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Awards for length of service

Length of service awards are available to Members and Associate Members of the Association with eligible roles that accrue service, uniformed or not (with the exception of occasional helpers).

Roles that are eligible for length of service while holding an adult appointment as a member of the UK Scout Association counts towards the service awards. This does not cover service held in a youth role such as a Rover Scout (or Mate) or Scout Network. However, if an adult appointment were held concurrently, this service would count.

Service in the Association is recognised by the Chief Scout’s Length of Service Award at 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60 and 70 year intervals. A certificate and either a cloth emblem or brooch with a white knot and corresponding green number is available.

All recipients are initially issued with a cloth emblem, however we will exchange this for a brooch on the return of the unwanted cloth emblem with a covering letter including the return address.

If a Member requires extra badges for spare shirts, these may be ordered from Scout Shops. They will check with the Reward and Recognition Team that the award is held on Compass before they can complete the order.

Length of Service will be automatically calculated based on the start and end dates for eligible roles that are recorded on members’ Compass profiles. In order that members receive the correct Length of Service awards, it will be important to ensure that members’ role history is up to date and any historical service is added to their records, where possible.

The awards, certificate and cloth emblems are sent to the District Commissioner, unless the current appointment is a County/Region (Scot)/Area role, then it would be sent to the County/Region (Scot)/Area Commissioner.

As part of the ongoing work to improve the data quality in Compass, a data fix has been implemented in July 2017 to add Length of Service awards that were awarded before August 2016 to member’s records. Members can view their awards on Compass from the “Awards” tab on their profile page.

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