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Higher Good Service deadlines and processing

Bar to the Silver Acorn and Silver Wolf deadlines and what happens with nominations once submitted to UK headquarters.

Awards covered in this process

Higher Good Service awards

  • The Bar to the Silver Acorn
  • The Silver Wolf

The Process

Once an Award has been supported locally, the nomination form must be submitted to UK Headquarters for a decision which will include the following 6 stages.

Stage 1: Nomination form submitted to UK Headquarters by deadline

Stage 2: Suitability check by UK Headquarters

Stage 3: Criteria check by UK Headquarters

Stage 4: Nomination reviewed and award decision made by the National Awards Advisory Group

Stage 5: Awards sent out for presentation

Stage 6: Awards uploaded to Compass (60 days after mail out)

Timeline

There are four nomination form submission deadlines throughout the year for these awards.

All Good Service awards are sent out to County level (and above where relevant) unless otherwise specified.

All Bar to the Silver Acorn award recipients will directly receive a congratulatory letter from the UK Chief Commissioner whilst all Silver Wolf award recipients, will directly receive a congratulatory letter from the Chief Scout.

First Deadline

Submission deadline: 31 March
Awards dispatched: By 31 May
Congratulatory letter sent: By 30 June
Awards uploaded to Compass: By 31 July

Second Deadline

Submission deadline: 30 June
Awards dispatched: By 31 August
Congratulatory letter sent: By 30 September
Awards uploaded to Compass: By 31 October

Third Deadline

Submission deadline: 30 September
Awards dispatched: By 30 November
Congratulatory letter sent: By 31 December
Awards uploaded to Compass: By 31 January

Fourth Deadline

Submission deadline: 31 December
Awards dispatched: By 28/29 February
Congratulatory letter sent: By 31 March
Awards uploaded to Compass: By 30 April

Event invites and Roll of honour

Names of all Good Service award recipients approved and sent out during the calendar year (January - December) will be published in the Roll of honour in the year following the calendar year that the award is sent out.

We also aim for all Silver Wolf, Bar to the Silver Acorn award recipients approved and sent out during the calendar year (January - December) to be invited to a suitable national event (e.g. Windsor, A day of Celebration) in the year following the calendar year that the award is sent out.

E.g. For an award nomination submitted by 31 March 2021, approved and mailed out in May 2021, and uploaded to Compass in July 2021, the invite will be for an event in 2022 and the award will feature in the Roll of honour published in 2022. For an award nomination submitted by 31 December 2021, approved and mailed out in February 2022, and uploaded to Compass in April 2022, the invite will be for an event in 2023 and the award recipients name will feature in the Roll of honour published in 2023.