Meritous Service Knots

These knots denote service at various levels of scouting which generally go above and beyond what would normally be expected.

Unit Leader Award of Merit

Award Requirements:

  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.

Use this Unit Leader Award of Merit nomination form.

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 and Oath.

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

Distinguished Commissioner Service Award

The Distinguished Commissioner Service Award is presented to unit, Assistant District, District, Assistant Council, and Council Commissioners whom have served activily 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.

Click here to download a fact sheet and a list of the requirements.

Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service Award

The Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service Award is presented to Arrowmen 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 Arrowmen receiving this award were youth members serving as leaders at the Sectional, Regional or National level. Most adult Arrowmen receiving this award have served as Arrowmen for an extended period of time, normally more than ten years.

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

District Award of Merit

The District Award of Merit is awarded by a District Committee to a registered Scouter for district-level service to youth in the District. Generally, the award is presented for service to youth in excess of five years.

If you feel you know of someone deserving, then click here to download a nomination form. Fill it out, and turn it in to your District Training Chair. Self-nomination automatically disqualifies a candidate.

Silver Beaver (Council-level Award of Merit)

The Silver Beaver Award is presented upon action of a Council Executive Board for service to youth within the Council. Generally, the Silver Beaver is awarded for service to Scouting for at least ten years or longer.

If you feel you know of someone deserving, then click here to download a nomination form. Fill it out, and turn it in to your District Training Chair. Self-nomination automatically disqualifies a candidate.

Silver Antelope (Regional-level Award of Merit)

The Silver Antelope Award is presented upon action of the Regional Executive Board of one of the BSA's four Regions for longtime service to youth within the Region.

If you feel you know of someone deserving, then click here to download a nomination form. Fill it out, and turn it in to your District Training Chair. Self-nomination automatically disqualifies a candidate.

Silver Buffalo (National-level Award of Merit)

The Silver Buffalo Award is awarded upon action of the National Execuitve 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.

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

Silver World (International-level Award of Merit)

The Silver World Award is presented by the BSA to world citizens who give outstanding service to their nation's youth or to young people in other countries. Award recipients must be citizens of countries whose Scout associations are members of the World Scout Conference. United States citizens may receive the recognition only if they are not registered members of the Boy Scouts of America.

There are no specific requirements for this award, and there is no form to fill out. If you feel you know of someone deserving, then write a detailed letter of nomination, explaining what you believe are this person's qualifications, and why you think they should recieve this award. Then turn your nomination letter into your local Scout Executive for processing. Self-nomination automatically disqualifies a candidate.

 

Scoutreach Service Award Knots

These knots are for outstanding service to Scoutreach units.

Whitney Young, Jr. Service Award

The purpose of the Whitney M. Young Jr. 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 youth from rural or low-income urban backgrounds—this is in fulfillment of Dr. Young's dream of justice and equality for all.

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

Asian American Spirit of Scouting Service Award

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.

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

Scouting...Vale la Pena! Service Award

The purpose of the ¡Scouting…Vale la Pena! 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 Hispanic American/Latino youth.

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