BSA Awards

by Gary Hutton


In March of 1946 the Boy Scouts of America announced the first six square knot awards. These awards were to replace the ribbon bars that were being earned at the time. The list of knots has continued to grow. Some knots have been discontinued and others have been added. At present there are 35 knot awards. These awards are worn on the Scouting uniform in place of the plaque or large pendant that they represent.

Generally, knot awards are worn by adult leaders, however there are a few that may be worn by youth members. Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts may wear the Universal Youth Religious Emblem and the lifesaving and Meritorious Award knots. Explorers may display on their uniforms the same honors plus the Explorer Achievement Award knot.

Knots are sewn centered above the top seam of the left uniform shirt pocket, in rows of three. There is no order for wearing the knot awards. However, there is a proper way for each knot award to be displayed. The loop of the embroidered square knot that comes in front of the standing part is always to the wearer's right. Knots are worn with the distinguishing color (not white) toward the wearer's right.

Some knots are the same for training or service in different programs. For example, the Scouters Training Award knot is the same for service in Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting and Exploring, Commissioner Service and District Committee. To distinguish the difference in programs a small device may be worn inside the knot for the appropriate program. If the knot award is earned in more than one program then more than one device should be worn.

A brief description of each award is given. For further information and or requirements, please click on the name of the award.

Achievement Awards Bravery Awards Leadership and Training Awards
Outstanding Service Honor Awards Religious Awards Support of Scouting Awards
     

Achievement Awards

Arrow of Light Eagle Scout Quartermaster
Arrow of Light Award - Adults who earned their Arrow of Light award as a youth may wear this knot. Eagle Scout Award - Adults who earned their Eagle Scout award as a youth may wear this knot. Quartermaster Award - Adults who earned their Quartermaster award as a youth may wear this knot.
Venturing Silver Explorer Gold
Venturing Silver Award - Adults who earned their Venturing Silver award as a youth may wear this knot. Explorer Gold Award - Adults who earned their Explorer Gold award as a youth may wear this knot.

Bravery Awards

Honor Medal Heroism Award Medal of Merit
Honor Medal Award - Awarded to youth or adults who have demonstrated unusual heroism and skill in saving a life or attempting to save a life at considerable risk to self. Heroism Award - Awarded to youth or adults who have demonstrated heroism and skill in saving or attempting to save a life with minimum risk to self. Medal Of Merit Award - Awarded to youth or adults who have performed an outstanding act of service and exceptional character by putting into practice scouting skills and ideals. It does not need to involve risk to self.

Leadership and Training Awards

Tiger Cub Den Leader Den Leader Webelos Den Leader
Tiger Cub Den Leader Award - Adult leaders that serve as a Tiger Cub Den Leader may earn this award by completing the required training, tenure, and performance. Den Leader Award - Adult leaders that serve as a Cub Scout Den Leader may earn this award by completing the required training, tenure, and performance. Webelos Den Leader Award - Adult leaders that serve as a Webolos Den Leader may earn this award by completing the required training, tenure, and performance.
Den Leader Coach Cubmaster Cub Scouter
Den Leader Coach Award - This Award is no longer given. Cubmaster Award - Adult leaders that serve as a Cubmaster may earn this award by completing the required training, tenure, and performance. Cub Scouter Award - Adult leaders that serve as in Cub Scouting may earn this award by completing the required training, tenure, and performance.
Professional Scouter Training Scouter's Training Scouter's Key
Professional Scouter Training Award - Professional Scouters may earn this award by completing the required training, tenure, and performance.. Scouter's Training Award - Adult leaders that serve in Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Exploring, Commissioner Service and District committee positions may earn this award by completing the required training, tenure, and performance. Scouter's Key - Adult leaders that serve in Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Exploring, Commissioner Service and District committee positions may earn this award by completing the required training, tenure, and performance.
Sea Badge Distinguished Commissioner Service Award of Merit
Sea Badge - Adult leaders may earn this award by finishing the requirements in the Sea Badge Conference Guide. Distinguished Commissioner Service - Adult leaders that serve in Commissioner Service and District committee positions may earn this award by completing the required training, tenure, and performance. National President's Scoutmaster Award of Merit - Adult leaders that serve as Scoutmasters, Varsity Coaches and Venturing Advisers may earn this award by completing the required training, tenure, and performance.

Outstanding Service Honor Awards

Silver Beaver Silver Antelope Silver Buffalo
Silver Beaver Award - The highest honor that a council can bestow on a Scouter. Leaders at any level or any program are eligible. Silver Antelope Award - The highest honor that a region may bestow on a Scouter. Leaders that have rendered exceptional service on a regional basis are eligible. Silver Buffalo Award - The highest honor that the National Council can bestow on a Scouter. Leaders that have rendered exceptional service on a national basis are eligible.
Silver World District Award of Merit OA Distinguished Service
Silver World Award - The Award is given by BSA to world citizens who give outstanding service to their nation's youth, to young people in other countries, or to the Scouting program of their nation through their participation or support. District Award of Merit - This is the highest honor that a district may bestow on a Scouter. Leaders involved at any level of scouting or in a program are eligible for nomination. Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service Award - This award is presented to an OA member who has rendered unusual service to the order on a national basis.

Page Updated: Monday, January 05, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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