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Service Awards


  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.

  Commissioner Award of Merit

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 Commissioners' Award of Merit is presented to unit, Assistant District, District, Assistant Council, and the Council Commissioner that 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. The award consists of a plaque and boloties for informal wear. Member's of Exploring's Service Teams at the Council and District/Division level are also eligible for this award.

  District 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 Exploring Division to volunteer and professional adults for service to youth in the District or Division. Normally, the award is presented for service to youth in excess of five years. A person may receive more than one District/Division Award of Merit, although 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 records of any volunteer or professional earning the Award of Merit in more than two separate Districts or Divisions. Career members of the Boy Scouts of America may receive this award upon concurrance of the Council Scout Executive and the Director of Operations at the National office, BSA.

  George Meany Award

Description: Knot is composed of a bright blue knot on a red and white fully embrodered 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, tie-tac (for individuals only) and knot.

  Order of the Arrow 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 Arrowmen

Nominative

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. 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.

  Silver Antelope Award

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.

  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 319 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. Normallly, the Silver Beaver is awarded for service to Scouting for at least ten years or longer. Career members of the Boy Scouts of America may receive this award upon concurrance of the Council Scout Executive and the Director of Operations at the National office, BSA.

  Silver Buffalo Award

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 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.

  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 originially designed for presentation to adults whom supported the BSA whom 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 have been suspended in 1994 by action of the National Executive Board until narrower requirements for the awarding of the medal is made. It is estimated that of the 40 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.

  William Spurgeon Award

Description: Knot is composed of a gold (yellow) knot on a kelly green background with a gold (yellow) border.

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.

  Whitney Young Jr. Service Award

Description: Knot is composed of a black and white 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.



Square Knot Insignia