A valuable part of every unit’s advancement program is recognizing Scouts and Scouters for the myriad of other things Scouting has to offer. There are many websites that provide information on the various awards and recognition available, but the official site is Awards Central.
Additionally, the Guide to Awards and Insignia shows you how and where to properly wear each recognition you earn. The guide also covers some special regulations for jamborees, neckerchiefs, head gear, patch trading, and excess insignia.
The council is proud to recognize adult leaders who give their time and energy to Scouting. Click on the awards below to learn more about each recognition.
Leadership and Training Awards
Den Leader Training Award Scouter's Training Award Scouter's Key Unit Leader Award of Merit
Commissioners are district and council volunteer leaders who help units succeed. They coach and consult with Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, and Venturing adult leaders while helping maintain the standards of the BSA. Commissioners oversee the unit charter renewal plan so that each unit re-registers on time, and with the optimum number of youth and adult members.
The following awards are available for commissioners:
Arrowhead Honor Commissioner Award of Distinguished Commissioner Doctorate of Commissioner Excellence Service Award Science
The Veteran Awards recognize any BSA individual member for tenure in Scouting. 5-, 10-, 15-, and 20-year awards are awarded by the local council, while awards for 25 years and more are awarded by the national office; submit application to receive a certificate and option to purchase pin from Scout shop.
The National Alumni Relations Committee is pleased to announce a newly created award: the Alumni Award. The Alumni Award is designed to encourage alumni to actively promote alumni activities in their council. It focuses on accomplishment in the areas of alumni service and development with emphasis on memories, marketing, mentoring, membership, manpower, and money.
The BSA’s definition of alumni is, “everyone positively and personally impacted by the Boy Scouts of America-former Scouts, family members of Scouts past and present, volunteers past and present, community leaders, and the millions of Americans who benefit from Scouting in their communities every day.”
Alumnus of the Year Award
Mighty oaks from little acorns grow…
The Council Alumnus of the Year Award features an acorn, a reminder that Scouts and Scouters plant trees under which they may never sit.
It is in that vein that the award was created as it recognizes those that promote and share the gift of Scouting through their careers, avocations, and their influence.
The Council Alumnus of the Year Award is different than other awards in Scouting as it does not simply recognize the individual for being a distinguished person or honor those giving time and energy to the BSA as a volunteer leader; Scouting already has awards that do that. It is more of a combination between the two.
North Star Award
The National Court of Honor introduces a new award to join the prestigious Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope, and Silver Buffalo awards. This award is for non-Scouters. Councils, areas, regions, and national may use this new award to recognize individuals for significant contributions such as contributing land for a new service center or for the CPA who has served the council for years or for use at a Distinguished Citizen Awards program. This award is on par with the Silver Beaver which recognizes registered Scouters for their distinguished service.
Hardesty Family Foundation
The Helmerich Foundation
The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation
TD Williamson, INC.
The Silver Beaver Award is the council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. It is the highest honor a local council can bestow upon a registered adult leader. The award is intended to acknowledge noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth by registered Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity and Venturing leaders within the territory under the jurisdiction of the local Council.
It is considered the highest award a Boy Scout Council can bestow upon a volunteer Scouter.