Every Scouting council may present one Torch of Gold Award every year to recognize a Scouter who has performed significant service in Scouting with special needs and disabilities. Nationally, one Woods Services Award is presented every year to recognize a Scouter for particularly outstanding service. Both of these awards require nominations.
Every council that presents a Torch of Gold should take the nomination form and use the information to nominate that winner for the national Woods Services Award. For example, a council might collect Torch of Gold nomiations early in the calendar year, and present it during the year. Before the end of the year, the council transcribes the Torch of Gold winner’s nomination information onto the Woods Services nomination form. Send the form to SpecialNeedsChair@scouting.org.
Woods Services nominations must arrive by January 31.