Welcome to the Awards Section for Derbyshire Scouts
The information here is intended to support the completion of successful applications for members who may be eligible for a Good Service Award.
In Scouting we have Awards to recognise the amazing work our volunteers do and there are different Good Service Awards to celebrate volunteers throughout their time in Scouting.
Good Service Awards and the criteria for nomination
The Good Service Awards are open to any adult who holds an adult appointment as a member of Scouting. To be awarded a Good Service Award the nominee must meet the following criteria which applies to all awards:
- Must hold a valid disclosure (if required)
- Must have completed any mandatory training relevant to their role (or be within three years of appointment of the role/s)
The decision for nominations for Chief Scout's Commendation for Good Service, Award for Merit, Bar to Award for Merit and Silver Acorn will be made locally by the County Awards Advisory Group in agreement with The District Commissioner and County Commissioner before being submitted to Headquarters. Award nominations are processed and submitted by a member of the County Awards Advisory Group. County Team members should contact the County Commissioner or the County Awards Advisory Group for support and to make any recommendations. All nominations in Derbyshire require a citation to demonstrate that the Service is of an outstanding nature, this can be bullet points.
The Bar to Silver Acorn and Silver Wolf nominations are processed through the County Awards Advisory Group before being submitted to Headquarters.
Decisions are made by the National Awards Advisory Group.
From January 2019 there will be four cut-off dates per year for the notification of awards approved by Commissioners, together with nominations for any awards to be considered by the National Awards Advisory Group. Details of the dates can be found on Headquarters website:
In addition to these Awards, District Commissioners are now able to issue and present the Commissioners Commendation Award. The certificates are on the Brand Centre and can be purchased from Scout Stores along with the badges.
I would like to nominate someone for a Good Service Award, what do I do?
Anyone can nominate any adult member for a Good Service Award, as the awards are progressive there are different methods to nominate someone depending on the previous awards they have been presented and the service they have given. It is advisable to check that they have met the criteria at https://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/search/?cat=230 and then contacting the nominee's Commissioner or the County Awards Advisory Group for support.
Cornwell Scout Badge, Awards for Gallantry, Awards for Meritorious Conduct
Nominations for these Awards must be:
- Submitted to the District Commissioner/County Commissioner
- Approved by the County Commissioner prior to the completion of documentation
- Submitted to the County Awards Advisory Group
All Silver Wolf, Bar to Silver Acorn, Silver Acorn, Gallantry, Meritorious Conduct and Cornwell Scout Badge recipients approved during the calendar year (January - December) will be invited to Windsor, A day of Celebration the following calendar year. There is provision to fast-track Awards in special circumstances. Full Support and priority given by the Awards Advisory Group to override normal procedures.
Under no circumstances should any nominee be informed that an award application has been submitted prior to the County Commissioner giving the good news of the outcome!