There have been many questions about the Special Needs Scouting Service Award. While we are still seeking clarification from BSA’s National Service Center on some points, we provide other details below.
The latest information has been posted to Awards Central at Scouting.org.
[Updated 28 Mar 2017]
Must recipients be nominated?
No. This is an earned award similar to the Scouter’s Key. Both volunteer Scouters and BSA professionals may earn the award.
What if a recipient completed requirements before the award was created? Must everyone start fresh?
No. This Award is retroactive for purposes of satisfying the requirements. The applicant may earn the award based on activities and service performed in the past.
Is there an application to fill out?
The National Disabilities Awareness Subcommittee has created a provisional application. Potential recipients may use this application until the National Service Center can create an official application with a BSA form number. The provisional application is posted on the AbleScouts.com web site in both MS doc format and PDF format.
Who approves the award application?
This award is approved at the council level, by the Scout Executive or designee.
The National Disabilities Awareness Subcommittee would like to keep track of how many of these Special Needs Scouting Service Awards are earned. Please send a brief email to firstname.lastname@example.org (SUBJECT: “SNSSA”) with the council name and number of knots awarded.