Earning the Special Needs Scouting Service Award

District and council volunteers who look over nominations for the Torch of Gold or Woods Services Award may learn of Scouters who don’t receive these awards, but deserve recognition for their service. These Scouters may qualify for the Special Needs Scouting Service Award (SNSSA), an earned recognition. It may be presented to adults, volunteer or... Continue Reading →

Woods Services Nominations: 10 Days Left!

The Woods Services Award is given to one Scouter per year nationally for exceptional service and leadership. The nominee should have served Scouts with disabilities in several capacities at the unit, district, council, or national levels of the Boy Scouts of America. The nominee for this prestigious award must have served Scouts with disabilities for at least... Continue Reading →

Mary Lynne Capen receives the 2018 Woods Services Award

Reprinted from the Summer 2018 edition of Abilities Digest Mary Lynne Capen of Patriots Path Council, Northeast Region, is 2018 Woods Services Award recipient. The award was presented at the BSA National Annual Meeting in May. One award is granted nationally each year to the nominated BSA volunteer who best exemplifies exceptional service and leadership... Continue Reading →

Stephen Marriott, Advocate for Scouting with Disabilities

Excerpted from Scouting Magazine, March-April 2018 On Action Point, at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, there stands a bronze statue of young Stephen G. Marriott (1957-2013) in his Scout uniform. Stephen was a business leader, Distinguished Eagle Scout, and advocate for people with disabilities. His statue overlooks the site of the Disabilities Awareness Challenge during the 2013... Continue Reading →

There is now a medal available for the Special Needs Scouting Service Award: Item #641463, available from Scout Shops. The design features an international logo for Scouting with disabilities. A device with the same logo is available to wear on the Scouting Service Award square knot: Item #641462. Previous recipients are eligible to wear this... Continue Reading →

Annual Torch of Gold Awards

The Torch of Gold is a distinguished award of the Boy Scouts of America to recognize adults for exceptional service and leadership in working with Scouts who have disabilities. Each council may recognize one Scouter per year with the award. Details are listed on the nomination form, available online. The process takes place entirely within the... Continue Reading →

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