Length of Service awards
Thanking volunteers for their continued service is important as young people in the Scouts would not have so much fun and adventure without them.
Length of Service awards are just one way the Chief Scout shows gratitude for this service at 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60 and 70 year intervals (based on the start dates listed on Compass). Service need not be continuous.
All roles in POR Chapter 16: Roles Tables with a minimum membership category of 'Member' or 'Associate Member' are eligible for Length of Service Awards. All roles that are eligible count towards the length of service. This does not cover service held in a youth role including Scout Network however, if an eligible role was held alongside these roles, this service would count.
Sending out Length of Service awards
The awards are produced automatically by UK Headquarters and sent out four times a year to District level (and above where relevant) unless otherwise specified.
As a standard, cloth badges are sent out, but they can be returned and exchanged for a brooch if necessary by contacting the UK Headquarters Awards Team.
Once received locally, it's important that suitable presentations (with some gravitas) are organised when giving out these awards.
First mail out
Awards achieved between: 2 January to 1 April
Awards dispatched: By 31 May
Awards show on Compass: 1 July
Second mail out
Awards achieved between: 2 April to 1 July
Awards dispatched: By 31 August
Awards show on Compass: 1 October
Third mail out
Awards achieved between: 2 July to 1 October
Awards dispatched: By 30 November
Awards show on Compass: 1 January
Fourth mail out
Awards achieved between: 2 October to 1 January
Awards dispatched: By 28/29 February
Awards show on Compass: 1 April
Length of Service awards are identified by white knot and corresponding green number. If you have a Length of Service award and would like an additional cloth badge or brooch, 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.
Length of Service award missing from compass
Notify the UK Headquarters Awards Team about a Length of Service award that you believe should have been awarded but has not been received yet and is not on Compass.Length of Service award missing from compass form
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