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Awards and Recognitions

Why Recognition

Effective recognition supports recruiting and developing a team that will help unit leaders start and build strong, sustainable units that will enable them better serve more youth through Scouting.

National Awards

National commissioner awards and recognition have been completely updated for 2016. The most significant changes are that requirements and fillable forms are available online for all commissioner awards and recognitions and that requirements have been updated to reflect current commissioner practices and processes like Journey to Excellence and Commissioner Tools. Another significant change is that the Distinguished Commissioner Service Award is now awarded by nomination only and another is the addition of a Certificate of Commendation award. Also by nomination only. Complete details, including requirements and forms, are at the National Commissioner website, Awards and Recognition page,

You can also listen and watch a replay of the NER Area 5 Commissioner Webinar on Wednesday June 1, 2016  on the New Commissioner Recognition Program Updates presented by Larry Chase, National Commissioner Service Recruiting and Retention Chair, located here. (NOTE: there are two intros due to technical issues, the 2nd file is the complete webinar with audio and matching PowerPoint slides).

NCAC Awards

The single NCAC award is the Outstanding Commissioner Shoulder Patch. The NCAC Outstanding Commissioner Council Shoulder Patch (CSP) is an individually numbered CSP that shall be awarded to unit commissioners, administrative commissioners, and/or roundtable commissioners who render outstanding commissioner service beyond the expectations of their position-specific areas of responsibility. Details on this award are available in this document and displayed here.

Submission Procedure

Awards and recognitions that do not require Council Commissioner approval should be submitted through the local District Commissioner who will forward them to the local DE for processing.

Awards that require Council Commissioner approval should be submitted to the NCAC ACC for Training and Recognition, Jon Baake, at They will be logged and checked for completeness and forwarded to the Council Commissioner for approval and submission to the council office for processing.


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