There are two main ways to recognize Scouting volunteers – formal
and informal. Scouting awards can be earned by adults for tenure and
training completion. There are also special awards presented
through a competitive nomination process at the district, council and national
Informal thank yous can be done at any time. Plaques, certificates, and other recognition items
available for sale through BSA Scout Shops locally and online, as well as through other retailers.
Many Scouting groups simply create
their own, making cards and certificates or t-shirts and other items,
often signed by youth members. Such recognitions, reflecting the
creativity of youth members and other volunteers, can be the most
Formal Recognitions - Earned
Presented for every five years of registration.
You may count years of membership as both a youth and adult. Applications are submitted to our council office.
Training Awards and Keys
Presented for tenure, training, and
performance in leadership roles in Scouting units and districts.
The requirements vary based on position, with a required tenure of at least
one year for Cub Scout Den Leaders awards and two years for the
rest. Training Keys may be presented to the primary unit leader
positions of Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Coach, Advisor, Skipper and
district operating committee chair meeting additional tenure and
Formal Recognitions - Nominated For
District Award of Merit
Presented for noteworthy service to youth
inside and outside of Scouting, as well as the nominee's Scouting
position and their outstanding service beyond the expectations of that
Scouting role within their district. The number of awards is limited
annually to one for every 25 Scouting units in a district.
Silver Beaver Award
Presented for noteworthy service of
exceptional character to youth by registered Scouting volunteers,
within our council's territory. The number of awards is
limited annually to one for every 60 units in a council.
Lifesaving and Meritorious Action Awards
Presented to leaders for
saving, attempting to save a life, or performing an outstanding act of
service of exceptional character that reflects an uncommon degree of
concern for the well-being of others.