Recognition and Awards

International Scouter's Award

This award recognizes Scouters for their contribution to world Scouting. Applicants must be currently registered adults and must receive the approval of their council's, international committee chairperson or representative and council Scout executive. Once approved, applicants will receive a beautiful wall certificate and the newly designed knot for their uniform. Applications for this award are available through Direct Service or can be downloaded online.


Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor Nominations

Alertness to the needs of others is the mark of the Vigil Honor. It is a high mark of distinction and recognition reserved for those Arrowmen who, by reason of exceptional service, personal effort, and unselfish interest, have made distinguished contributions their lodge, the Order of the Arrow, or Scouting. Under no circumstances should tenure in Scouting or the Order of the Arrow be considered as reason enough for a Vigil Honor recommendation.
After two years of service as a Brotherhood member, and with the approval of the National Order of the Arrow Committee, a Scout may be recognized with the Vigil Honor for outstanding service to Scouting, his lodge, and the community. This honor is bestowed by special selection and is limited to one person for every 50 members registered with the lodge each year.
The Vigil Honor Petition form No. 24-114 may be obtained through Direct Service. When submitting a petition, it is necessary to inform the lodge of who sat on the selection committee and their OA status. In order to qualify, the nominee must have been Brotherhood for 2 years from the date of selection of Vigil nomination.


Silver Beaver Award

The Boy Scouts of America, acting through the National Court of Honor, may award the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to youth. This award may be made each year upon nomination of the local council. The award is made for noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth by registered adult Scouters.

Written nomination for the Silver Beaver Award should be submitted to International Division. In each case, the information should be factual and build a record for the individual that seeks recognition with the Silver Beaver Award. Nominations will be reviewed in February and October each year. Forms for nominations are due in the International Department office two weeks prior to each review month. Service and achievement must be beyond the ordinary routine, expected standards of service will not suffice.

Silver Beaver applications are available from International Division or can be downloaded online.

District Award of Merit

Direct Service may confer the District Award of Merit to adult Scouters for noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth within a district territory. It may be made each year.

Written nomination for the District Award of Merit Award should be submitted to Direct Service. In each case, the information should be factual and build a record for the individual that seeks recognition with the District Award of Merit Award. Nomination should be received on or before April 1 of each year. Service and achievement must be beyond the ordinary routine, expected standards of service will not suffice.


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