Wright Brothers District Award Descriptions

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Newcomer Award

This award is given to someone new to a unit, or new to their position in Scouting, who show high levels of service to a unit in their first or second year of service.  This award can be earned up to four times, once for service to a pack, once for service to a troop or team, once for service to a crew or ship, and once for service to the District (which is really one of the District Service Awards) 

  • The nominated candidate should have at least completed basic training for their position (This Is Scouting!, Youth Protection, and the appropriate Fast Start course). 
  • Nominations should be made by unit leaders. 
  • Newcomer Award nominees should also be considered for the appropriate “square knot” recognition.

Unit Leader Award

This award is given to an experienced leader who has shown exceptional leadership and service to a unit for three or more years.  This award can be earned up to three times, once for service to a pack, once for service to a troop or team and once for service to a crew or ship 

  • Typically, only one unit leader award will be presented per unit each year, although a second may be awarded for larger units, or in exceptional cases. 
  • The nominated candidate should have completed both basic training for their position (the online courses; This Is Scouting!, Youth Protection, and the appropriate Fast Start course) as well as their position-specific training. 
  • Nominations should be made by unit leaders. 
  • Unit Leader Award nominees should have already received the appropriate “square knot” recognition. 
  • In addition, any Cubmaster, Scoutmaster or Crew Advisor should also be considered for the new Unit Leader Award of Merit recognition.

Outstanding Unit Service Award

This award is presented to a veteran Scout leader who has shown exceptional leadership and service to a unit for seven or more years, often after their own youth have aged out of the program. 

  • As with the Unit Leader Award, the nominated person should be fully-trained for their position, and should have earned any appropriate “square knot” recognitions. 
  • As a general guide, if a Scouter has shown significant service to both the unit and to the District or Council, the Silver Cycle may be the more appropriate award.  If the person’s service has been largely or entirely to a unit or family of units, the Outstanding Unit Service Award is the more appropriate award.
  • Don’t forget the really long-term veterans in your unit, and consider the award when a veteran leader is retiring.
  • Unlike the Unit Leader Award, these awards can and will be given to multiple people in the same unit, if multiple people have the appropriate tenure.

Silver Cycle

This award is given to an experienced leader who has shown exceptional leadership and service to a unit and to the District or Council for five or more years. 

  • The nominated candidate should have completed both basic training for their position (the online courses; This Is Scouting!, Youth Protection, and the appropriate Fast Start course) as well as their position-specific training.
  • The nominee should have participated in several different Council and/or District activities, or provided significant leadership for one activity over several years.
  • Nominations should be made by unit leaders or by District leaders.

District Award of Merit

This is a Miami Valley Council award presented by the Wright Brothers District (in the same way that the Silver Beaver is a national award presented by the councils) and is an official BSA award.  One award can be given for every 25 units (rounded upward) in a district, and the nomination should be on an official form.  The official requirements are:

  • A nominee must be a registered Scouter.
  • A nominee must have rendered noteworthy service to youth in Scouting, outside Scouting, or both. (Note: The nature and value of “noteworthy service to youth” may consist of a single plan or decisions that contributed vitally to the lives of large numbers of youth or it may have been given to a small group over an extended period of time.)
  • Consideration must be given to the nominee’s Scouting position and the corresponding opportunity to render outstanding service beyond the expectations of that Scouting position.
  • The nominee’s attitude toward and cooperation with the district and/or council is to be taken into consideration.
  • Nominations cannot be considered for posthumous awards.

Typically, Scouters awarded the District Award of merit have been serving for over five years in both unit and District or Council capacities, and have been recognized with the Silver Cycle and/or unit leader awards in previous years.

The Couples Award

This is presented to a husband and wife, who have both made significant contributions to youth over two or more years.

  • At least one member of the couple must be a registered Scouter, whose contributions to a unit or the district or council would qualify him or her for a Newcomer Award or higher award.
The second member of the couple must also make significant contributions to youth, through the Boy Scout program, the Girl Scout program, or other program (church, community or sports) dedicated to youth service, also for two or more years.

Commissioner of the Year Award

This award is presented to one Unit Commissioner, Assistant District Commissioner or Roundtable Commissioner for an outstanding performance at their position during the previous year.  The awardee is determined by the District Commissioner.

Outstanding Organization of the Year

This award is given to a company or organization for direct service to the program of the Wright Brothers District.& It is determined by the District Chairman, the District Director and the District Commissioner.

 

 

 

Paul W. Zanowick II Citizenship Award

This award is to honor the example of Paul W. Zanowick II. It is presented to the individual who best exemplifies the traits of citizenship described in the requirements for the Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation and/or Citizenship in the World Merit Badges. This might be a single act of service, or a lifetime of contributions to the community, nation or the world. The recipient need not be a Scout or Scouter, but should be a person who can serve as an example for all.

   

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