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The Scout Association Awards

At the Scouts we want to thank all our volunteers for their contribution to Scouting - it's an important way to make sure people stay with us and to recognise their achievements.

Awards are a wonderful way to celebrate the achievements of members and recognised volunteers in your team. You can use an award to recognise:

  • gallantry and meritorious conduct
  • outstanding and excellent service
  • long service

But formal awards are just one way to say thanks! For more ideas on other ways to say thank you, please click here.

If you have an award and would like an additional emblem or replacement these can be purchased from Scout Stores. You will need to provide your membership number so we can ensure you are eligible to purchase these items.

Getting in touch

If you have any further queries or questions about awards, please click here to meet the Awards Team and find out how to contact them.


The Awards

In Scouting we have various Awards to recognise achievement. On this page you will find a quick summary of each award but you can also download the following documents:


Good Service Awards

These awards are typically for members and associate members who have completed relevant training for their roles, within required time frames and who have consistently given service over and above that which is expected within their role.

The six Good Service Awards are:


The Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service is given in respect of not less than 5 years good service, which stands out. It should be regarded as the Chief Scout's recognition of the very real contribution made to the Association by the individual concerned.


The Award for Merit is given for outstanding service. It implies keen, conscientious, imaginative and dedicated service over a sustained period, of at least 12 years duration (exceptionally 10).


The Bar to the Award for Merit may be awarded after at least five years of further outstanding service after receiving the Award for Merit.


The Silver Acorn is awarded after at least 20 years’ service, which should be specially distinguished and appreciably better than outstanding.


The Bar to the Silver Acorn may be awarded only after a Silver Acorn and for at least a further five years of similarly distinguished service.


The Silver Wolf is the unrestricted gift of the Chief Scout and is only awarded for service of a most exceptional nature. It is not normally awarded until at least a Silver Acorn has been previously gained and a further prolonged period of exceptional service has been achieved. In practice, it is seldom awarded for less than 30 years’ service although, because it is the Chief Scout’s unrestricted gift, no length of service is prescribed.

Nominate someone for a Good Service Award


Gallantry Awards

Gallantry awards are considered where an individual has put their own life at risk, whilst undertaking a meritorious act.

These awards are for individual youth and adult members, skills instructors, occasional helpers, administrators and associate members who have conducted themselves with great merit, in the face of personal danger.

Where more than one person is involved in a situation, individual nominations should be made, indicating the specific involvement of individuals, which will each be considered on their own merit.



The Gilt Cross, can be made to any Member, Associate Member, Occasional Helper, Skills Instructor, Administrator, Adviser or Honorary Scouter, for acts of bravery in the face of danger where life has been at moderate risk.

The medal is a red ribbon and emblems or brooches correspond to this.


The Silver Cross, can be made to any Member, Associate Member, Occasional Helper, Skills Instructor, Administrator, Adviser or Honorary Scouter, for acts of bravery in the face of danger where life has been at considerable risk.

The medal is a blue ribbon and emblems or brooches correspond to this


The Bronze Cross,can be made to any Member, Associate Member, Occasional Helper, Skills Instructor, Administrator, Adviser or Honorary Scouter, for acts of bravery in the face of danger where life has been at extraordinary risk.

The medal is a red ribbon and emblems or brooches correspond to this.

Nominate someone for a Meritorious Conduct, Gallantry, Cornwell Scout Badge & Chief Scout's Personal Award


Meritorious Conduct Awards

Meritorious Conduct awards are for individual youth and adult members, skills instructors, occasional helpers, administrators and associate members who have conducted themselves in Scouting with great merit, either under personal duress over a period of time or undertaken actions that are particularly worthy of note. 


Chief Scout's Commendation for Meritorious Conduct, can be made to any Member, Associate Member, Occasional Helper, Skills Instructor, Administrator, Adviser or Honorary Scouter either for acts of bravery in which there has been no risk of life, or for courage and devotion to duty under suffering. It is awarded for meritorious conduct of a high standard.

The medal is a green ribbon with a blue vertical stripe and emblems or brooches correspond to this.


The Medal of Meritorious Conduct, can be awarded to any Member, Associate Member, Occasional Helper, Skills Instructor, Administrator, Adviser or Honorary Scouter either for acts of bravery in which there has been no risk of life, or for courage and devotion to duty under suffering. It is awarded for meritorious conduct of an exceptionally high standard.

The medal is a green ribbon with a red vertical stripe and emblems or brooches correspond to this.

Nominate someone for a Meritorious Conduct, Gallantry, Cornwell Scout Badge & Chief Scout's Personal Award


The Cornwell Scout Badge


The Cornwell Scout Badgeis a rare award that is made to young people in respect of great heroism or pre-eminently high character and devotion to duty coupled with great courage and endurance. Awarded in memory of Scout, John ‘Jack’ Travers Cornwell, who served in the Royal Navy and did not leave his post, aboard HMS Chester; even when grievously wounded.

The Cornwell Scout Badge is only available to a young person, under the age of 25, who has shown themselves to be exemplary role models within Scouting despite the difficulties they have endured.

Nominate someone for a Meritorious Conduct, Gallantry, Cornwell Scout Badge & Chief Scout's Personal Award

The Cornwell Scout Badge has an associated grant for awardees. Please read here for further details.


Chief Scout's Personal Award



The Chief Scout’s Personal Award is awarded by the Chief Scout, in consultation with the National Awards Advisory Group to recognise achievement not covered by the criteria for any other awards.

The Award is available to all persons in Scouting, irrespective of whether they are a youth or adult member or what position they hold. It may be accompanied, where appropriate, with a suitable commemorative item.

To nominate someone for The Chief Scout's Personal Award complete the nomination form below with as much information as possible and pass it to the nominee’s Commissioner or the local Awards Advisory Group (if one is in place).

Nominate someone for a Meritorious Conduct, Gallantry, Cornwell Scout Badge & Chief Scout's Personal Award


Commissioners Commendation



The Commissioner’s Commendation is a local award that can be used by any commissioners to recognise adult and youth members and non-members for their contribution to the Scouts. This award carries no set criteria and is illustrated by a purple knot. This award is worn in the same location on the uniform as other adult awards.

The Commissioners Commendation is a local award to recognise both adults and young people including non-members. The method of presentation is determined locally, although as a commissioner’s award, it is anticipated that the relevant commissioner or a deputy make the presentation of the cloth emblem or brooch. The commissioner decides the reason for the award and then cloth badges, brooches and certificates can be purchased via Scout Store.

Click here to find further information on supporting and approving this award.

To nominate someone for this Award please contact the nominee's Commissioner directly, if you need any support in contacting the Commissioner please contact the Scout Information Centre.



Length of Service Awards



The Chief Scout regularly thanks adult volunteers for their length of service. The young people in Scouting would not have the fun and adventure without them and it is important to recognise the most valuable contribution that all volunteers give, whatever their role. Length of Service is recognised automatically at UKHQ and Districts are sent certificates, and either a cloth emblems or brooches with a white knot and corresponding green number ready for presentation. It is important that a suitable presentation is made and that it this is given some gravitas and gratitude on behalf of the Chief Scout.

All roles in Table 2 Appointments of POR with a minimum membership category of 'Member' or 'Associate Member' are eligible for Length of Service Awards. All roles that are eligible count towards the length of service. This does not cover service held in a youth role including Scout Network however, if an eligible role was held alongside these roles, this service would count.

Service whilst holding adult appointments within the Scouts is recognised by the length of service awards at 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60 and 70 year intervals based on the start dates for roles in Compass. Service need not be continuous.


Thanks Badge



A Thanks Badge may be a suitable local thank you for a short-term valuable piece of work or a longer-term commitment. They can be purchased via Scout Store and is usually presented by Groups/Districts, as a sign of gratitude and appreciation at a suitable ceremony. The Thanks Badge is usually awarded to adults from both within and outside of Scouting, but could, should the occasion warrant it, be awarded to a young person.

The Thanks Badge is intended for presentation to those individuals whose practical support or service to Scouting, usually over a number of years, is considered worthy of special recognition.

Updated: 26/06/2020

 

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