Commissioner’s Commendation Award – Can be used by County, Area, Island and (Scotland) Regional Commissioners to recognise adult and youth members and non-members for their contribution to Scouting. This award carries no criteria and is illustrated by a purple knot.
The Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service is given in respect of not less than 5 years good service, which stands out. It should be regarded as the Chief Scout’s recognition of the very real contribution made to the Association by the individual concerned.
The Award for Merit is given for outstanding service of not less than 12 years and 10 years exceptionally. It implies keen, conscientious, imaginative and dedicated service over a sustained period.
The Bar to the Award for Merit may be awarded after a period of not less than five years of further outstanding service.
The Silver Acorn – awarded for not less than 20 years of specially distinguished service;
The Bar to the Silver Acorn – may be awarded for at least a further 5 years of similarly distinguished service.
The Silver Wolf is the unrestricted gift of the Chief Scout and is only awarded for service of a most exceptional nature. It is not normally awarded until at least a Silver Acorn has been gained so it is seldom awarded for less than 30 years service.
The Chief Scout’s Personal Award is awarded by the Chief Scout, in consultation with the Awards Board to recognise achievement not covered by the criteria for any other awards.
Length of service awards – are available to all Members and Associate Members of the Association, uniformed or not (with the exception of occasional helpers).
Any service given while holding an adult appointment as a member of the UK Scout Association counts towards the service awards. This includes service such as Secretary, Executive member etc. This does not cover service held in a training role such as a Rover Scout (or Mate) or Scout Network. However, if an adult appointment were held concurrently, this service would count.
Service in the Association is recognised by the Chief Scout’s Length of Service Award at 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60 and 70 year Intervals. A certificate and either a cloth emblem or brooch with a white knot and corresponding green number is available.
Awards for Gallantry and Meritorious Conduct:
These are awarded less frequently than the good service awards. Gallantry awards are made to adults or youth members who have been involved in acts of gallantry involving personal risk to themselves. Meritorious Conduct awards are made to adults or youth members for conduct involving a high degree of courage, endurance, initiative or devotion to duty, often under suffering, without necessarily involving any element of risk.