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Advancement Updates

  • August 26 Announcemets:

    • Hornaday Awards have been discontinued, effective immediately. They will be replaced - the following awards have been proposed, but not yet approved: 

      • BSA Distinguished Conservation Service award (Bronze and Silver levels).

      • BSA Distinguished Conservation Award

    • Cub Scout advancement: due to COVID-19:

      • Each Den will be able to decide when to move from working on one rank to working on another. There was previously a cut-off of July 31, and that is no longer the case (this provides extra time).

      • Parents may continue to sign off on Webelos and Arrow of Light adventures.

      • There will be updated Cub Scout handbooks for the 2021-22 program year, with updated Adventure requirements.

      • Multi-rank Dens: based on requests from packs, guidance on how to implement a multi-rank Den is forthcoming.

    • Scouts BSA advancement: 

      • PROPOSED (not yet approved): Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class swimming requirements

      • PROPOSED (not yet approved) Camping MB requirement 9b

      • Inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts: deadline remains January 31, 2021 (not being extended)

      • COVID Eagle age deadline extension: the Scouts BSA committee is considering another 3 month extension.

      • Non-COVID Eagle age extension requests: (not yet approved)

    • Venturing Advancement: 

      • Certain restrictions regarding prior credit for Venturers have been changed. Effective immediately, Venturing Advisors have the discretion to give a Venturer credit toward Venturing award requirements for work previously completed by the Venturer while a registered member of a Scouts BSA Troop or a Sea Scout Ship. This change aligns the Venturing advancement program with the Scouts BSA and Sea Scouting advancement programs.  Under the current edition of the Guide to Advancement and the latest printed edition of Venturing Awards and Requirements, a Venturer was required to complete all work on Venturing awards while registered as a Venturer, and Venturing Advisors were not permitted to give credit toward Venturing award requirements for work previously done by a youth in Scouts BSA or Sea Scouts. Neither Scouts BSA nor Sea Scouts have these same restrictions. Except as stated in the temporary transition rules covering first-time members entering Scouts BSA after February 1, 2019, in both Scouts BSA and Sea Scouts, unit leaders are currently able to consider work done in any program when giving credit toward completion of rank or award requirements. To improve consistency within the three programs and to encourage membership in Venturing Crews, Venturers may now receive credit toward Venturing ranks and specialty awards for work completed while registered in a Scouts BSA Troop or a Sea Scout Ship.

      • Another recent update to the Venturing Program is also intended to improve consistency among the different programs within Scouting. Since the adoption of the ALPS model, the Venturing, Discovery, Pathfinder and Summit awards have been referred to as core awards and not as ranks. The National Venturing Committee is also pleased to announce that effective immediately the Venturing, Discovery, Pathfinder and Summit awards will be referred to as Venturing ranks. The Quest, Ranger, and Trust Awards will remain as part of the Venturing program as specialty awards and are not considered Venturing ranks.

Questions about Advancement in the time of Covid-19?

District Advancement Committee Meeting Schedule

Note: In-person meetings are suspended during the Social Distancing mandate - e-mail advancement@tcscouts.org if you need a Board of Review or Eagle project approval. 

  • Fourth Thursday in Sep, Oct, Jan-Apr and Jun- 7:00PM - TC3 - Room 262

  • Third Thursday in Nov, Dec, May- 7:00PM - TC3 - Room 262

  • July meeting is usually at Camp Barton 

  • No August meeting  

The monthly District Advancement Committee meetings will be a "one stop shopping" place for prospective Eagle Scouts to get their projects reviewed and approved, meet with mentors, and have their Eagle Board of Review. The Advancement Committee is also charged with encouraging and coordinating advancement at all program levels (Cub, Scout and Venturing). Each unit is requested to send a representative to the District Advancement Committee - for more information, contact advancement@TompkinsCortlandScouts.org 

Questions on Advancement Policy? 

National HQ publishes the Guide to Advancement, which is the official Boy Scouts of America source on advancement procedures at all levels - Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturing.  

No council, committee, district, unit, or individual has the authority to add to, or subtract from, advancement requirements. There are limited exceptions relating only to youth members with disabilities. 

This publication clearly identifies mandated procedures with words such as “must” and “shall.” Where such language is used, no council, committee, district, unit, or individual has the authority to deviate from the procedures covered, without the written permission of the national Advancement Team. Recommended best practices are offered using words like “should,” while other options and guidelines are indicated with terms such as “may” or “can.” Refer questions on these to your local district or council advancement chairs or staff advisors. They, in turn, may request interpretations and assistance from the national Advancement Team.

There are lots of other resources on Scouting issues on the internet - but it's important to remember, as the Guide (Section says:

Be aware that statements or interpretations offered from unofficial websites and other such sources may be out of date or incorrect. They will not be considered in resolving advancement questions and issues. In situations not specifically covered in this guide, advancement chairs, coordinators, or other administrators should make decisions based on the aims and mission of the Boy Scouts of America, as well as the Scout Oath and Scout Law, other applicable official and current BSA resources—and common sense.

Every unit should have a copy of the Guide - download it from the National Website (PDF - 12MB)
The Guide to Advancement can also be accessed through the web

Cub Scout Advancement

Cub Advancement Requirements:

Scouts BSA Advancement

Scout Advancement Resources 

2019 Changes to Scouts BSA Adancement Requirements

  • There have been a number of changes to merit badge requirements effective in January 2019. These changes affect the following badges:

American Business (completely revised) American Labor (1) Archery (3b; for 5, option A: f1[d], f3; for 5, option B: f1[d], f3; deleted 4f) Bird Study (1, 3, 3a; added 3d; new 6; renumbered existing 6, 7, 8; added 10, 11) Communication (1d) First Aid (1, 5, 8 ) Fly-Fishing (3, 9, 10; added 11) Forestry (2c) Geocaching (7, 8c; deleted 5c, 5d) Golf (1, 7b) Law (11d) Lifesaving (Second Class requirements 5c and 5d) Motorboating (5, 5e, 5f, 5g; added 4h, 4i; deleted 6) Personal Management (2a, 2b, 4b, 4c, 5, 6, 8d, 10a, 10b; added 2c, 2d, 4d, 4e) Railroading (added 8a[8]) Reptile and Amphibian Study (8a, 8b) Rifle Shooting (1f; added 1f[1] and 1f[2; for 2, option C: b, h) Rowing (2) Scouting Heritage (2a) Soil and Water Conservation (added 4e) Woodwork (5, 6). See the US Scouts Service Project website for details.

  • The 14th edition of the Scouts BSA Handbook includes changes to advancement requirements. For example, the number of overnight camping activities required for the First-Class rank was reduced from six to three, and for the Scout Rank, members are no longer required to demonstrate, but must discuss, pocketknife safety to satisfy the requirement. All rank requirements were changed to reflect the name change of the program and to make the requirements gender-neutral. 

  • The text in the corresponding chapters of the handbook was not properly edited to reflect these changes and reflects the old requirements. It is important that troops utilize the requirements listed in the Rank Requirements section of the handbook (pages 441–454). 

  • Positions of Responsibility for Eagle Scout Award: In the latest printing of the Scouts BSA Handbook , the items highlighted in red below were inadvertently left off the list of qualifying positions of responsibility for the Eagle Scout Award. The requirement should read as follows:

    • While a Life Scout, serve actively in your troop for six months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility:
      • Scout troop. Patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader, troop guide, Order of the Arrow troop representative, den chief, scribe, librarian, historian, quartermaster, junior assistant Scoutmaster, chaplain aide, instructor, webmaster, or outdoor ethics guide.
      • Venturing crew President, vice president, secretary, treasurer, den chief, historian, guide, quartermaster, chaplain aide, or outdoor ethics guide.
      • Sea Scout ship. Boatswain, boatswain’s mate, purser, yeoman, storekeeper, crew leader, media specialist, specialist, den chief, or chaplain aide.
      • Lone Scout. Leadership responsibility in your school, religious organization, club, or elsewhere in your community.

To keep up with the latest changes, see the BSA National Program Updates Page and the US Scouting Service Project page for 2019 changes.

Special Transitional Rule for new Scouts joining Scouts BSA 
between February 1 and December 31, 2019
Time Extension for Earning Eagle Scout

On February 1, 2019, the Boy Scouts of America began admitting girls into Scouts BSA. One of the characteristics of Scouting — for over a hundred years — is that no matter when you join, however long you stay, or the rank you attain, the Scouting experience prepares you for life. And for some, the pinnacle of their Scouting experience is achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout. 

The policies of the BSA indicate that, except in extraordinary circumstances, a youth desiring to achieve the rank of Eagle must do so before the youth’s 18th birthday. This will continue to be our policy. 

It is in the interests of the entire BSA, and in fact our nation, that all girls who join the BSA in 2019 should have an opportunity to earn their Eagle badge should they diligently and promptly complete all requirements. Accordingly, after carefully considering recommendations from stakeholders, including feedback from volunteers and professionals, the National Executive Committee o f the Boy Scouts of America has approved the following temporary transition rules regarding extensions for youth over 16 but not yet 18 years of age on February 1, 2019 to complete the requirements for the Eagle Scout award. To preserve the integrity of the Eagle Scout Award, no exceptions to or waivers of any of the requirements for the Eagle Scout Award are permitted under this limited exception, and all requirements must be completed while the individual is a registered member of Scouts BSA, or after achieving the First Class Rank in Scouts BSA (as specified in the BSA Guide to Advancement ).

Since the BSA has determined that the minimum period of elapsed time to complete the requirements of the Eagle Scout rank is approximately 19-20 months, the extension is not available to any youth who is under 16 years of age on February 1, 2019 (as they will have adequate time to ear n their Eagle before turning 18) nor to any youth who has already turned 18 years of age on February 1, 2019 (as they will be ineligible to join Scouts BSA). 

1. Beginning on February 1, 2019, youth 16 years of age or older, but not yet 18, who register as members of Scouts BSA on or before December 31, 2019 may request extensions to complete the Eagle Scout Award requirements after they turn 18 years of age. 

2. Requests for extensions must be received no later than thirty (30) days after turning 18 years of age. Only the National Council may grant extensions. The actual extension will be based upon the individual’s registration date and age at the time of the request and will provide not more than twenty-two months from the date of initial registration to complete all requirements.

3. In the interest of fairness, these temporary transition rules apply to all youth joining Scouts BSA during 2019 – both girls and first-time joining boys.

For more information see the announcement on the BSA National website

"Serve actively ... in ... positions of responsibility" and "Active Participation"

For many years, these phrases in the requirements for the ranks in the Scouts BSA program has been a matter for dispute and inconsistent application. The Guide to Advancement has sections " Positions of Responsibility" and " Active Participation" discussing and defining what does, and does not, count as satisfying these requirements as well as what a unit can, and cannot, do in defining them. Every troop leader should review these sections, and note that the Guide explicitly points out that "must" means must - waivers from something which "must" be done cannot be given by unit, district or council personnel. 

Eagle Scout 

  • Eagle Scout Forms:  Be sure that you are using the very latest forms. You can find the printing year above the barcode on the back of the application. Better yet, always download a new form before you fill one out - you can find the latest forms on the District Forms page

  • Life-To-Eagle Procedures: The Council Advancement Committee have set up the following required procedure for all of the districts in the Baden-Powell Council. 

    • Life to Eagle Training: All Scouts should attend a "Life to Eagle" training session as soon as they earn their Life rank. These training sessions are offered at Roundtables several times a year - watch the District Calendar or Training Page for upcoming dates. 

    • Find a project and get troop approval: 

      • The Scout, with the help of the Scoutmaster, finds a project. 

      • Complete the Eagle Scout Service Project Proposal, pages A thru E, and Eagle Scout Service Project Fundraising Application, page A, found in the Eagle Project Workbook, making sure to collect all signatures except for the District Advancement Chair's.

    • Schedule a meeting to present the project: The Scout then schedules his first meeting with the District Advancement Committee. He should contact the District Advancement Chairman at advancement@TompkinsCortlandScouts.org no later than two weeks before the next Roundtable and make an appointment for that month's Advancement Committee meeting (see District Calendar for times and place).

    • Present the Project Proposal:

      • A Scout should Be Prepared to: 

        • Arrive on time in full uniform with a notebook and pen/pencil to take notes.

        • Bring the completed and signed Eagle Scout Service Project Proposal, pages A thru E, and Eagle Scout Service Project Fundraising Application, page A.
        • Bring enough details, sketches and photos to help the Board fully understand the Service Project concept.
        • Be able to discuss the details of the Service Project Proposal in enough depth that you show the Board the Five Test of an Eagle Scout Service Project, page A, can all be met.
    • Project will be discussed with board

      • Any problems are discussed and explained to the Scout

      • Chairman gives go ahead with project and signs workbook.

      • A Mentor is assigned to Scout.

      • Now - and only now - the Scout can begin work on the project. Don't jump the gun and start work before you get approval!

    • Execute the Project - The Mentor should stays in contact with the Scout, calling every once in a while if they have not heard for the Scout in a while.

    • Once the Project is finished - The Scout should:

      • Collect required signatures for the rest of the packet.

      • Finish project write up and after-action pictures

      • The Troop Committee or Scoutmaster, not the Scout, contacts three of the six references listed on the Eagle Application, secures a sealed confidential letter of recommendation from each of those individuals, and includes them in the Eagle Scout Application package.

      • Once all merit badges are completed, collect all needed signatures on the Eagle Scout Application up to and including Baden-Powell Council certification.

      • Make an appointment for final project review at the next monthly District Advancement Committee meeting

    • Final Project Review (by District Advancement Committee)

      • The Scout should bring all complete project materials as well as blue cards for all merit badges, and be in complete uniform

      • Board gives tentative approval if acceptable, if not the Scout gets feedback and fixes issues and makes new appointment with board

      • If project is acceptable, merit badges are completed, and all paperwork completed the Scout is given his final board of review

    • Final Paperwork Processed - District Advancement Chairman delivers all paperwork to office including Eagle Application  (link to National site) and Eagle Scout Biography and Project Summary (Locally updated form)

    • Eagle Court of Honor - once the Eagle application is approved by BSA National, the troop should schedule a Court of Honor to present the award to the Scout. Don't forget to invite anyone who had any part in the Scout's progress to Eagle!

    Merit Badge Counselors

    • How to become a merit badge counselor: 

      • Check the Merit Badge Counselor List - please don't sign up for a badge just because your child or a Scout in your child's troop wants to take a badge. If there's already a Counselor in your town who is listed for one of the badges, encourage the Scout to call them first. This serves two purposes: (a) it has always been a part of the Merit Badge program to encourage Scouts to meet with outside experts in the area of the badge; and (b) recruiting many duplicate Counselors in the same area weakens the system (if there are too many Counselors for a badge, none of them gets contacted very often, and we wind up losing most of them).  There are over 100 merit badges - why not pick some for which there aren't already Counselors in your area? 

      • Qualification: A Merit Badge Counselor must be at least 21 years old, and must meet the requirements for any BSA adult member, including taking Youth Protection Training (YPT) and keeping that training current. A Counselor should be proficient in the merit badge subject by vocation, avocation, or special training - as the purpose of the Merit Badge system is to allow Scouts to meet people who are well informed in a given area, please do not apply for badges unless you are very familiar with the field. 

      • Choose your badges: While there is no specific limit for how many badges any one person can sign up for, as a general rule the District would prefer that Counselors limit themselves to five or six badges. Pick the ones you're most qualified for or which are most needed. You can find a complete list of merit badges, with requirements, on the US Scouts Service Project website

      • Register and Apply: (Two Options): 

        • Register online: for the renewal of current Merit Badge Counselors only. All new applicants need to use the "register on paper" option. 

        • Register on paper: 

          • Fill out and sign the following forms: Be sure to include your e-mail address and phone number on both forms. 

            • Merit Badge Counselor Application (fillable PDF form)- Note: Please use the locally-updated version which you can download from the link at left. Please do not use older forms or the National form. 

            • Adult Membership Application (Note: you must fill out a new application if you were not previously registered as a Merit Badge Counselor, even if you are already a registered BSA leader. There is no fee for registering as a Merit Badge Counselor. If you are not already a registered BSA leader, then you must take Youth Protection Training before registering and enclose the completion certificate with your application - see the Training page)

          • Send the original signed forms to the Council Office (you can drop them off or mail them to the office at  2150 NYS Route 12, Binghamton NY 13901, or give them to our District Executive or District Advancement Chair at Roundtable)

          • Send a copy of the Counselor Application form (only) to the District Advancement Chair - scan and e-mail it to advancement@TompkinsCortlandScouts.org or hand it in at Roundtable or an Advancement Committee meeting (See the District Calendar for times and places). Do not send the Adult Application to the District Advancement Committee, which neither wants nor needs it. Please be sure the counselor's e-mail address is on the form. 

      • Approvals: 

        • The Council will do the routine background check, as for any adult application. 

        • The District Advancement Committee will review the application at its next monthly meeting

      • Listing: If approved by the District and Council, the counselor is notified, and listed on the Merit Badge Counselor list on this website. 

    • Baden-Powell Council Merit Badge Counselor List: All of the counselors on the current list have been contacted and are presently registered and willing to serve. The list is Council-wide - any Scout may work with any counselor, whether or not the counselor lives in the same district as the Scout. If the counselor is flagged with a "Y" in the "Troop Only" column, he or she has asked to work only with Scouts from their own troop - out of troop Scouts should be considerate and contact them only if there are no other available counselors.

      The list can be downloaded in three different sort orders:

      NOTE: In order to protect the data on the list from being indexed by search engines, the merit badge counselor PDF file is password protected. You will need to enter a password to open and print the list. The password is the Scout Motto, in lower case, without a space between the two words. (And no, that doesn't mean the password is "scoutmotto", wise guy. Two words, first letters "b" and "p" - you do have that memorized, don't you? Of course you do.)  

      Want the list in Excel format? Send an e-mail to webmaster@TCScouts.org - I'll be happy to e-mail it to you, but I really don't recommend this approach as your local copy will not be updated periodically when the PDF's on the website are. 

      If you have technical problems downloading or opening or reading the file, contact webmaster@TCScouts.org 

      If you have any updates or corrections to the information on the list, contact  advancement@TompkinsCortlandScouts.org for Taughannock District counselors, or B-P Council Program Director Joshua Hanes <Joshua.Hanes@scouting.org> for counselors in the other three districts.

    • Merit Badge Counselor Training  is available through My.Scouting.org as is most BSA training. Log in to My.Scouting.org, go to "My Dashboard", then select "Training Center". Click on "Boy Scouts" and you should find Merit Badge Counselor training on the list. Click "+Add Plan" next to the training, and take the course.

    • Merit Badge Resources: see our Forms and Links page

    Most Recently Added Boy Scout Merit Badges

    The latest merit badges to be added were: 

    • Exploring - Requirements released February 23, 2017 - read them on the National Website

    • Diversity - announced in August, 2020, but not yet released. This will be a required badge, according to the announcement.

    For the latest information on changes to the merit badge list see the Scouting Magazine blog

    Your Scouts, Explorers and Venturers, 14 years old and older,
    can earn the Duke of Edinburgh Award!

    The Duke of Edinburgh's Award and the Boy Scouts of America have joined forces to expand the internationally renowned DofE Award into the world of Scouting. This year, the BSA national office launched the pilot program in five councils nationwide: Baden-Powell, Circle 10, Los Angeles Area, National Capital Area, and Yocona.

    Founded in 1956 in the UK by Her Majesty The Queen's husband, HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a non-competitive, self-development program for youth ages 14 to 25. Dedicated to achievement in community service, physical fitness, special skills, and adventurous journey, the Award aims to build self-esteem and promote character development within every participant.

    The Award is an exciting, non-competitive experience that cultivates and instills confidence and self-worth within every participant. Through its proven and trusted quality framework, participants enjoy an unparalleled experience that hones their talents and skills and instills within them a crucial sense of belonging and achievement.

    Over 7 million people have received the Duke of Edinburgh's Award since its inception. The Award's fundamental philosophy and Four Tenant operational format have proved resilient, attractive, and adaptable to many cultures, languages, and environments, and it remains as relevant today as ever before, experiencing record levels of interest annually. Last year, more than 140,000 participants from around the world earned a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.

    A letter introducing the Pilot Program can be downloaded here in PDF format. 

    For more information or to get involved, please contact Tim Woods,
    Baden-Powell Council DofE coordinator, at 607-844-3921 or
    Email wwwoodsw@earthlink.net

    Venturing Advancement

    As a quick summary, there are four ranks, going from the joining-level Venturing Rank to the Summit Rank, the highest honor in Venturing. The ranks blend adventure, leadership, personal development and service to give Venturers a structure for developing their own personal vision into manageable goals. That’ll translate into recognition by peers, mentors and the larger community. Each rank has a focus. For the Venturing award, it’s joining; for Discovery, it’s participation; for Pathfinder, it’s leadership; and for the Summit rank, it’s mentoring. 

    Each patch incorporates the Venturing logo, and the design gets progressively more intricate as a young man or young woman progresses in Venturing.  

    Recipients of the Summit Award get an awesome patch but also receive a medal. Plus, as adults, Summit Award recipients may wear the green, white and silver square knot pictured. It’s the same knot worn by recipients of the old Venturing Silver Award, which was retired at the end of 2014.

    There are also Specialty Awards and Leadership Awards for Venturers to earn. 

    Unit Recognition
    "Scouting's Journey to Excellence"

    “Scouting’s Journey to Excellence” is the BSA’s performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units, districts, and councils. It replaced the Quality Awards Program as a means of encouraging excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA. 

    "Journey to Excellence" marks a change in emphasis from year-end numbers to year-round quality. Rather than set numeric targets for results, the program tries to help units judge their performance on those factors which create quality program for the youth members, which in turn helps units retain members and grow. 

    Units earn points in a number of areas (13 areas for Packs and Troops, 11 for Crews and Ships). In most of the areas, there are three levels - Bronze, Silver and Gold. The Bronze level is supposed to represent those things which are a minimum for a quality program, a unit which earns all Gold would be one of the best of the best. To earn the annual "Journey to Excellence" award at the Bronze Level, a Pack or Troop has to be at least at Bronze Level in 11 out of 13 areas (or 9 out of 11 for Crews and Ships), and must also have a total number of 700 points overall. If they have met the Bronze requirements, units can progress to Silver Level with 1,000 points, and to Gold Level with 1,600 points. 

    Click on the links in this table for forms and information specifically for your type of unit: 

    Unit Type 2020 Requirements
    Cub Pack PDF
    Boy Scout Troop PDF
    Venture Crew PDF
    Sea Scout Ship PDF
    Explorer Post PDF

    One of the requirements for Journey to Excellence is Service - units must perform service projects for their community. In order for the service projects to count, they have to be reported - be sure to log your service hours! Enter them on the National Service Hours website.

    National has a Journey to Excellence website with additional information, including the Journey to Excellence for the District and Council. 

    Adult Leader Recognition

    E-mail recognition@TCScouts.org 
    For more contact information see the Contact page

    Taughannock District Scouting Awards Event
    July 22 at 6:30PM at Camp Barton

    Details on the Announcements Page

    Questions may be directed to Kathlene Gross (607-279-3177) or by e-mail to recognition@TCScouts.org 

    The following awards will be given at the Annual District Awards Program:

National or B-P Council Awards: 

  • Training and other Recognition Knots: Ever wondered about all those knots you see on other leaders' uniforms? Here's a page giving the meanings and requirements for all of the square knots (offsite link to The US Scout Service Project) (also see this web page from boyscouttrail.com).  Training knots are available for Cub, Webelos, Boy Scout and Venturing Leaders as well as Commissioners and District Committee members - you can apply for those yourself. Contact Kathlene Gross recognition@TCScouts.org to apply for the knots. 

  • Veteran Scouter Recognition - Veteran year pins are awarded every 5 years (5, 10, 15, 20...). Note that pins up to 20 years are awarded by Council, 25 years and up have to be obtained from BSA National HQ. Submit this form (fillable PDF from National website) to the Council office for all veteran awards. 

  • National Unit Leader Award of Merit - This award is presented at the request of the unit to the unit leader - Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Venturing Crew Advisor or Varsity Coach. The unit committee chair completes the Unit Leader Award of Merit Nomination Form on behalf of the unit committee. For Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams, and Venturer crews, the nomination must include endorsement by the senior patrol leader, team captain, or crew president, respectively (Cub packs, being adult led, do not have this requirement). The unit or district commissioner certifies that the form is complete. The unit submits the nomination form to the council for approval by the Scout executive and council commissioner or president.
  • District Award of Merit - The highest award a District may give. Each year, Taughannock District gives one or two awards. To nominate someone for the District Award of Merit, use the nomination form on the National website, or get a copy from District Recognition Chair. There are no specific hard-and-fast requirements for the District Award of Merit, but a general rule of thumb is that someone should have been active at least five years and have done at least some Scouting service outside the unit in which he or she is registered (although long service unit leaders will be considered). You can download a complete list of previous recipients of the District Award of Merit (PDF).
  • Silver Beaver - The Silver Beaver is the highest award a Council may give. Each year, the Baden-Powell Council gives about four Silver Beaver awards to deserving Scouters from around the Council. To nominate someone for the Silver Beaver, use the nomination form on the National website, or get a copy from the Baden-Powell Council or the Taughannock District Recognition Chair (recognition@TCScouts.org ). There are no specific hard-and-fast requirements for the Silver Beaver Award, but a general rule of thumb is that someone should have been active at least ten years and have done at least some Scouting service at the Council level (although long service district- or unit-level leaders will be considered). You can download a complete list of previous recipients of the Silver Beaver (PDF).

Taughannock District Awards

These "unofficial" awards are given by the District, among others which pop up from time to time. If you know someone you think would deserve one of these awards, nominate them! Download the Nomination Form  MS Word - PDF - and send it to Recognition Chair Kathlene Gross recognition@TCScouts.org (or give it to her at Roundtable).

  • Spark Plug Award - Does your unit have a leader who gives real "Spark" to the unit and its activities? Give leaders the recognition they deserve and tell them "Thank You!" The Spark Plug recipients are selected by the Unit, and confirmed by the District. No more than one Spark Plug per unit per year, please, and no one can get the Spark Plug twice in the same unit. 

  • The District may award one or more of the following each year, as selected by the Key 3 (Chair, DE, District Commissioner). If you know someone who should be considered for one of these awards, send an e-mail to recognition@TCScouts.org

    • Rising Star - may be presented to "newish" leaders who have done special service for the District.
    • Old Guard- may be presented to an Old F... we mean, "Distinguished Elder Scouter" who has been serving the District and/or units for many years. 
    • Patriot Patrol - a group of current Scouters who have done outstanding service for the District over the past year.
    • Taughannock 76'er - as a youth leader parallel to the Patriot Patrol, this will be awarded annually to a group of  outstanding youth leaders in the District.  
    • Old Scout - given occasionally to repeat members of the Old Guard
    • Founders Award - awarded from time to time to Scouters with especially long and distinguished service - download a list of recipients of the Founders Award (PDF)
    • Good Turn - awarded to a non-Scouting individual or organization who has done particular service to Scouting or to youth in general.
    • Outstanding Unit - awarded from time to time to Scouting units - Packs, Troops, Crews, Posts - who have delivered outstanding program to their youth members. 
    • Gorget Award - presented to an outstanding youth leader nominated by unit or district leadership.
    • Unit Service Award - presented to a unit which has provided outstanding community service during the previous year. 

    Masonic Scouting Awards

    The Masons have two awards available for Scouts and Scouters. 

    The General Douglas MacArthur Youth Award recognizes distinguished or outstanding voluntary community service by non-Masonic orgaiznations or individuals. It is given to "those who have given of themselves, that ultimate goal in life, serving our youth."  Download a nomination form here (PDF).

    The Eagle Scout Award "recognizes the dedication of a Scout to the pursuits of Scouting and of his achievement leading to Eagle Scout. The recipient will get a special personalized commendation certificate and letter from the Grand Master, along with a medallion. Download a nomination form here (PDF). 

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