and renders distinguished and
dedicated service to Scouting through active service, leadership or other


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exemplary contributions to the Scout Association of his or her home country; or,
internationally, to any WOSM or WAGGGS recognized Scouting Association.

A nominee for the Dochterman Award must be a Rotarian in good standing,
nominated by a local Rotary Club, by the Governor of a Rotary District or by the
International Chair of the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians (IFSR).
The nominee need not be a registered member of any scout association to receive
the award.

      No more than one individual may be nominated by a local club per
       calendar year, except that where a Rotary Club continuously exceeds 50
       members in any one year, one additional Rotarian or Rotaractor may be
       nominated by the club in that year. If the club nominates a Rotaractor,
       membership in that individual's Rotaract Club may be used to determine
       eligibility for a second nomination.
      Rotary District Governors may nominate one Rotarian each year, in
       addition to nominations from the local clubs in his/her district.
      The IFSR International Chair may nominate up to three Rotarians per
       year to receive the award.

In keeping with the objectives and principles of both Rotary and Scouting to
encourage character development, leadership, citizenship and personal growth for
youth, this award is presented to a qualified Rotarian who has displayed
distinguished service and outstanding dedication to the program of Scouting
through:

   1. Contributions to the character development, leadership, citizenship and
      personal growth of members of the scouting association through programs,
      training or organization;
   2. Assisting Rotary clubs in forming scouting units;
   3. Exemplifying the 4-Way Test;
   4. Recruiting and training volunteer scouting leaders; and
   5. Strengthening the relationship between Rotary and Scouting.

Work accomplishment and dedication, rather than a specific number of years in
Scouting or Rotary, will be the major criteria for this award. The official
nomination form (available from the IFSR Website by clicking here, or from the
IFSR Executive Secretary (at P.O. Box 19982, San Diego, CA 92159-0982, USA. )
must be used and endorsed by: the Local or National Council (or District,
depending on the country's organization) of the Scout Association, indicating that
the nominee's service to scouting is genuine and fairly represented by the
application; and by the President of the candidate's Rotary Club, or the Governor
of his or her Rotary District, or the International Chair of the IFSR.




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                 Ruritan Scout Leader Community Service Award

The Significance of the Ruritan Service Award

In recognition of Ruritan’s contributions to America’s future in association with the
Boy Scouts of America and other scouting organizations, the Board of Directors of
Ruritan National established the Ruritan Scout Leader Service Award. It recognizes
Ruritan members in good standing who have made a significant contribution to the
youth of their communities by volunteering in the programs of scouting organizations.

The Ruritan Scout Leader Service Award was introduced in 2005. The award, a
recognition approved by Ruritan National, gives local Ruritan Clubs an opportunity to
nominate Ruritan members to be recognized for their service to youth, and also makes
the public aware of the important role Ruritans play in the community. The Application
and Selection for the Ruritan Scout Leader Service Award.

Ruritan Scout Leader Service Awards will, to the maximum extent possible, be
presented annually at the Ruritan National convention. The Ruritan National selection
committee makes the final determination on all recipients. The award will consist of
public recognition of the recipient’s accomplishments, an appropriate Ruritan
recognition certificate, and authorization for the recipient to wear the BSA square knot
patch (or other scout organization’s recognition piece) on the recipient’s Scout
uniform.

The recommended procedure for selecting a recipient of the Ruritan Scout Leader
Service Award is as follows:

Ruritan National invites all Ruritan Clubs to submit their candidates for the award. Any
person, group, or affiliated scout council may likewise nominate a scout Leader /
Ruritan member for the Ruritan Scout Leader Service Award. The nominees may be
submitted through the local Ruritan club or directly to the Scout council. In any event,
they must have the local Ruritan Club’s recommendation and Ruritan National’s
approval (note: for awarding at the Ruritan National Convention, all nominations must
be at Ruritan National by November 1st.).

Ruritan National makes the final selection of the recipients from the candidates
submitted, notifies the nominating club of the action taken, and forwards the recipient’s
contact information to the appropriate scouting organization’s national headquarters for
recording.

Qualification Guidelines

The nominating local Ruritan Club may develop its own standards for submittal, but
should consider such factors as the nominee’s record in:

      Forming scouting units, especially those operated by Ruritan Clubs.

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      Recruiting Ruritan members to become scout leaders and to be involved in
       units operated by Ruritan Clubs or other community organizations.
      Promoting and expanding the use of the BSA Citizenship in the Community
       Merit Badge, including serving as or recruiting other Ruritan members to serve
       as Merit Badge Counselors.
      Making a significant contribution to Ruritan and scouting by bringing the two
       movements together to serve the community.
      Taking scout leader training and setting a good example for youth, particularly
       in service to the community.
      Promoting scouting for all youth, regardless of race, creed, or disabling
       condition.

Although a nominee’s length of service in scouting may be considered, no specific
number of years should be required. A person’s record of accomplishment and
dedication should weigh more heavily than longevity.

Presentation of the Ruritan Scout Leader Service Award

To the maximum extent possible, the presentation of Ruritan Scout Leader Service
Awards shall be made annually at Ruritan National Convention (note: for awarding at
the Ruritan National Convention, all nominations must be at Ruritan National by
November 1st). In addition, after the Ruritan National presentation a local presentation
can be made at an event such as a local scout council or district function, or a Ruritan
district or local Ruritan Club awards dinner or other function.

Application Form

Applications may be downloaded from the Ruritan National website
http://www.Ruritan.org, obtained from the Ruritan National Home Office at P.O. Box
487, Dublin, VA 24084, Phone 877-787-8727, or obtained from the Boy Scouts of
America, Relationships Division, S226, 1325 West Walnut Hill Lane, P.O. Box
152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079, website http://www.scouting.org .




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   Raymond A. Finley, Jr. Sea Scout Service Award of the United States Power
                                  Squadrons

Purpose
The USPS Finley Sea Scout Service Award recognizes those members and honorees of
the US Power Squadrons who are also youth or adult Sea Scout leaders, and who have
provided outstanding civic, educational, and fraternal leadership to both the Sea Scouts
and the US Power Squadrons, through civic involvement, educational achievement,
and active participation in both programs.

The service award is named for Past Chief Commander Raymond A. Finley, Jr., who
became a Sea Scout in 1935, and earned the highest achievement recognition in Sea
Scouting, the Quartermaster Award, in 1939. Upon entering the Navy during World
War II, Finley's Sea Scouting background and his engineering training at Rutgers
University helped him become an instructor at Midshipman School, teaching
engineering, knots, and basic seamanship. During 1982-83 he served as Chief
Commander of the United States Power Squadrons.

Recognitions
At each USPS National Meeting, all qualifying recipients will be individually
recognized during the Open Administrative Department meeting, and will be presented
with a Plaque and Certificate of recognition, together with a USPS Sea Scout Service
Award medal, shown above. The ribbon design is based upon the vertical blue and
white striping of the USPS Ensign, with the medal fashioned after the USPS ensign and
ship's wheel registered logo.

Awardees must be present at a USPS National Meeting in order to be recognized. Once
recognized at a USPS National Meeting, similar recognition - in person - at the
recipient's District Conference and Squadron Change of Watch awards ceremony, is
also appropriate. Additionally, it is intended that each recipient will also be similarly
recognized at the immediately following BSA National Meeting, with presentation of
the Community Service Award Certificate and uniform knot (with the USPS
membership pin device), during the National Sea Scout and Venturing Bridge of Honor
and Reception.

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Requirements:
Quartermaster (Youth) Recipients:

   1. USPS Requirements
         a. USPS Apprentice Sea Scout Membership (or, Active Membership, if
             between the ages of 18 and 21).
         b. Attain Advanced Grade of Seamanship (S)
         c. Earn at least one Merit Mark for Service to USPS
   2. Sea Scouting Requirements
         a. Quartermaster Award Recipient
         b. Serve in a Leadership position as a Sea Scout or Venturer
         c. Participate in a USPS / Sea Scout joint civic, educational, boating,
             and/or social activity

Adult Leader Recipients (no Quartermaster earned as a youth):

   1. USPS Requirements
         a. USPS Active Membership
         b. Attain Advanced Grade of Pilot (P)
         c. Earn at least three Merit Marks for Service to USPS
         d. Participate in a joint USPS / Sea Scout civic, educational, boating,
             and/or social activity
   2. Sea Scouting Requirements
         a. a. Earn the Sea Scout Adult Leader Training Award
         b. b. Attend and complete SEABADGE Conference requirements
         c. Serve in an active leader capacity in Sea Scouting for a minimum of
             three years, as a Registered Adult Leader
                i.   Ship, Council, or Regional Committee member
               ii.   Skipper or Mate of a Sea Scout Ship
              iii. Active Consultant, with Ship Committee proposal and letter of
                     recommendation
         d. Participate in a USPS / Sea Scout joint activity

USPS Honoree Recipients:

Upon the request of the National Administrative Officer (NAO), as ratified by the
Operating Committee and the Governing Board, a maximum of three Awards per year
may be presented by the Chief Commander to honorary USPS members and/or
honored guests of the National Bridge during the USPS National Annual Meeting, or
during USPS National Governing Board meetings.

Applications:
An Application Form can be downloaded from the Sea Scouting Website at
http://www.seascout.org/for_leaders/adult_recognition/finley.pdf

A Finley Award Review Committee, comprised of a group of previous Finley Award
recipients, USPS Membership Committee and Youth Activities Team members, and
USPS District Sea Scout Liaisons has been established to review all applications and
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nominations submitted. Awardees will be notified in advance of the USPS National
Governing Board Meeting or Annual National Meeting where their presentation will
take place, and asked to confirm their attendance.




           Veterans of Foreign Wars VFW Scouters Achievement Award

This award is designed to recognize VFW Scouters who serve on the VFW State and
National Scouting teams for a three-year period and who accomplish the required tasks
during this period. This award is not meant to be a selective or limited award, but one
that is available to any VFW Scouter on the Scouting team who completes the
requirements. It is our personal VFW award to recognize dedication and work required
by a VFW team member to assist in furthering the Scouting program in the VFW.

The award consists of a gold and purple square knot which may be worn on the Scout
uniform and a certificate.

Requirements

It is expected that the VFW team members will work to provide the maximum impact
of VFW support to the Scouting program and to achieve maximum visibility for VFW
efforts.

Service. Be registered in a Scouting position at the District or Council level: Chartered
Organizational Representative (COR), District/ Council Member-at-Large, Unit
Commissioner.

Objective: To go beyond the Post and be able to understand and influence Scouting in
the VFW District and Department as well as at the local Council level.

Training. While a member of the State or National team:

   1.   Attend a VFW Scouter’s training course at State or National Level.
   2.   Participate in a Chartered Organizational Representative (COR) training course.
   3.   Complete a BSA District staff training course or
   4.   Attend a Woodbadge training program.

Tenure. (Tenure starts when you join the team.)

Complete a total of three years as a member on the National or State Team of VFW
Scouters.

Performance. While a member of the State or National team do five of the following:
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   1. Serve a minimum of two years as a Post Chartered Organizational
       Representative for Scouting and demonstrate success with your units in terms
       of growth in program.
   2. Help with your VFW Department or District or Post to raise funds to support
       Scouting in your Department.
   3. Participate with a local BSA District or Council Friends of Scouting fundraising
       effort.
   4. Serve on the staff of a Department or National training team to train VFW
       Scouters.
   5. Participate as member of a BSA District or Council Membership/Relationships
       Committee and represent the VFW.
   6. Assist in organizing or reorganizing a Scout Troop, Cub Pack or Venture Crew
       in a VFW unit.
   7. Participate in the Eagle Scout of the Year program at Post, District or
       Department level.
   8. Make contact with Scout Troops and Venture Crews in your area through visits,
       roundtables or other means and solicit their participation in the Youth Essay
       and VOD programs and document the results of your efforts.
   9. Recruit manpower from your Post or VFW District to support a Scout activity
       such as a camporee, bicycle rodeo, merit badge day or other related event to
       help further VFW recognition in support of the Scouting program.
   10. Develop and carry out or participate in a VFW program to recognize the leaders
       of Scouting programs in your Post, District or Department.
   11. Promote and coordinate the development of a network of State VFW Scouting
       Team members to assist in the development of Scouting within the VFW.

Approval.

Obtain the approval of the Department Commander and Department National Team
Scouter that you have satisfactorily completed the requirements for this award.
Documentation will be sent to VFW National Headquarters for review and final
approval.




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                                     Ace Award

Description: Square knot made up of red and blue ropes on a middle blue background.
The colors are from the traditional colors of Exploring, while the middle blue
background was made to match the sky blue uniform of the Air Explorer.

Worn by: Male and Female Explorers, Male and Female Scouters

The Ace Award is the highest rank in the former Air Exploring portion of the Exploring
program. In order to earn Ace, Explorers must show flying proficiency, leadership, and
service over a period of time, as well as to earn several rating awards. Ace Awards are
conferred after a review board at the local Council level. The Air Exploring program
does not exist anymore and present Aviation Exploring members cannot earn this
award. Rare award.




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                                   Ranger Award


Description: Square knot made up of green and brown ropes on a kelly green
background. The colors are from the traditional uniform colors of Exploring. The
current bar is taken from the top part of the Medal.

Worn by: Male Explorers, Male and Female Venturers, Male and Female Scouters

The Ranger Award was presented to Explorers that participated in a rugged series of
training and advancement work within an Explorer Post. The Award was shelved until
1999, when the Venturing Division decided to bring the award back with updated, yet
just as rugged, set of requirements. Male and Female Venturers may earn this award,
and do not have to earn the Silver Award prior. The square knot emblem was used for
the first version of the award; The Boy Scouts of America has NOT approved the
wearing of the Ranger Award square knot to represent the present award; those
holders of the Ranger Award must (for the time being!) wear the RANGER silver bar
shown centered on the left pocket flap of the uniform. Rare award. If you feel the
square knot should return to the kelly green uniform, please write to the Venturing
Division, BSA and let them know this. In the meantime, the wearing of the Ranger
Award square knot emblem by holders is limited to those whom have received
permission to do so from their Council's Scout Executive.




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                          District/Division Award of Merit


Description: Knot is composed of a silver Mylar overhand knot on a deep blue
background with a silver Mylar border.

Worn by: Male and Female Scouters

Nominative

The District/Division Award of Merit is awarded by a District or Venturing Division to
registered Scouters for service to youth in the District or Division. Normally, the
award is presented for service to youth in excess of five years. Under special
circumstances, a registered Scouter may receive a second District/Division Award of
Merit for his or her service to youth in a reorganized District or Division or as part of
another local Council (such circumstances are rare, but may be approved by a
Council's Scout Executive). There are no provisions for the wearing of a device or
emblem officially to denote the second or subsequent awards. Unofficially, those
Award holders that have received more than one may wear a small Universal device
centered on the knot. The BSA has no official records of any volunteer or professional
receiving the Award of Merit in more than two separate Districts or Divisions and on
the 2000 version of the national application form, discourages Districts from
recommending individuals for a second or subsequent District Award of Merit.
Career (professional and professional-technical) members of the Boy Scouts of
America may receive the District/Division Award of Merit upon concurrence of the
Council Scout Executive and the Deputy Chief Scout Executive, BSA, for their roles
as volunteer Scouters only. They may not be recommended for this award based
upon any aspect of their professional service to youth or the District or Division.




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                               Silver Beaver Award

Description: Knot is composed of light blue and white ropes, with the blue rope worn
toward wearer's right. Difference between old and new knot is only background in
which worn on field uniform.

Worn by: Male and Female Scouters

Nominative

The Silver Beaver Award is presented upon action of a Council Executive Board of one
of the BSA's 288 local Councils or the Direct Service Council for service to youth
within the Council or for longtime service to youth by a registered Scouter residing
within that Council

. The square knot insignia for b Silver Beaver as shown to the far left. Career
(professional and professional-technical) members of the Boy Scouts of America
may receive the Silver Beaver Award upon concurrence of the Council Scout
Executive and the Deputy Chief Scout Executive, BSA, for their roles as volunteer
Scouters only. They may not be recommended for this award based upon any aspect
of their professional service to youth or the local Council.




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                    Distinguished Commissioner Service Award

Description: Knot is composed of a silver (grey) knot on a deep red background with a
silver border. The colors are taken from the colors of the insignia of unit, district and
council commissioners.

Worn by: Male and Female Scouters

The Distinguished Commissioner Service Award is presented to unit, Assistant District,
District, Assistant Council, and Council Commissioners whom have served actively as
a registered commissioner for at least five years, have completed the Commissioner
training courses, received the Arrowhead Honor Award, and whose
units/District/Council has achieved a level of quality through the BSA's Quality
Unit/District/Council program. The award consists of a plaque and bolo ties for
informal wear.




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                  Doctorate of Commissioner Science Knot Award

Purpose :To recognize completion of a standardized program leading to the
completion of a thesis or project and the award of the Doctorate of Commissioner
Science from a College of Commissioner Science

Justification : The commissioner is the mainstay for Scouting program administration.
It is commissioner service that ensures that units are healthy, productive, and assist in
the growth of the program.
The College of Commissioner Science program is designed to have a commissioner
learn, through a series of training classes, followed by work experiences to ensure a
quality program throughout Scouting. This training will take a number of years to
complete. The commissioner finalizes his/her training with an approved thesis or
project for the benefit of the Scouting program. This assists both new commissioners
as they learn, and seasoned commissioners as they train others.
A well-trained commissioner staff better serves the Scouting program.
The College of Commissioner Science program is a guideline for councils to adapt as
they determine will fit their needs.
Having a knot award for the program requires that the commissioner complete, as a
minimum, a training program standardized for all BSA programs.
Requirements:
Minimum Requirements:
Tenure
Serve as a commissioner for a minimum of 5 years. Their service can be in one or more
commissioner roles or positions of service.
Training
A. Bachelor of Commissioner Science Degree (BCS)
Prerequisites
Maintain registration in any capacity as a Commissioner during the entire training
program listed below.
Complete Commissioner orientation (Commissioner Fieldbook)
Complete commissioner basic training.
Course Requirements
Complete a minimum of seven (7) courses of instruction, at least five (5) of the courses
at the Bachelor’s program level as listed in the Continuing Education for
Commissioners manual.
Performance
Approval of Council or assigned Assistant Council Commissioner
Approval of Scout Executive or Advisor to Commissioner Service

B. Master of Commissioner Science Degree (MCS)
Prerequisites
Completion of bachelor’s degree.
Earned Arrowhead Honor.
Current registration as a commissioner.
Course Requirements

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Complete a minimum of seven (7) additional courses of instruction (total of 14), at
least seven (7) of the courses at the Master’s program level as listed in the Continuing
Education for Commissioners manual.
Performance
Approval of Council or assigned Assistant Council Commissioner
Approval of Scout Executive or Advisor to Commissioner Service
C. Doctor of Commissioner Science Degree (DCS)
Prerequisites
Completion of master’s degree.
Have been awarded the Commissioner’s Key.
Current registration as a commissioner.
Course Requirements
Complete a minimum of ten (10) additional courses of instruction not used to qualify
for other college awards (total of 24), at least five (5) of the courses at the doctor’s
program level as listed in the Continuing Education for Commissioners manual

Thesis or Project
Completion of a thesis or project on any topic of value to Scouting in the local council.
The topic and final paper or project must be approved by the council commissioner, or
assigned assistant council commissioner, or the dean of the doctorate program and the
staff advisor for commissioner service.

Performance
Serve on the College of Commissioner Science faculty (instructor or support staff) or
work with training support for commissioners for at least one year.
Recruit at least three new commissioners at any level.
Approval of Council or assigned Assistant Council Commissioner
Approval of Scout Executive or Advisor to Commissioner Service

Grandfather or Sunset Clause:
Since the key requirement of this award is tied to an approval of a Thesis (Councils
with a Commissioner’s College) or Project (Councils without a Commissioners
College) that is only earned once, this award is retroactive for individuals who have
completed other requirements prior to the approval of this award. This clause applies
for the previous 10 years. Any commissioner who meets these requirements would
need to list any courses they have completed previously and then complete their thesis
or project to apply for the award.
Anyone who earned their doctorate based on the current qualifications will not have to
repeat what they have already completed, even if it was prior to 10 years ago. They will
have to show their current council commissioner/staff advisor what they have done and
then approved.




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                 Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service Award

Description: Knot is composed of a white knot on a red background. The colors are
taken from the colors of the ribbon of the award as well as the colors of the Order of
the Arrow.

Worn by: Male and Female Arrow men

Nominative

The Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service Award is presented to Arrow men that
have given for a significant period of time service to the Order of Arrow or to Scouting
at any level beyond the local Lodge (which is part of the local Council) level. Most
Arrow men receiving this award were youth members serving as leaders at the
Sectional, Regional or National level. Most adult Arrow men receiving this award
have served as Arrow men for an extended period of time, normally more than ten
years. The award consists of a silver arrowhead with an arrow through it, suspended
from a white ribbon with small red arrows centered on the ribbon throughout, a
certificate and knot. Rare.




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                           Professional Training Award

               The Professional Training Award may be earned by:

      Associate District Executives
      District Executives
      Senior District Executives
      Exploring Executives
      Senior Exploring Executives
      District Directors, and
      Field Directors with supervisory responsibilities for District or Exploring
       Executives.

                        To earn the award, Scouters must:

      Successfully attend all three sessions of the Professional Executive Institute
       (PEI)
      Complete or participate in five of eight training or coaching programs
       (including Wood Badge, Exploring Advanced Seminar, and National
       Camping School)
      Meet all critical achievements in his or her District/Division/Council for
       two of the three years.

                       PROFESSIONAL CIRCLE AWARD

This award may be earned by completing all eight coaching or training programs,
meeting of all critical achievements within all three years, and the completion of a
  research paper to be forwarded to the National Executive Training Center for
approval. Holders of this award may wear the small Universal/Troop device at the
                                 center of the knot.

This is a rare award




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          El Premio por Servicio ¡Scouting ... Vale La Pena! Service Award


                PURPOSE                                       PROPÓSITO

The purpose of the ¡Scouting…Vale la            El propósito del premio por servicio
Pena! Service Award is to recognize             ¡Scouting … Vale la Pena! es reconocer los
outstanding services by an adult individual     servicios destacados de una persona u
or an organization for demonstrated             organización por el compromiso demostrado
involvement in the development and              en el desarrollo y la implementación de
implementation of Scouting opportunities        oportunidades Scouting para la juventud
for Hispanic American/Latino youth.             hispanoamericana y latina.

               COUNCIL                                 PROCEDIMIENTOS DEL
             PROCEDURES                                     CONCILIO
1. Recipients are approved nationally           1. Los merecedores al premio son aprobados
through nomination by a local council.          nacionalmente a través de la nominación por
(Councils should use ¡Scouting…Vale la          parte de un concilio local. (Los concilios
Pena! Service Award Nomination Form,            deben usar el formulario de nominación al
No. 11-193. Copies may be obtained from         premio por servicio ¡Scouting … Vale la
the National Distribution Center, 2109          Pena! No. 11-193. Las copias se pueden
Westinghouse Boulevard, P.O. Box 7143,          obtener en el Centro de Distribución
Charlotte, NC 28241-7143.)                      Nacional, 2109 Westinghouse Boulevard,
                                                P.O. Box 7143, Charlotte, NC 28241-7143.)
2. The award is presented to people at all      2. El premio se presenta a personas de todos
levels of the organization (executive board,    los niveles de la organización (consejo
district Scouters, unit personnel) and to       ejecutivo, Scouters de distrito, personal de
people of all races and income levels.          la unidad) y a gente de todas las razas y
                                                niveles de ingresos.
3. The council’s annual quota of awards         3. La cantidad anual de premios del concilio
shall not exceed the number of districts in     no debe exceder el número de distritos del
the council. Emphasis is on being selective,    concilio. Se debe hacer énfasis en ser
with no intention that the full quota must be   selectivos, sin la intención de usar toda la
used every year. The quota is                   cantidad cada año. La cantidad no es
noncumulative.                                  acumulativa.
4. The council president designates a           4. El presidente del concilio designa un
committee to administer the award for the       comité para administrar el premio para el
council. This may be a special                  concilio. Éste puede ser un comité especial
¡Scouting…Vale la Pena! Award committee         para el premio ¡Scouting … Vale la Pena! o
or the council’s advancement and                el comité de desarrollo y reconocimiento del
recognition committee, Silver Beaver            concilio, el comité Silver Beaver o el comité
committee, or council Scoutreach                Scoutreach del concilio. El comité debe
committee. The committee should include at      incluir al menos una persona que esté
least one person who is familiar with the       familiarizada con la prestación de servicios
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serving Hispanic American/Latino families. a las familias hispanoamericanas y latinas.
The Scout executive or a designated staff  El ejecutivo Scout o un miembro designado
member serves as adviser to the committee. del personal sirve como consejero del
                                           comité.
5. The committee screens, prioritizes, and      5. El comité examina, asigna prioridades y
selects worthy nominees. Nominations may        selecciona a los nominados que sean
be submitted to the committee by committee      merecedores. Las nominaciones pueden ser
members, professional staff, or any other       presentados al comité por los miembros del
registered Scouter.                             mismo, el personal profesional o cualquier
                                                otro Scouter registrado.
6. Nominations are then submitted by the        6. Las nominaciones se presentan luego por
local council to the Scoutreach Division at     el concilio local a la División Scoutreach en
the national office. Please allow 60 days for   la oficina nacional. Por favor, espere 60 días
review and consideration of approval by a       para la revisión y consideración de la
national volunteer committee and delivery       aprobación por parte de un comité
of the award. Approval should be received       voluntario nacional y la entrega del premio.
before the award is announced or presented.     La aprobación se debe recibir antes de que
                                                el premio sea anunciado o presentado.
7. Select a highly visible event with an        7. Elija un evento altamente notorio con una
appropriate ceremony to present the award.      ceremonia adecuada para presentar el
Council and district appreciation dinners,      premio. Las cenas de agradecimiento del
annual business meetings, testimonial           concilio y del distrito, las juntas anuales de
dinners, or a major function that the           negocios, las cenas testimoniales o una
recipient is associated with provide            ceremonia importante con la que el
excellent settings for the award                premiado esté relacionado proporcionan
presentation.                                   excelentes escenarios para la presentación
                                                del premio.
8. The presentation might also involve other    8. La presentación podría también
community agencies that are actively            involucrar a otras agencias de la comunidad
involved with serving the Hispanic              que estén involucradas activamente en la
American/Latino community (such as              prestación de servicios a la comunidad
LULAC, National Council of La Raza, or          hispanoamericana y latina (tal como la Liga
U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce).             de Ciudadanos Latinoamericanos Unidos
                                                [League of United Latin American Citizens,
                                                LULAC], el Consejo Nacional de La Raza y
                                                la Cámara de Comercio Hispana de Estados
                                                Unidos).




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                Asian American Spirit of Scouting Service Award

PURPOSE

The purpose of the Asian American Spirit of Scouting Service Award is to recognize
outstanding services by an adult individual or an organization for demonstrated
involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for
Asian American youth.

COUNCIL PROCEDURES

   1. Recipients are approved nationally through nomination by a local council.
      (Councils should use Asian American Spirit of Scouting Service Award
      Nomination Form, No. 11-194. Copies may be obtained from the National
      Distribution Center, 2109 Westinghouse Boulevard, P.O. Box 7143, Charlotte,
      NC 28241-7143.)
   2. The award is presented to people at all levels of the organization (executive
      board, district Scouters, unit personnel) and to people of all races and income
      levels.
   3. The council’s annual quota of awards shall not exceed the number of districts in
      the council. Emphasis is on being selective, with no intention that the full quota
      must be used every year. The quota is noncumulative.
   4. The council president designates a committee to administer the award for the
      council. This may be a special Asian American Spirit of Scouting Award
      committee or the council’s advancement and recognition committee, Silver
      Beaver committee, or council Scout reach committee. The committee should
      include at least one person who is familiar with the Asian American
      community. The Scout executive or a designated staff member serves as adviser
      to the committee.
   5. The committee screens, prioritizes, and selects worthy nominees. Nominations
      may be submitted to the committee by committee members, professional staff,
      or any other registered Scouter.
   6. Nominations are then submitted by the local council to the Scoutreach Division
      at the national office. Please allow 60 days for review and consideration of
      approval by a national volunteer committee and delivery of the award.
      Approval should be received before the award is announced or presented.
   7. Select a highly visible event with an appropriate ceremony to present the award.
      Council and district appreciation dinners, annual business meetings, testimonial
      dinners, or a major function that the recipient is associated with provide
      excellent settings for the award presentation.
   8. The presentation might also involve other community agencies that are actively
      involved with serving the Asian American community (such as the United
      States Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce).

NOTE: Allow two months for national volunteer committee consideration, approval,
and delivery of award.
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                              International Scouter Award



The International Scouter's Award encourages Scouters to broaden their involvement in
Scouting through participation in world Scouting activities and recognizes Scouters for
their contributions to world Scouting.

Applicants must be currently registered adult Scouters of the Boy Scouts of America.

All applicants must receive the approval of their local council's international committee
chairperson or international representative and their council Scout executive.

Requirements
Complete any six of the following, from at least three of the following categories:

  I.   Giving leadership to international Scouting:
        a.   Serve as council international representative, council international
             committee member, or BSA International Committee member for a
             minimum of three consecutive years.
        b.   Serve as a registered adult leader with a Direct Service Cub Scout pack,
             Boy Scout troop, or Venturing crew.
        c.   Serve at least one year in any international Scouting position approved
             by the BSA International Division.
 II.   Giving leadership to international events held in the United States:
        a.   Host Scouts/Scouters (minimum of three visitors per group) from
             another country as part of an official national, council, district, or unit
             activity.
        b.   Serve on the international staff at a national Scout jamboree.
        c.   Assist in the organization of your council's participation in the
             International Camp Staff program. Be responsible for bringing a foreign
             Scout on staff to the council's summer camp program for two summer
             camp seasons.
III.   Giving leadership to international events held in other countries:
        a.   Serve as an adult leader in a BSA contingent to a world Scout jamboree
             or Pan-American Scout jamboree.
        b.   Serve as an adult leader for a group of BSA Scouts participating in an
             event held by a foreign Scout association recognized by the World
             Organization of the Scout Movement. The activity may be an exchange
             program, camp experience, tour activity, or home hospitality function.
        c.   Serve on the international service staff of a world Scout jamboree.
IV.    Educating self and others:
        a.   Attend an international Scout conference at the Philmont Training
             Center. Share what you have learned with others in your council.


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         b.  Promote international Scouting at a district, council, regional, or
             national event.
        c.   Participate in organizing or providing leadership for a BSA Scout
             activity in another country that involves interaction with Scouts from
             that country, such as an exchange program, camping experience, or tour
             activity.
 V.    Giving support to international Scouting:
        a.   Organize a collection for the World Friendship Fund at two district
             and/or council events.
        b.   Become or recruit a member of the Order of the Condor for the
             Interamerican Scout Foundation.
        c.   Become or recruit a Baden-Powell Fellow for the World Scout
             Foundation.




                                  Spurgeon Award




                       Spurgeon Award Lapel Pin and Plaque
Description: Knot is composed of a gold (yellow) knot on a kelly green background
with a gold (yellow) border. Colors were taken from the gold color of the lapel pin and
the kelly green Explorer uniform.

Worn by: Male and Female Scouters

Nominative

The Spurgeon Award is presented to adult Exploring leaders and to businesses and
organizations at both the national and local Council level for service and support
given to the Exploring program. Only the awards presented to individuals wear the
square knot. The award consists of a plaque, tie-tac (for individuals only) and knot
emblem.




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                        Whitney Young Jr. Service Award




             Whitney Young Jr. Service Award lapel pin and plaque


Description: Knot is composed of a black and white knot with a red border. The knot
is worn with the black rope toward the wearer's right.

Worn by: Male and Female Scouters

Nominative

The Young Award is presented to Scouters and to businesses and organizations at both
the national and local Council level for service and support given to the Scouting
program presented in either rural or urban areas of the Council or nationally. Only
the awards presented to individuals wear the square knot. The award consists of a
plaque, tie-tac (for individuals only) and knot. Very Rare.




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                               George Meany Award




                         George Meany Award Medallion

Description: Knot is composed of a bright blue knot on a red and white fully
embroidered background.

Worn by: Male and Female Union Scouters

Nominative

The Meany Award is presented to Scouters and to union organizations at both the
national and local Council level for service and support given to the Scouting program
at either the local Council or national levels... Only the awards presented to
individuals wear the square knot. The award consists of a plaque, a medallion
suspended from a red, white and blue ribbon (for individuals only) and knot. Rare.
There is a question currently being fielded within National as to the future of the
Meany Award square knot; for the present, Scouters have the option of wearing
EITHER the Meany Award square knot emblem OR the Community Service Award
knot emblem (below) to represent the Meany Award -- NOT BOTH.




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                                   Antarctica Award


Description: Medal is same as medal presented to military and civilian personnel. The
medal is gold tone with a man dressed in arctic gear in the center. The square knot is
made up of white rope strands on a light blue background and black border. The square
knot insignia is NOT available through the National Science Foundation (NSF) or the
BSA.

Worn by: Boy/Varsity Scouts, Male and Female Venturers, Male and Female Scouters
NOTE: Medal CAN NOT PRESENTLY be worn on BSA official uniforms per the
BSA's National Uniform and Insignia Committee

The Antarctica Service Medal is awarded to any person who subsequent to 1 January
1946 meets any of the following criteria: a. Any member of the Armed Forces of the
United States or civilian citizen, national, or resident alien of the United States who
participates in or has participated in scientific, direct support, or exploratory
operations in Antarctica under sponsorship and approval of the United States
Government (The National Science Foundation is a federal agency). b. Any member of
the Armed Forces of the United States who participates in flights as a member of the
crew of an aircraft flying to or from the Antarctic Continent in support of operations. c.
Any member of the Armed Forces of the United States or civilian citizen, national, or
resident alien of the United States who serves in an United States ship operating south
of latitude 60 degrees South in support of United States Programs in Antarctica.

The National Science Foundation selects a Scout or Venturer every other year to take
part in an expedition on or near the South Pole. In 1992, the BSA mandated that the
medal may no longer be worn with the official BSA uniforms. However, local Councils
whom have sent representatives have permitted the special medal to be worn formally.
Very Rare award.




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                                 W.T. Hornaday Award

Description: Badge is either Gold, Silver or Bronze, with a beaver on the wearer's
right, a flying bird making the top part of the bar, and a large fish making the left side
of the bar. In the center is a wilderness scene above a small bar with the lettering
"BSA" and below this, on the Silver and Bronze Awards, the lettering "William T.
Hornaday Award". The square knot is made up of green, white and blue strands
intertwined as one rope. Ends showing blue tips are worn to wearer's right.

Worn by: Boy/Varsity Scouts, Male and Female Venturers, Male and Female Scouters

The William T. Hornaday Award recognizes Scouts, Venturers and Scouters for their
service to conservation and ecology efforts in their communities. Prior award holders
only earned a gold version of the Silver Award medal, and were instructed to wear the
Badge in the same manner and location as other square knots. Present Bronze and
Silver Medalists now wear the square knot; present Gold Medallion holders may wear
the Gold Badge or the square knot; and those whom have earned the Badge as a group
(Den, Patrol, Crew or Squad), may wear the Badge. To earn the Hornaday Award as
an individual, youth members must earn a series of merit badges followed by a
concentrated series of conservation and/or environmental education projects to be
conducted in the member's community or nearby, under the advisement of a trained
conservation, naturalist, or environmental engineering expert. The present adult Gold
Award is nominative in nature, and extends over at least a ten-year span of working in
or with conservation or environmental education/reclamation efforts in the community,
state or nation. Bronze and Silver Awards are Rare. Gold Awards are Very Rare.




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                                    Merit Medal

Description: Knot is composed of blue and gold ropes, with the blue end worn to
wearer's right.

Worn by: Cub Scouts, Boy/Varsity Scouts, Male and Female Ventures, Male and
Female Scouters

The Merit Medal honors Scouts, Venturers and Scouters that have performed some act
of meritorious service above and beyond what is normally expected of a youth or adult
member of the Boy Scouts of America. Key in the difference between this award and
the heroism awards is that the action need not involve saving life, but must employ
some aspect of Scouting learning or skills in the execution. Very Rare.




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                                    Heroism Award
Description: Red square knot on white background with white border. Knot was
previously used on Sea Explorer white uniforms to represent the Honor Medal. Colors
correspond to red, white and red ribbon on medal.

Worn by: Cub Scouts, Boy/Varsity Scouts, Male and Female Ventures, Male and
Female Scouters

The Heroism Medal is presented to those that save live at little or no personal risk. In
the past, those persons would receive a Certificate of Heroism from the local Council.
Today, those previous holders of Certificates of Heroism as well as present Scouts,
Venturers or Scouters are honored with the present Medal. Very Rare.




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                         Honor Medal Honor Medal knot
                                     With Crossed Palms

Description: Knot is composed of two red ropes. Difference between old and new knot
is only background in which worn on field uniform.

Worn by: Cub Scouts, Boy/Varsity Scouts, Male and Female Venturers, Male and
Female Scouters

The Honor Medal is presented to those for life saving at some personal risk or to those
whom died while attempting to save life. In very exceptional cases, the Medal is
presented with crossed bronze palms, to Scouts, Venturers and Scouters whom risked
their life at a great personal risk. Holders of the Honor Medal with Crossed Palms
place the Palms in the center of the Honor Medal square knot informally. Very Rare.




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                   William D. Boyce New-Unit Organizer Award

Description
The William D. Boyce New-Unit Organizer Award is presented to recognize
volunteers who organize one or more traditional Scouting units. The award may be
worn on the adult uniform. The award is a square knot placed over the three colors
representing the three phases of our program—Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and
Venturing. A volunteer can earn the knot by organizing one traditional unit, and a
program device can be earned for up to three additional units organized.
The award recognizes volunteers for organizing traditional units after March 1, 2005.

The award is administered by the Relationships Division and will be presented by the
local council.

Requirements:
   1. With the approval of the district committee chair, the volunteer serves as the
      organizer and completes the successful organization of one new traditional unit
      (Cub Scout pack, Boy Scout troop, Varsity team or Venturing crew).
   2. The volunteer organizes the unit by following all procedures as published in the
      “New Unit Organization Process” (No. 34196), particularly ensuring that new
      unit leadership is trained, a program for the new unit is organized and in
      operation, the new unit committee is functioning, a unit commissioner is
      assigned, all paperwork for the new unit is completed and processed, and the
      unit charter is presented to the chartered organization.
   3. The Boy Scouts of America realizes that quite often several individuals help to
      organize a new unit. However, for this award, only one volunteer can be
      recognized as the organizer for a new unit.
   4. To further recognize the volunteer’s effort for organizing additional new units,
      a program device can be earned and worn on the new-unit organizer knot. The
      program device represents the type of unit organized (a Cub Scout pack, Boy
      Scout troop, Varsity team, or Venturing crew.) The knot and up to three
      program devices may be worn in recognition for organizing up to four new
      traditional units. Multiple program devices for organizing units in the same
      program may be earned and worn.
   5. The new-unit organization award recognizes volunteers for organizing
      traditional units after March 1, 2005.




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                           James West Fellowship Award




   James West Fellowship Certificate and devices for knot emblem (shown left

Description: Knot is composed of green and gold ropes, with the green end worn
toward the wearer's right... Device, if presented, is worn centered on knot emblem

Worn by: Male and Female Scouters, youth members

The James West Fellowship Award is presented through a local Council to any
individual that gives $1000 or more to the local Council's West Fellowship Fund (local
Councils have differing names for this special pool) on behalf of him/herself, or
another individual to be honored or recognized through membership within the West
Fellowship. The money goes to support critical local Council and national programs
which have suffered major losses due to diversion of funding for national-level
resolutions of risk-management issues. Only registered Scouters or youth members
receive and wear the square knot; all contributors receive special invitations to local
Council and national West Fellowship Dinners, special publications, and a certificate
in addition to some local Council plaques and other items.

The BSA endowment recognition program also includes these two awards: The 1910
Society, for current gifts of $25,000 or more; and the Founders Circle Award, for
deferred gifts with a minimum value of $100,000.

The James E. West Fellowship Award embroidered square-knot insignia (shown at left)
is worn above the uniform left shirt pocket, indicating a Scouter is a James E. West
fellow. Membership in the other two endowment programs is indicated by wearing a
device on the same knot: the 1910 Society (BSA Supply No. 19118) or the Founders
Circle (Supply No. 00929).


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                           BSA Speakers Bank Award

The BSA Speakers Bank is a national resource for volunteers and executives
that provides BSA speakers with a centralized resource of speech templates,
topics, and other presentation tools for use at the local, regional, and national
levels. This asset will serve as a critical component as we re-introduce
Scouting to communities across America. The Speakers Bank came into
existence at the request of CSE Mazzucca the summer of 2007. The fall of
2007 we began the soliciting of Scout Executives for speakers for our speakers
bank. Currently as of January 1,2009 we have 1601 speakers in our speakers
bank.

Requirements
After a registered speaker conducts a minimum of 20 speeches and provides
feedback, the speaker will receive a knot.

Any speech that is not a training speech is applicable to the speakers bank.

Methods:
Express your interest to your District Executive or call your Scout Executive.
Only Scout Executives can enter speakers however,Website=
www.speakers.scouting.org
At this website is resource information (such as fact sheets, brochures,
research reports, etc) as well as links to other useful BSA web pages.
We also have speech templates covering various subject matter such as
volunteerism, supporting scouting, faith and scouting, to name just a few.

Speakers can only be placed in the Speakers Bank by the Scout Executive of
the council you are registered through. The only information needed to enter
the speaker is their person ID from their registration information and an email
address for contact. All contact is done via email.

Within 48 hours of entering the speaker the speakers bank database sends an
automatic email to the speaker welcoming them and giving them some basic
information.

Within 10 days of that time frame each speaker is sent a welcome letter from
the CSE, a speakers lapel pin, speakers certificate and directions on how to list
their speeches, etc.

Speakers can email speakers.bank@scouting.org for information or assistance
with anything relating to Scouting..




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Once you are in the speakers bank you are provided information on how to log
your speeches. We ask for date, audience (rotary, FOS, church), number in
attendance, any audience comments, subject matter (volunteering, donation, ).

Recognition
Knot recipients will receive recognition at the National Annual Meeting




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           Philmont Training Center Masters Award




This is a three track program.
When a Scouter has completed the the first track, he/she would earn a Philmont
Training Center Conference Patch.
After completing the second track, the Scouter would earn the square knot.
By completing the third track the Scouter would earn the PTC square knot device.

Requirements

All actions for the Philmont Training Center Masters Track Square Knot must be
completed after June 1, 2008.
Any courses taken prior this date will not be counted.

   A. First Track:
       Attend Philmont Training Center (PTC) as a participant.

   B. Second track: (Complete all three items)
          1. Take an additional Course at PTC.
          2. Recruit at least 3 people to attend a PTC course.
          3. Teach a BSA course in your district, council, area or region.
             (The course and participation in the course must be approved by the
             council or area training chair prior to working on the course.)

   C. Third Track: (Complete all three items)
          1. Serve as a faculty member on a PTC course
             OR
             Attend an additional training course as a participant.
          2. Recruit at least 3 people who attend a PTC course.
          3. Coordinate a Council, Area or Regional Cluster approved training event
             AND one of the following three items :
                A. Coordinate and staff a promotional booth for the PTC at a
                    council event.
                B. Conduct a council “Philmont Family Meeting” to share PTC
                    information and encourage family participation.
                C. Teach a training course in a foreign county- Coordinated and
                    approved by the BSA International Division.

Upon the completion of Track 2 the participant should contact the Philmont
Training Center by letter to request the needed verification to purchase the
square knot and for his/her certificate.



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                                 Silver World Award




Description: Blue globe with three stars on red and white striped background with
dark green border. Emblem is worn with two stars to wearer's right. Colors correspond
to red, white striped ribbon on medal.

Worn by: Individuals whom have been presented this award by the Chief Scout
Executive, National President, International Commissioner BSA, or other designated
person.

Nominative

The Silver World Award was originally designed for presentation to adults for
distinguished service to youth on a national or international scale, and who are not
registered members of the BSA. The Chief Scout Executive, National President and the
BSA's International Commissioner had the group authority to authorize the award to
anyone that they chose. This created several situations whereby the Silver World
Award was indeed awarded to BSA Scouters. The awards were suspended between
1994 and 2000 by action of the National Executive Board until narrower requirements
for the awarding of the medal is made which will be released this fall. It is estimated
that of the 57 or so Scouters whom were presented the award for international service
to the BSA's Scouting programs, that more than half were presented to Scouters
belonging to the Direct Service Council, the Canal Zone Council, or to a stateside
local Council. Very Rare.




                                Silver Buffalo Award
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Description: Square knot consisting of red and white ropes, with red rope worn
toward wearer's right.

Worn by: Male and Female Scouters.

Nominative

The Silver Buffalo Award is awarded upon action of the National Executive Board of
the Boy Scouts of America to volunteers Scouters and other individuals for service to
youth on a national basis or over a significant period of national service to a youth
agency or in actions affecting youth. The Silver Buffalo Award is the traditional award
presented to the Honorary President of the Boy Scouts of America sometime during his
term of office. Very Rare.




                                   Silver Antelope




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Description: Knot is composed of orange and white ropes, with orange rope worn
toward wearer's right. Difference between old and new knot is only background in
which worn on field uniform.

Worn by: Male and Female Scouters

Nominative
The Silver Antelope Award is presented upon action of the Regional Executive Board
of one of the BSA's four Regions for service to youth within the Region or for longtime
service to youth by a registered Scouter residing within that Region. Rare.




                                 Silver Fawn Award




Silver Fawn Award, was presented to female Cub Scouters and other female BSA
members for a brief period of time. This award was discontinued in 1974 and those
Silver Fawn holders were given the option to convert their Silver Fawn Award to the
Silver Beaver Award. Many did not convert their award. The square knot insignia for
both Silver Beaver and Fawn is the same as shown to the far left. Career (professional
and professional-technical) members of the Boy Scouts of America may receive the
Silver Beaver Award upon concurrence of the Council Scout Executive and the
Deputy Chief Scout Executive, BSA, for their roles as volunteer Scouters only. They
may not be recommended for this award based upon any aspect of their professional
service to youth or the local Council.




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