Special Needs Scouting Service Award

Overview This award was established to provide clear and visible recognition to adults, volunteer and professional, who serve the community of members with disabilities/special needs of the Scouting movement. This award is earned by direct action on behalf of members with disabilities/special needs and by spreading the ideals of inclusiveness, diversity, and disability awareness in... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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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