Awards and Recognition Process
In 2020, the Dan Beard Council is committed to recognizing the awards both Scouts and Scouters have earned, or have been nominated for, in a more consistent time-frame. Outlined in the Awards Process Sheet is the Awards Process created by the committee to ensure a timely response to all awarded nominations. The awards have been condensed into 4 distinct categories: Unit, District, Council, and National awards, given either monthly, annually, or a date specified by the recipient (once approval for award has been finalized). Awards to be considered can be found on the Awards Central page on scouting.org. Here you can find any award and their requirements and nomination form (if applicable).
Monthly Awards: Units will submit their request to Michelle Byrne. During the last week of each month, monthly awards will be submitted to the Scout Executive for approval. Once approved, the award will be delivered to the unit by the 15th of the following month.
Annual awards: Nominations will be collected and selected by the District or Council/Specific Awards Committee. The district will notify Council and recipients will be logged and awarded by the Council Awards Committee.
Special Awards: Nominations for these awards will be submitted to the Council Awards Committee to be determined whether the award is specific to Council or sent to National for consideration. Once confirmed by the Committee, the award will be sent to the Scout Executive for approval and awarded to the recipient by the Committee. These awards will be acknowledged at the annual Council Award and Recognition Luncheon at Scouting U later in the year.
This is where the most up-to-date information about BSA-affiliated awards may be found, including award applications and nomination forms. Click the button below to download a PDF.
Suggestions for Preparing an Award Nomination*
While each award nomination process is slightly different, the following are suggestions of documents to include in a nomination packet for a Scouting award. These suggestions are intended to provide background that will help the reviewing committee obtain the fullest background on the nominee as they consider the nomination. Without this kind of background, the reviewing committee is sometimes unable to properly consider a nomination and may be unable to support the recognition.
- Review and understand the instructions for nominating a person to receive a specific award. Be sure to include all of the information that the instructions require. Many of the following suggestions are included in the instructions for some of the awards but, including the suggested information, even if not required by the instructions, in any nomination packet will be useful to the reviewing committee.
- Provide a narrative that justifies the nomination, including where the nominee went “above and beyond.” Include specific examples of actions taken by the nominee. For example, words such as: “The nominee is a great leader.” without examples to show the leadership, would not be useful. Importantly, make sure the examples are appropriate for the level of the nomination. For example, for a Council level award, the examples should demonstrate actions beyond the unit level. Similarly, a nomination for an award beyond the Council level should demonstrate activities appropriate for the level of the nomination.
- Obtain letters of recommendation (at least one, not the nominator) from different areas of the nominee’s life to give a more well-rounded view of the nominee. These could include a fellow member of the BSA or a church/community leader.
- List all of Scouting positions held by the nominee; even if the position did not have a title. For example, serving as the chair of a large project should be listed.
- List any involvement outside of the Scouting program (sports, community groups, etc.).
- Provide a list of awards received in Scouting.
*Prepared by the Dan Beard Council Advancement Committee based on the “Sea Scout Leadership Award Informational Packet”.