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National Awards

In addition to the program-specific advancements and recognitions, there are a number of national awards available for both youth members and adult leaders.

Silver BeaverThe Silver Beaver Award is the highest national award presented by a local council to individuals for noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth. Each local council may present only a limited number of Silver Beavers each year, which makes this a very prestigious award for those whose record of service to youth is most outstanding!

Awards will be presented at the Annual Council Recognition Dinner.

REQUIREMENTS

  • The nominee for the award must be a registered volunteer Scouter within the Cradle of Liberty Council.
  • The nominee must be 21 years of age or older.
  • The nominee must have rendered noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth within the territory under the jurisdiction of the council.

This award is not given for service solely to a unit or district, nor is it given as recognition for tenure. Service at the council, regional, or national level is required; if there is no such service, the nomination will not be considered.

NOMINATION

This nomination is confidential. To avoid possible disappointment, do not advise the nominee of your action on his/her behalf. The nomination form is available here. Nominations may mailed or delivered to:
Cradle of Liberty Council
1485 Valley Forge Road
Wayne, PA 19087
Attention: Joe Leiss, Silver Beaver Awards

Nominations may also be emailed to Joe Leiss.

Nominations must be received by noon on November 30, 2014.

vla-ribs council_resizedThe Venturing Leadership Award is presented by councils, areas, regions, and the BSA National Council to Venturers who have made exceptional contributions to Venturing and who exemplify the Venturing Code and Oath.

The call for nominations is now open, with nominations due December 15. Awards will be presented at the Annual Council Recognition Dinner.



REQUIREMENTS

Venturing Leadership Award candidates at the Council level must:

  • Be registered and involved in Venturing as a Venturer for at least one year (adults are no longer eligibile for this award).
  • Hold a leadership position or office on the unit, district, or council level.
  • Show exceptional dedication and give outstanding leadership and service to Venturing and to Venturers within the council.

This award is not given for service solely to a unit or district; there should be at least some service at council level or above.

NOMINATION

This nomination is confidential. To avoid possible disappointment, please do not advise the nominee of your action on his/her behalf.  The nomination form is available here. 

The nomination will require a response to these five items.

  1. Leadership positions held related to this award nomination
  2. Other involvement in Venturing
  3. Involvement with other organizations, such as church, clubs, etc.
  4. Awards and recognitions received in Venturing, Scouting, etc.
  5. Provide additional information (200 words or less) explaining why this candidate should receive the Venturing Leadership Award from Cradle of Liberty Council.

Two or three letters of recommendation are also required from school, church, clubs, etc.

It is important that you be as specific as possible. For example, state “Was a Venturer on 2010 Wood Badge staff”, NOT “Has been on Wood Badge staff.”

Nominations are due (postmarked) December 15, 2014

Nominations should be submitted to:
Cradle of Liberty Council
1485 Valley Forge Road
Wayne, PA 19087
Attention: Venturing Leadership Award Committee

If you have any questions, email colventuring@gmail.com.

 

There are numerous awards that can be earned by Scouts, Venturers, and adult Scouters.  Information on many of these awards can be found here.  Please note that some of these awards, such as Lifesaving and Meritorious Awards, Silver Beaver Award, and Venturing Leadership Awards, are selected by or require action by the Council Advancement Committee; additional information on these awards is provided elsewhere on this site.

National awards for lifesaving and meritorious action are made only for outstanding and unusual acts that demonstrate unusual heroism, skill, or bravery and reflect Scouting ideals. Recognition may be given to any member of the Boy Scouts of America, Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturer, or adult leader. There are two levels of awards - Lifesaving Awards and Meritorious Action Awards.

All applications should be submitted to the National Court of Honor through the local council using Recommendation for Lifesaving or Meritorious Action Award.  The National Court of Honor will determine which type of recognition shall be given. Recipients of these awards must have been registered members of the Boy Scouts of America at the time the action was performed. Awards are made in the name of the Boy Scouts of America.

"A Scout is reverent." All Scouts show this by being faithful in their duty to God. Some go further and give special service. This can qualify them for a religious emblem. Such an emblem is not a Scouting award. It is conferred on a Scout by his religious leader. Each faith has its own requirements for earning its emblem.

A complete listing of religious emblems, including contact information for the organizations that offer them, is available here.


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