Adult Recognition Awards

The council will award the Distinguished Service Star to deserving Scouters who have rendered unusual and distinguished service to Scouting for a period of fifteen or more years, typically not earlier than seven years after receipt of the Silver Beaver. The council will typically award at least one-fourth of these awards to unit Scouters (unit leaders, assistant leaders/den leaders, or committee members) in recognition of the fundamental role that unit leaders play in delivering Scouting and Venturing to our youth. 


The council may award up to one Distinguished Service Star for every two hundred and fifty registered units. Any person may nominate a Scout or Scouter for selection by the council awards committee. 

The Silver Beaver was introduced in 1931 as a pin-on medal, but due to the heavy weight of the medallion it was switched over to a neck ribbon in mid-1932.  A blue-white-blue ribbon bar was introduced in 1934 for informal uniform wear. In 1946, ribbon bars were replaced by the current knot insignia.

The Silver Beaver was initially awarded only to men. The Silver Fawn Award, an equivalent for women, was awarded starting in 1971. It used the same knot insignia, but on a blue background, as women were mostly involved in Cub Scouting during this period. The Silver Fawn was discontinued and the Silver Beaver began to be awarded to women in 1974. A total of 2,455 Silver Fawns were awarded to outstanding women for support of Cub Scouting before the award was discontinued in 1974.

As this is a council BSA award, it is conceivably possible for a person to receive this award multiple times from different councils. It is believed that 12-16 people are double-recipients of the Silver Beaver in this manner. There is no record of a triple-recipient


The Silver Beaver Award is the council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Upon nomination by their local Scout council and with the approval of the National Court of Honor, recipients of this award are registered adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council.  The Silver Beaver is an award given to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service. It is given to those who do not actively seek it.

The council will award the Meritorious Service Star to deserving Scouts and Scouters who have rendered unusual and meritorious service to Scouting for a period of at least three to five years.  The council will typically award at least one-third of these awards to unit Scouters (unit leaders. Assistant leaders/den leaders, or committee members) in recognition of the fundamental role that unit leaders play in delivering scouting to our youth. The council may award up to one Meritorious Service Start for every fifty registered units.

The District may specifically nominate two individuals from their district to receive this award, one of whom should be a unit Scouter.  These nominees will receive special consideration.  Any person is encouraged to nominate a deserving Scout or Scouter.  The council awards committee will consider all nominations.

The District Award of Merit is a council award presented by districts in the same manner that the Silver Beaver is a national award presented by councils. 

The award is available to Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature at the district level.

The award is made available annually on the basis of 1 for each 25 scouting units or fraction thereof.  The district need not present all the awards to which it is entitled each year. 

The Scouter can only receive this award once.


1. A nominee must be a registered Scouter. 

2. A nominee must have rendered noteworthy service to youth in Scouting, outside Scouting, or both. 

Note - The nature and value of “noteworthy service to youth” may consist of a single plan or decisions that contributed vitally to the lives of large numbers of youth or it may have been given to a small group over an extended period of time. 

3. Consideration must be given to the nominee’s Scouting position and the corresponding opportunity to render outstanding service beyond the expectations of that Scouting position. 

4. The nominee’s attitude toward and cooperation with the district and/or council is to be taken into consideration. 


The family is an important part of Scouting. Family support for each youth is vital to his or her success in Scouting. Those parents who volunteer as leaders are a vital support for other kids as well as their own.

The extra effort that parents put forth as leaders, in addition to their family responsibilities, deserve to be recognized. But when the whole family is involved in Scouting, they deserve recognition all the more.

The Family of the Year award is a way to honor these families by selecting, from those nominated, the family whose work as a team in Scouting has made the greatest difference in our community.



This is given to the scouter who exemplifies the Scout Oath and Law in scouting and in everyday life. This individual goes above and beyond a job description to make a large positive difference in the unit, district or council. The recipient may be active in any position in the scout program.




Cub Scout Hall of Fame

BSA Scout Hall of Fame 

Varsity Scout Hall of Fame

Venturing Hall of Fame 

Order of the Arrow Hall of Fame

Commissioner Hall of Fame

District Committee Hall of Fame

Unit Committee Hall of Fame


Hall of Fame awards are given to adults who have played an active role in the District for at least five years. They have consistently supported scouting and would be readily recognized by those around them as a good example on how their duties should be fulfilled. For example, a Scouter (Unit or District) who is on top of things every month and is actively promoting Scouting spirit among the adults, or who not only ensures the program happens, but has adults and boys excited about the program, or who is ready to volunteer for anything and follows through.



The Spark Plug award is presented to a Unit, District or Council scouter who has made positive differences in a short amount of time. The Spark Plug exemplifies the Scout Oath and Law in their daily life and goes above and beyond the call of duty to spark the enthusiasm most in your unit. This is the person who always helps with a smile, makes one feel good by just being around them, picks one's spirits up, and recharges one's battery! They provide the required "spark" to keep things fun, exciting and moving.


An Eagle Scout, his parents, or any registered BSA volunteer (with the Eagle Scout's permission) may submit his Eagle Scout service project for consideration.

  • The nomination must be submitted to the Awards Recognition committee in which the service project was completed on or before November 1 of each year.

  • The council must email a scanned copy of the winning Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook - including attachments –



  • Project planning

  • Effort to develop the project

  • Extent and character of leadership provided by the Scout

  • Extent of achievement of the planned result

  • Project's impact on the beneficiary and/or on the community at large

  • Originality of the project

  • Time and materials contributed

  • Level of skill employed to complete the project

  • Whether the project will have long lasting impact

The Cub Scout of the Year Award will be presented to the Cub Scout that shows enthusiasm, and a genuine interest in and knowledge of Cub Scouting.  This Cub Scout must understand his general appearance and the importance of his uniform as it pertains to scouting. They need to have a pleasant personality, politeness, and the ability to talk with adults for his age and skill level.

The Boy Scout of the Year award will be handed out to the Boy Scout who demonstrates enthusiasm, and knowledge in scouting in general. 


Instrumental enthusiasm and knowledge of scouting in general

  • Maturity and the ability to talk and work with adults

  • Leadership abilities 

  • Pleasant personality 

The Venture Scout award is presented to the scout that has enthusiasm and knowledge of Venturing.  They must show maturity, attitude, and the ability to talk and work with adults.  This Venture Scout must have leadership abilities to qualify. Does this nomination exemplify the meaning of the Venturing Code? What contributions has this person made to Venturing program? 


Service Star
Silver Beaver Award
Award of Merit
of the Year
of the Year
Eagle Scout Project
of the Year
Hall of Fame Awards
Spark Plug Award
Service Star
Cub Scout
of the Year
BSA Scout Scout
of the Year
Venture Scout
of the Year

These award are given by council and the dealine for submission has passed