Updated April 2021
The award certificates have been redesigned and the new design will be used for all Good Service awards, Length of Service awards as well as Meritorious Conduct and Gallantry awards achieved after 1 May 2021.
The Chief Scout's Length of Service Awards:
- 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60 and 70 years’ service
Good Service Awards:
- The Chief Scout's Commendation for Good Service
- The Award for Merit
- The Bar to the Award for Merit
- The Silver Acorn
- The Bar to the Silver Acorn
- The Silver Wolf
Meritorious Conduct Awards:
- The Chief Scouts Commendation for Meritorious Conduct
- The Medal for Meritorious Conduct
- The Gilt Cross
- The Silver Cross
- The Bronze Cross
- Chief Scout’s Personal Award
- Cornwell Scout Badge
No, not at this time.
How are the certificates different?
When and why are they changing?
From May 2021 onwards.
The certificates were last updated prior to the 2002 rebrand.
In 2018, we launched an award-winning brand for Scouts and so we want to make sure that everything we produce is consistent with our brand, including our award certificates.
In updating our certificates, they’ve become more modern, the language is more accessible, and the paper and printing are higher quality too. It has also given us an opportunity to add the history of the award to the certificates as well.
We hope that, when recipients hold their certificates, they know how much we value them and feel really proud of their achievement.
The certificates show the date of issue, and the design of the certificate will match this:
- If your award was dated prior to May 2021, your replacement certificate will be printed on the old style award certificates (as long as stock of these are available).
- If your award was dated after May 2021, your replacement certificate will be printed on the new design award certificates.
As part of the redesign, some text concerning the history of each award has been added to the certificates.
The first awards for young people, the Silver Wolf (combination of high achievement and gallantry) and the first three gallantry medals, were launched in 1908 in Scouting for Boys but over the years, the name and design of these awards have changed many times. Meritorious Conduct and Gallantry Awards can now be given out to youth and both adult members and associate members.
The first award where volunteers could be nominated for the quality of their volunteering was the Gilt Medal of Merit in 1915. This award was redesigned and relaunched as the Medal of Merit in 1918 and later became the Award of Merit however, the history of the highest Good Service award, the Silver Wolf, is complex as it’s served several different purposes since it was launched in 1908:
- The Silver Wolf was first referred to in Scouting for Boys in 1908 as a reward for Scouts of very special distinction (recognising young people for a combination of high achievement and gallantry).
- The Headquarters’ Gazette reports the first Scout to achieve this prestigious award was B.J. Fairfax Francklin of 1st Syston Troop, and it was presented at the Crystal Palace Scout Rally in September 1909.
- The criteria was then developed and it was presented to Kings’ Scouts who demonstrated exceptionally high achievement and service.
- The Chief Scout, Robert Baden-Powell, also personally gifted an Honorary Silver Wolf to adults of any rank in Scouting who had carried out exceptionally valuable work on behalf of the Movement. This included UK volunteers, international commissioners he met during foreign visits and Headquarters staff such Vera Barclay when she left her role as the first ever Wolf Cub Secretary in 1920.
- From 1920 County Commissioners could recommend Scout volunteers for the Silver Wolf which would be awarded at the discretion of the Chief Scout.
- From 1922 the Silver Wolf became an exclusively adult award.
- Today the Silver Wolf is still gifted by the Chief Scout following an approved nomination for service of exceptional nature and it continues to be the highest award which can be earnt by anyone who holds a volunteer appointment as a member or associate member of the UK Scouts.
The certificates are printed on paper which is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. FSC is a chain of custody that ensures products can be traced from source to take care of the forests, people and wildlife who call them home. The UK is the 5th largest producer of printed products in the world. By choosing an FSC accredited product you demonstrate the paper you use comes from well managed forests.
The company who print our base stock of certificates:
- Have an IS014001 certificate (ISO 14001 sets out the criteria for an independently accredited environmental management system).
- Only use biodegradable inks.
- Are signed up to a carbon capture/balance scheme backed by the World Land Trust and Woodland Trust, meaning they donate money (at their own cost) to plant new trees and protect existing habitat for every piece of paper they print on.