Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: District Award of Merit question
Re: District Award of Merit question
Sun, 12 Dec 1999 18:59:30 -0600
You wrote and asked us all:
>I am interested in knowing who sits on your committees that decide upon
>recipients for your District's Award of Merit. Do you require that DAM
>committee members be previous recipients of the award, or are there other
>requirements? And is there an official BSA policy on this?
Yes, there's official BSA policy and procedure on this. It's found in the
current and all past editions of the BSA's Advancement Procedure booklet
(why in there? Because in most Councils, the Advancement Committee also
oversees the awarding of service awards and other special awards, like
heroism awards. In many other Councils, there's others committees that
determine those things or ad-hoc committees.....)
Award of Merit: The Award of Merit is a council award presented by
Districts, Learning for Life/Exploring Divisions, or Divisions created
within a local Council for special needs (for instance, a Council may choose
to divide itself by Division representing former local Councils which have
been consolidated to form a new Council; or it may have a special needs
Division made up of special needs units throughout the Council's
territorities; or it may be composed of units meeting special programming
options within that Council's territory).
The award is available to any registered Scouter who renders service of an
outstanding nature on the District or Division level. Professionals and
professional-technicians may also receive this award upon recommendation of
the Scout Executive of the Council and the Director, Council Services and
Support Division, at the National Office. The Award of Merit may also be
awarded to Scouters residing outside the United States whom are registered
Scouters within the BSA's Direct Service, Transatlantic, or Far East Councils.
The Award is made annually on the basis of one award for each twenty-five
units, or fraction thereof, registered within that Council and recorded with
the National Office as of December 31st of that year. The district or
division need not present all of the awards to which it is entitled to each
A nominee must be a registered Scouter (volunteer, professional,
professional-technician). The nominee must have rendered noteworthy
service to youth. "The nature and value of "noteworthy service to youth"
may consist of a single plan or decisions that contributed vitality to the
lives of large numbers of youth; or it may have been given to a small group
over an extended period of time.
The nominee should have contributed some type of service to youth OUTSIDE of
Scouting as well. Consideration should be given to the nominee's
position(s) and the corresponding opportunity to rentder outstanding service
beyond the expectation of duty. The nominee's attitude toward and
cooperation with the district or division and Council is to be taken into
consideration. The nominations are confidential, and to avoid possible
disappointment, the committee should not advise the nominee of action on his
or her behalf."
You asked, Amy, for the "official procedure:"
* Annually, the district or division chair will appoint an Award of Merit
committee of not more than five persons, who will consider all district or
division candidates and make their recommendations. The committee's term of
office shall be for one year from the date of appointment.
*These recommendations should be submitted confidentially to the Council
Executive, who will inform the District or Division chair and the District's
or Division's Commissioner. In the event that a professional or
professional-technician is selected, the Council Executive is responsible
for sending a copy of the recommendation to the BSA's Council Services and
Support Division for concurrance.
*The following procedure is suggested for such presentation ceremonies:
- if possible, the receipient and spouse should be in attendance at the
district or division annual meeting or dinner, or at a Council annual
meeting or dinner, with no knowledge they are to receive this award.
- a District or Division or Council officer or both should explain the award
and its significance to the audience.
- Eagle Scouts should be asked to escort the receipients to a place of honor
at the head table or onstage
- A suitable citation for each receipient should be read indicating what
each has done in Scouting and their service to youth
- The award, a plaque in which the silver Award of Merit emblem is attached,
a small silver Award of Merit emblem enclosed in lucite, and/or a
certificate countersigned by the Council Executive, District or Division
Executive, District or Division Commissioner, and District or Division
Chair, is then presented to the receipient with appropriate congraduations.
A small overhand silver knot emblem on a dark blue background denoting the
award of this honor is available for informal wear on the field uniform and
a small overhand knot tietac or lapel pin are available to be worn by the
receipient and may be part of the recognition or purchased separately.
There is no official provision for second or subsequent awards of this
Award, nor is there any requirement that a Scouter must be registered for at
least five or ten years within that Council or District/Division prior to
receiving the Award. However, in reality, there are several Scouters whom
have received this award twice and some Councils and Districts do have
"implied requirements" that Scouters must be registered in their Council and
within the District for five to ten years prior to receiving the District
Award of Merit.
With regard to membership on the committee to decide the recipients, most
Councils and their Districts chooses to have District Award of Merit holders
on those committees only from tradition as opposed to requirement.
Hope all of this helps out, Amy!!
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
personal inquiries via firstname.lastname@example.org,
blackeagle@SCOUTER.net or email@example.com
professional inquiries via firstname.lastname@example.org
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