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NCAC Youth Leadership Society


Leadership, it’s what we do best.

The very essence of what we do in the National Capital Area Council is develop the next generation of leaders for America. Built on a rich tradition, and timeless values, Scouting truly stands apart as an organization of service to others. To celebrate those youth who epitomize servant leadership the Venturing Committee of the National Capital Area Council presents the National Capital Area Council Youth Leadership Society. The purpose of the society is to recognize youth members of the Boy Scouts of America and Exploring who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and dedication to leadership—the elite of the youth we serve.

The intention of the society is to offer those youth who have given so much of themselves to learn and lead an honor which can be understood and valued by other organizations outside of Scouting in a tangible way.

The National Capital Area Council Youth Leadership Society calls upon local troops, crews, ships and posts as well as local Order of the Arrow chapters to nominate those youth who meet the criteria for membership. Upon acceptance, the Council Venturing Committee will award the candidate the honor of membership into the Society. The nominating entity will be sent the appropriate honors and will be enabled to perform a formal induction. (See the process steps below.)
The Council Venturing Committee will maintain a honor roll of inducted Society members as a class each calendar year. Individuals will be able to say they are a member of a particular class, for instance, the class of 2017 for members
inducted in 2017. The class is based on when the individual was approved, not when the induction took place.

Process Steps

  1. Download the application at this link.
  2. There is no quota or limit as to the number of nominations that can be made in a given year. Nominations may be sent to the Council Office anytime during the year.
  3. Once a nomination is received by the Council Venturing Committee, it will take approximately 30-60 days to review the application and for the nominating entity to receive the presentation kit for the induction ceremony.
  4. The nominating entity should schedule an induction ceremony with enough notice so that the inductees may invite special guests (family members, friends, teachers, principals, guidance counselors, religious leaders, unit leaders, and others). Suitable induction events include Unit or Lodge Courts of Honor. We consider this to be a significant and noteworthy honor; we ask that you please treat it as such by conducting the induction as a special event so that the inductees and their guests will sense the significance of this honor.
  5. Extend a personal invitation to previous inductees, special guests, and members of the media. Make sure to take photographs to share on social media and through community media.
  6. It is recommended to invite a special dignitary such as a judge, military hero, or community leader to conduct the induction.
  7. Following the induction ceremony, follow up with members of the local media, it is also encouraged that you send letters about this recognition to the inductee’s principal or dean, religious leader, etc.
  8. At any appropriate gathering, such as a court of honor or Friends of Scouting celebration, take a moment to recognize your council’s Society members who are present.

Membership Qualifications

Only those youths who have successfully completed qualifying leadership development courses and performed eligible leadership roles may be nominated for induction to the National Capital Area Council Youth Leadership Society. The
nomination may come from the nominee’s home troop, crew, ship or post, or OA chapter or lodge. While the award is sponsored by the Council Venturing Committee, this award is open to any eligible Boy Scout, Venturer, Explorer, Sea Scout or Arrowman. Inductions may be made at the unit, district, or council level. There is no limit to the number of nominations that may be made.

Induction Kit.

The kit includes a certificate and an individually numbered patch. As the numbered patch is a one-of-a-kind keepsake, up to three unnumbered patches may be purchased for uniform wear. A key pin will be available for Exploring recipients. (If patches or the pin are not ordered with the nomination packet, the recipient will be sent a voucher to enable them to order the patches or pin.) The cost of each induction kit is $25 (which includes shipping).


Please check out our FAQ’s at this link first. If you still have questions, please contact the National Capital Area Council Venturing Committee at