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Tips and hints on how to write a citation for a Good Service Award application

  • The citation should contain examples and evidence of the contributions given by the nominee and where possible, it is helpful to quantify the benefit derived as a result of the quality of service.
  • It should be explained how the service is special and how well duties have been performed. For example, someone who has been running a good and lively programme will almost certainly show an increase in membership or sustained full membership within their section.
  • For someone who may be Scouting in a deprived area, the citation should mention how the nominee has managed to retain membership despite these difficulties.

    Example of citation received Suggested enhancements
    'John has been Scouting since 1986. His current roles are ADC/County Executive Member and ACCBS, to which he gives 110%.' Expand by showing supporting evidence of effective contributions in each role. A list of appointments and dates is not required, as these should already be recorded on John's membership record.
    'He has been a lead member in the District and County events and puts in many hours of planning.' Examples of what he has done for these events and how well this has been carried out, eg outstanding/specially distinguished or exceptional service.
    'Since his last award, his commitment has grown and if anyone deserves an award, John does. I believe he should be awarded the Silver Acorn.' The first sentence can be used as an introduction, but the rest should be expanded to show examples of the hard work and commitment given.
    'At the beginning of 2008 he took on the role of ACCBS, helping and supporting leaders in the Beaver section. Again John has not taken this job lightly and spends many hours visiting Colonies within the County, which has made him a reliable, worthy, respected and loved team member.' Add another paragraph that highlights John's conscientiousness. Although we can assume that such qualities bring exceptionally good results, the citation does not explicitly say this or point to supporting examples. Ideally this evidence should also be provided.

    All adult members, associate members and in exceptional cases other individuals who have given valuable service to Scouting over a considerable period are entitled to be considered for awards.

Silver Wolf example citation (PDF)
Bar to the Silver Acorn example citation (PDF)
Silver Acorn example citation (PDF)
Silver Acorn example citation 2 (PDF)
Bar to the Award for Merit example citation (PDF)
Award for Merit example citation (PDF)


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