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Good Service awards

These awards are typically used for members and associate members who have consistently given service over and above that which is expected within their role.

Award criteria

At the Scouts we want to thank all our volunteers for their contribution to the Scouts - it's an important way to make sure people stay with us and to recognise their achievements and Good Service awards are one way of doing this.

All Good Service award nominees must:

  • Hold a volunteer appointment as a member or associate member of the Scouts.
  • Have enough service for the award they’re being nominated for.
  • Have a valid disclosure (if relevant for their active roles).
  • Have not received a Good Service award in the last five years.
  • Have completed all mandatory training relevant to all active roles (or is within three years of appointment to the active roles).
  • Have the correct previous Good Service award (if relevant for the award they’re being nominated for).

Learn more about the specific criteria for each Good Service award below.

If an individual does not meet all the necessary criteria for a Good Service award, it may be more appropriate to consider a Commissioner Commendation, Thanks Badge or nominating them for the Chief Scout’s Personal Award.

Lower Good Service awards - nomination forms

Nominations for these awards should be made using the following forms:

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Nomination form not appearing correctly? Click ‘VIEW’ then ‘Edit Document’. If you wish to print the form, the first page is a full colour, so you may wish to only print from page two onwards.

The decision on if someone should receive one of these awards can be decided locally but is monitored by the National Awards Advisory Group (NAAG).

District Commissioners (and above) can approve:

  • The Chief Scout's Commendation for Good Service
  • The Award for Merit

County/Area/Region (Scotland) Commissioners (and above) can approve:

  • The Chief Scout's Commendation for Good Service
  • The Award for Merit
  • The Bar to the Award for Merit
  • The Silver Acorn

If awarded, the decision should be submitted to UK Headquarters using the Good Service award completion form.

Awards are then sent out on a quarterly basis but if there are exceptional circumstances, please make a request to the UK Headquarters Awards Team for the award to be expedited quicker.

 

 

Higher Good Service awards - nomination form

Nominations for these awards should be made using the Bar to the Silver Acorn & Silver Wolf nomination form.

Nomination form not appearing correctly? Click ‘VIEW’ then ‘Edit Document’. If you wish to print the form, the first page is a full colour, so you may wish to only print from page two onwards.

Fill in the nomination form

Once the nomination has been supported locally, the form should be emailed to the UK Headquarters Awards Team for processing.

Only the National Awards Advisory Group (NAAG) can approve these awards and their decision is final.

Nominations are considered on a quarterly basis but in exceptional circumstances, a nomination to the Chair of the NAAG can be considered out of the normal sequence with sufficient cause.​

Supporting and approving Good Service awards

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Deadlines and processing by UK Headquarters

Good Service award deadlines and what happens with decisions/nominations once submitted to UK Headquarters.

See the deadlines and what happens next

Buying additional awards

If you have an award and would like an additional cloth badge, brooch or medal, they can be bought from Scout Stores. You'll need to provide your membership number so we can ensure you are eligible to purchase the item.

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Duplicate certificates

Ask for a replacement by filling in the Duplicate certificate request form.

You will need to provide the following details:

  • Membership number
  • Full name
  • Type of award
  • Location of award
  • Date of award
  • Reason for duplicate request
  • Delivery name and address
Fill out the duplicate certificate request form