Religious Knots

These knots are to commermerate earning the religious award for your faith.

Youth Religious Emblem of Faith

This square knot is worn by those whom have earned their religious emblem of faith particular to their own religion as a youth. This award is NOT a BSA award; it is an award administered and presented by a church body for education, service and devotion to faith. BSA then allows the youth or Scouter to wear a knot signifying his completion of that award.

Requirements for this award vary from religion to religion. For more information on the specific requirements of your faith, please click here to visit P.R.A.Y.

Adult Religious Service

This square knot is worn by Scouters who have received a religious service emblem or award for their faith. This award is NOT a BSA award; it is an award presented by a church body for education, service and devotion to faith. BSA then allows the Scouter to wear a knot signifying his completion of that award.

Requirements for this award vary from religion to religion. For more information on the specific requirements of your faith, please click here to visit P.R.A.Y.



Community Service Knots

These knots represent community involvement outside of scouting.

William H. Spurgeon III Award

Note: Background can be black or dark green

The William H. Spurgeon III Award is the highest recognition for individuals and organizations contributing significant leadership to the Exploring program. Although the award may be awarded to an organization, on the direct-contact adult is entitled to wear the knot.

If you feel you know of someone deserving, then click here to download a nomination form. Candidates for this award must be nominated. Self-nomination disqualifies the candidate.

George Meany Award

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.

If you feel you know of someone deserving, then click here to download a nomination form. Self-nomination automatically disqualifies a candidate.

William T. Hornaday Award

The William T. Hornaday Award recognizes Scouts, Venturers and Scouters for their service to conservation and ecology efforts in their communities. 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.

Click here to download a Progress Record application card for this award. When you complete the card with all necessary signatures, turn it in to your District Training Chair at the next Roundtable meeting.

Community Organization Award

This square knot is worn by those whom have received an award from en external community organization, specifically recognized by the BSA's Relationships Division, while serving as an adult member of the BSA. This award is NOT a BSA award; it represents an award presented by some other community service, fraternal, corporate or governmental organization to one of its members for making significant contributions toward the education, service and/or devotion to youth through scouting. In recognition of being a recipient of one of these awards, BSA then allows you to sew this knot on your uniform.

There are currently twelve awards which fall into this classification. Eleven of them wear the Community Organization Award knot:

  1. Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Marvin M. Lewis Award
  2. Masonic Daniel Carter Beard Scouter Award
  3. Veterans of Foreign Wars Scouter's Achievement Award
  4. American Legion Scouting Award
  5. Department of Defense-United States Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
  6. Alpha Phi Omega Herbert G. Horton Youth Service Award
  7. International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians Cliff Dochterman Award
  8. Ruritan National Service Clubs Scout Leader Community Service Award
  9. United States Power Squadrons, Raymond A. Finley, Jr. Sea Scout Service Award
  10. National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Boy Scout Volunteer Award
  11. AMVET Boy Scouts of America Youth Outreach Award
  12. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Good Turn Service Award
  13. Military Order of the World Wars
  14. AFL/CIO George Meany Award
  15. Lions Club Scouting Service Award
  16. Nonprofit Leadership Alliance H. Roe Bartle Training Award
  17. Philmont Staff Association, Silver Sage Award
  18. Woods Services, Woods Services Award for Scouting With Special Needs

The fourteenth, 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. Occasionally, a recipient of the Meany Award, at their discression, they may choose to wear the more generic Community Organization Award knot instead of the specific Meany knot, but they may NOT wear both (unless, of course, they happen to be a recipient of BOTH the Meany, and one of the other eleven recognized community organization awards).

How to get the square knot: It's simple.  Once a volunteer has been recognized with one of the 18 approved awards above, just take documentation of having received that award such as a certificate, letter, medal, etc. to a scout shop to purchase the square knot, no. 613864. 

James E. West Service Award

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.

After you have made the contribution click here to download a nomination form, fill it out, collect the necessary signatures, and turn it in to your council office. If you know of a scouter who made this contribution to their local council, but for whatever reason did not fill out a form to nominate themselves for this award, you may also fill out a form to nominate them and turn it in to the council office on their behalf.

William D. Boyce New-Unit Organizer Award

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.

If you feel you know of someone deserving, then click here and fill out the form and turn it in to the District Committee Chair. You may nominate yourself for this award by simply downloading the form, filling it out, and turning it in to your District Committee Chair.

International Scout Award

This award encourages Scouters to broaden their involvement in Scouting through participation in World Scouting activities and recognizes Scouters for their contributions to world Scouting.

Click here to download a Progress Record application card for this award. When you complete the card with all necessary signatures, turn it in to your District Training Chair at the next Roundtable meeting.

BSA Speaker Bank  - retired

In order to spread the message of Scouting, the BSA is maintaining a list of officially registered speakers to get the word out about Scouting. After a registered speaker conducts a minimum of 20 speeches and provides feedback, the speaker will receive a knot. Knot recipients will receive recognition at the National Annual Meeting.

There is nothing else to do. If you are a registered BSA Speaker, and you give 20 speaches and then fill out the feedback, you will automatically be awarded this knot. Click here for a link to the official BSA Speaker's website.