The Scout Association has a national awards system for recognising good service, length of service and special acts of heroism and bravery, courage or endurance, and devotion to duty under suffering.
Being a national system affords it prestige and allows all applications to be considered objectively according to national criteria. Except in the case of recognition of length of adult service, awards are not made automatically, and proper, detailed justification must be made in every case.
The Scout Association provide some comprehensive information (including forms) for applying for Adult Awards at link: http://members.scouts.org.uk/awards ) . This includes great advice like example citations.
To complement this, the County produced some guidance in 2011 (which are available as a PDF to download below). This still stands, except that citations are no longer required for the Award for Merit (and Chief Scout's Commendation for Good Service).
Common problems experienced with recommendations received include:
Please make sure that all the above points are considered before you submit your recommendations. Use them as a check list - they really help!
At present we are stuck with the existing paper based forms, until an on-line system is rolled-out properly. The present paper based form is not ideal, but all we have. Please use it properly.
In 2014 the Commissioner Commendation Award was introduced (click here for details) for adult members. In September 2014, Hereford and Worcester County agreed that it would be awarded in the County based on the following criteria:
There were no definite criteria. The application processes is for Members of The County Team to propose a case (normally via s simple e-mail) for the County Commissioner to make a decision, based upon the above.
We look forward to our valued volunteers appropriately receiving these prestigious Awards to recognise their contributions to Scouting. Many thanks.