The District Award of Merit - General Information

GENERAL INFORMATION

The District Award of Merit is a council award presented by districts in the same manner that the Silver Beaver is a national
award presented by councils.
The award is available to Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature at the district level.
The award is made available annually on the basis of 1 for each 25 traditional units or fraction thereof. The district need not
present all the awards to which it is entitled each year.
It is not appropriate to nominate a Scouter who has already received this award.
A professional Scouter or other council employee may not receive this award based on employment service. However, a professional
Scouter or employee who also serves as a volunteer Scouter may be eligible, based on volunteer service.

REQUIREMENTS

1. A nominee must be a registered Scouter.
2. A nominee must have rendered noteworthy service to youth in Scouting, outside Scouting, or both.
Note: The nature and value of “noteworthy service to youth” may consist of a single plan or decisions that contributed
vitally to the lives of large numbers of youth or it may have been given to a small group over an extended period
of time.
3. Consideration must be given to the nominee’s Scouting position and the corresponding opportunity to render outstanding
service beyond the expectations of that Scouting position.
4. The nominee’s attitude toward and cooperation with the district and/or council is to be taken into consideration.
5. Nominations cannot be considered for posthumous awards.

PROCEDURE

1. Annually, district chairmen will appoint a temporary special District Award of Merit committee of not more than five persons who
will consider all candidates and make recommendations of those to receive the award to the council through the Scout executive.
2. The Scout executive will inform the district chairman of those nominations approved by the council committee.
3. The following procedure is suggested for such presentation ceremonies:
a. The recipient and spouse should be in attendance at the annual meeting or recognition dinner.
b. A district and/or council officer should explain the award and its significance.
c. Eagle Scouts or Silver Award Venturers should be asked to escort the recipients to a place of honor at the head table or
on stage.
d. A suitable citation for each recipient should be read indicating what each has done in Scouting.
e. The award (certificate, No. 33719; plaque, No. 17565; and lapel pin, No. 17551) may be presented at this time with appropriate
congratulations.
f. The only uniform insignia which accompanies this award is an embroidered overhand knot, No. 05013.
g. A group picture may be taken for use in neighborhood or community newspapers (district responsibility).


To download the District Award of Merit Nomination form - Click Here


The Rick Gannon Cub Scout Achievement Award

The Capitol District Unit Achievement Award Guide

Background

The Rick Gannon Award is a district unit achievement award dedicated to US Marine Corp Major Rick Gannon who was a great leader to men and boys alike. Rick's family and friends describe him as having outstanding character. Rick led by example. When he walked into the room you knew someone special was present. Rick was a dedicated and loving husband and father to his wife Sally and children Richard, Patrick, Connor, and Maria. He served as a dedicated Cubmaster for Pack 366 at Calvary United Methodist Church in Annapolis from 2000 to 2002. Rick was a leader and mentor to all of the boys in Pack 366. Scouting was a big part of his life. Families and boys were brought to Scouting because of Rick and his inspiration. He was a Cubmaster who will always be remembered in our hearts - as was demonstrated when his picture was placed in attendance at a Eagle Scout Court of Honor from one of his past Scouts. 
Rick was re-stationed from the US Naval Academy in 2002 to Twenty-nine Palms Marine Base, CA and then was deployed to combat duty in Iraq. Rick was killed in action on April 17, 2004 in Iraq, while leading a mission under fierce combat to liberate Iraqis, and rescuing a fellow wounded Marine in harms way, one of 350 under his command. Rick sacrificed his life to preserve our liberty, freedom, and national security. Cub Scout Pack 366 dedicates this award in sponsorship and on behalf of The Capitol District, Baltimore Area Council to Major Rick Gannon and his family. Cub Scout Pack 366 is very proud of all that this means to Scouting as Rick would so very much appreciate! 

Award

The award is presented to a Cub Scout Pack that displays the values of Scouting as personified by Rick. The Capitol District recognizes one Pack each year  for achieving the criteria listed in the next section.
The awards are silver trophy cups that inclued a inscription and is engraved with the unit designation and year.  The award is presented by the District Chairman to the winning unit. The cups are to be returned to the District Special Recognition and Awards Sub-committee by April.

Criteria

Units should consistently demonstrate the following criteria however it is not necessary to meet all of the criteria to be considered. Unit leaders or their Commissioners are encouraged to submit a written nomination describing the units achievements for the scouting year preceeding May 1. Feel free to attach unit newsletters, scanned news paper articles or other pertinent information.  Nominations must be received no later than the March roundtable cut-off date.

Nominations may also be mailed to Chuck Roydhouse, 217 Dewey Drive, Annapolis, MD 21401
or emailed to chuckroyd@comcast.net.

Packs can earn the distict unit achievement award by:

•    Using Cub Scouting's 12 Core Values throughout all elements of the program—service projects, ceremonies, games, skits, songs, crafts, and all the other activities enjoyed at den and pack meetings
•    Using Cub Scouting’s 10 purposes to build character, learn citizenship, and develop personal fitness
•    Implementing a yearly outdoors program that includes day camp, resident camp, pack overnighters, and many other outdoor activities
•    Providing quality programs in fun and safe environments
•    Promoting rank advancement from Bobcat to Arrow of Light culminating with with transition to a Boy Scout troop
•    Promoting advancement in the den and home as a way for Scouts to learn and demonstrate skills and knowledge 
•    Achieving 100 percent adult in position training
•    Helping Scouts define their self-worth and enhance their self-esteem
•    Helping others by participating in and volunteering to assist at several District events  
•    Supporting yearly Friends of Scouting campaigns 
•    Achieving Gold or Silver Journey to Excellence status year after year


To download the formal Rick Gannon Pack Award document - Click Here


The Marty Rowland Boy Scout Achievement Award

The Capitol District Unit Achievement Award Criteria Guide

Background

The Marty Rowland Award is a district unit achievement award dedicated to Marty Rowland, an individual of extraordinary courage and leadership, who served as the Scoutmaster of Troop 454 for over 25 years. Marty believed in the Scouting ideals with every fiber of his being. Marty exemplified Scouting values and character in every aspect of the program he lead during his tenure as Scoutmaster. He also believed in service, giving back to the local community and supporting the District.
 

Award

The award is presented to a Boy Scout Troop that displays the values of Scouting as personified by Marty. The Capitol District recognizes one Boy Scout Troop each year  for achieving the criteria listed in the next section.
The awards are silver trophy cups that inclued a inscription and are engraved with the unit designation and year of award.  The award is presented by the District Chairman to the winning unit. The cups are to be returned to the District Special Recognition and Awards Sub-committee by April.

Criteria

Units should consistently demonstrate the following criteria however it is not necessary to meet all of the criteria to be considered. Unit leaders or their Commissioners are encouraged to submit a written nomination describing the units achievements for the scouting year preceeding May 1. Feel free to attach unit newsletters, scanned news paper articles or other pertinent information. Nominations must be received no later than the March roundtable cut-off date.

Nominations may also be mailed to Chuck Roydhouse, 217 Dewey Drive, Annapolis, MD 21401
or emailed to chuckroyd@comcast.net.

Troops can earn the district unit achievement award by:

•    Espousing Scouting values on a regular basis 
•    Displaying Scouting spirit and character
•    Providing quality programs in fun and safe environments
•    Using advancement as a way for Scouts to demonstrate skills and knowledge
•    Providing community service to show community civic-mindedness
•    Helping Scouts define their self-worth and enhance their self-esteem
•    Participating regularly in annual events within the District
•    Broadening the minds of Scouts by traveling to near and not-so-near locales as part of their program 
•    Promoting Cross-over from Cub Scout by fostering Pack and Troop relationships including Den Chief participation
•    Promoting rank advancement from Scout to Eagle Scout with Palms
•    Achieving 100 percent youth and adult in position training
•    Supporting the welcoming home our military each year
•    Helping others by participating in and volunteering to assist at several District events  
•    Supporting yearly Friends of Scouting campaigns 
•    Achieving Gold or Silver Journey to Excellence status year after year


To download the formal Marty Rowland Troop Award document - Click Here


The Mark Mulligan Venturing Achievement Award

The Capitol District Unit Achievement Award Criteria Guide

Background

The Mark Mulligan Venturing Award is a district unit achievement award dedicated to Mark Mulligan, an individual who exemplifies ‘Delivering the Promise’ of Scouting.  Mark has been instrumental in fostering the Venturing program witihin The Capitol District and BAC. 
The Venturing Oath challenges young men and women to strengthen America, to be faithful in religious duties, to help others, and to seek truth, fairness, and adventure in our world.  Ventures support their Code by believing that America’s strength lies in their trust in God and in the courage, strength, and traditions of our people.  Ventures commit to maintain a personal sense of honor in life, treasure the American heritage and do whatever they can to preserve and enrich it.  They recognize the dignity and worth of all humanity and use fair play and goodwill in their daily life.  They live the Venturing attitude that seeks the truth in all things and adventure of our changing world.

Award

The award is presented to a Venturing Crew that displays the values of Scouting as personified by Mark. The Capitol District recognizes one Venture Crew each year  for achieving the criteria listed in the next section.
Venture Patrols may compete for this award if they (a) pursue a distinct program within their Troop giving them a distinct identity  and (b) they meet the other requirements of this award (overall Troop actions may not be used to qualify however specific Venture Patrol actions do).
The awards are silver trophy cups that inclued a inscription and are engraved with the unit designation and year of award.  The award is presented by the District Chairman to the winning unit. The cups are to be returned to the District Special Recognition and Awards Sub-committee by April.

Criteria

Units should consistently demonstrate the following criteria. It is not necessary to meet all of the criteria to be considered. Unit leaders or their Commissioners are encouraged to submit a written nomination describing the units achievements for the scouting year preceeding May 1. Feel free to attach unit newsletters, scanned news paper articles or other pertinent information. Nominations must be received no later than the March roundtable cut-off date.

Nominations may also be mailed to Chuck Roydhouse, 217 Dewey Drive, Annapolis, MD 21401
or emailed to chuckroyd@comcast.net.

Crews can earn the district unit achievement award by:

•    Implementing a program of exciting and meaningful activities that helps the crew pursue their special interests, grow, develop leadership skills, and become good citizens
•    Providing positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults
•    Implementing a high adventure program that helps to provide team-building opportunities, meaningful experiences, practical leadership application, and lifelong memories to young adults
•    Maintaining an active youth officer lead crew
•    Demonstrating support in strengthening America through civic and volunteer activities within our communities, religious organizations and their chartering organization
•    Teaching skills to younger scout participating in BSA and GSUSA units throughout the year
•    Seeking truth, fairness and adventure in our world by attending at least one Council Venture Rendezvous, or general scouting group activity  per year
•    Using the Venturing advancement program to recognize the youth's competence and ability
•    Promoting achievement of Bronze, Gold, Silver, Ranger, Quatermaster, Quest, Trust, Shooting and Leadership Awards
•    Achieving 100 percent youth and adult in position training
•    Supporting the welcoming home of our military each year
•    Helping others by participating in and volunteering to assist at several District events  
•    Supporting yearly Friends of Scouting campaigns .
•    Achieving Gold or Silver Journey to Excellence status year after year


To download the formal Mark Mulligan Venturing Award document - Click Here


The Silver Beaver Nomination Process
(Awarded by the Baltimore Area Council)

The Silver Beaver Award is one of the more prestigious awards made by the Boy Scouts of America.  Established in 1931, the Silver Beaver Award is presented for distinguished service to young people within a BSA local council.  More than 50,000 recognitions have been conferred to date.
As a movement whose leadership is overwhelmingly volunteer, the Boy Scouts of America recognizes the need to acknowledge the invaluable services that men and women render to youth. The recognitions are granted by one's own peers in Scouting for distinguished service to youth. Other BSA awards, by comparison, are granted only to those who have completed a prescribed course of study or have participated in special training sessions. 
The Silver Beaver Award is the highest award the Baltimore Area Council can bestow on an Adult Scouter.  This award is presented annually to approximately 12 Scouters in the Baltimore Area Council.  Throughout the Capitol District there are many Scouters that have done a great deal for their Units, the District, Council as well as supporting activities in their Churches, Communities, Civic Organizations and Schools etc.  Many contribute financially to scouting through donations to the James E. West Foundation and the Annual Friends to Scouting. These Scouters deserve to be recognized by their peers for their contribution to the Scouting Program, for their years of training and for holding positions of responsibility that afford the Scouts and their fellow Scouters a vibrant Program.
Competition is stiff; nominations from The Capitol District will be evaluated along with 4-10 submissions coming from each of the other 9 Districts in the Council.  It is therefore important that our nominations include quality letters of recommendation which elaborate on the contributions and accomplishments the nominee has made throughout their life including Service to Country.

Please feel free to email me at chuckroyd@comcast.net if you have questions or would like to meet to review and discuss how to develop a nomination. You may want to review sample nominations that have been used in the past.

Requirements

Acting through the National Court of Honor, the Boy Scouts of America may award the Silver Beaver for distinguished service to youth upon the following basis and procedure. 
•    The award may be made each year upon the nomination of chartered local councils. 
•    The award is made for noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth of registered Cub Scouters, Scouters, Varsity Scouters and Exploring leaders within the territory under the jurisdiction of a local council.
•    Each duly chartered council shall be entitled to one nomination. Councils having more than 60 units shall be entitled to further nominations on the basis of one for each additional 60 units or fraction thereof in their territory.
•    Long established policy limits the award of the Silver Beaver to adults (over 21) who are registered as volunteer Scouters.
•    Nominations will not be considered for former professional Scouters within 5 years of their leaving the profession.
•    Nominations cannot be considered for posthumous awards.
This information received in this nomination will be treated in a confidential manner.  Nominees should not be informed of the nomination. Nominations must be submitted on the BAC Silver Beaver application. 
It is important that you state the reasons why you believe the nominee’s service has been outstanding, either as a Unit, District and/or Council Scouter.  Also, it is important to illustrate the individual’s non-Scouting service to their community via civic, religious, business and other affiliations.  Although length of service rendered receives consideration, it is even more important that the service be of an outstanding nature; i.e., that the contribution made through leadership and service be far reaching in its effect on helping to provide boys with the best program of Scouting.

BAC Distinguished Awards Committee Requests

If you are nominating an individual for Silver Beaver the BAC Distinguished Awards Committee requires that a BAC Silver Beaver Nomination form (see link below) accompany the supporting documentation. Packages should be organized for submission into a 3 ring binder with this form on top. 
Key Consideration for the Award encompasses several areas of service.
1.    Has the nominee received the District Award of Merit or any other Scouting or Religious Awards.
2.    What positions have they served in Scouting, Committee Chairman, COR, Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Venture Crew Advisor, Asst. Cubmaster, Asst Scoutmaster or any other supporting position to a Unit, District or Council. 
3.    Other areas of consideration are service to the Community. Serving on a Community Association such as the Booster Club & PTA for schools, Volunteering at Hospitals, Fire Department Police Department or any other volunteer organization service.
4.    Another area to consider is Church activities in a supporting role.  Church Committees or Boards etc.
5.    As many letters of recommendation from Peers, Clergy, fellow workers or Supervisors, fellow Scouters, Neighbors and friends should be provided.

Processing Procedure

1.    Please deliver nomination packages with photo to me by October 30th. 2016. I will confirm that submissions are complete and will hand deliver all nominations after making copies for the District records.  If you have any questions I can be reached at 410-268-0979 or by email chuckroyd@comcast.net.
2.    This year’s deadline for submissions to the Baltimore Area Council is November 30th. 2016.
3.    The Scout executive will inform the district chairman of those nominations approved by the council committee.

Award Materials

Pendant: Silver Beaver Award, blue and white ribbon and pendant, No. 00331
Silver charm: formal wear as illustrated, No. 00665
Civilian lapel pin: No. 00033
Civilian lapel pin with diamond: No. 00200
Knot: embroidered blue and white knot, blue to right, No. 05003, above left pocket. 

 

Nomination Documents

You must use the BAC Silver Beaver award and application form which can be found at:
http://www.baltimorebsa.org/document/silver-beaver-application/154769

Rules and Regulations

From Article X, Section 6, of the “Rules and Regulations of the Boy Scouts of America.”
Clause 3. The Boy Scouts of America, acting through the National Court of Honor, may award the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to youth upon the following basis and procedure:
A.    This award may be made each year upon the nomination of chartered local councils. These nominations shall be submitted not less than 30 days in advance of the date upon which it is desired to present the awards.
B.    The award is made for noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth by registered Scouters, Cub Scouters and Explorer Leaders within the territory under the jurisdiction of a local council.
C.    As evidenced of the award, there shall be presented: a suitable certificate, duly authenticated by the Boy Scouts of America, pursuant to the action of the National Court of Honor, and a miniature Silver Beaver suspended by a blue, white and blue ribbon to be worn around the neck.
D.    It shall be a general policy that no public announcements shall be made by the local council in advance of action by the National Court of Honor with reference to names presented for consideration.
E.    These awards shall be made to the recipients by the local council concerned in connection with its annual meeting or other public function.


To download the formal Silver Beaver Award document - Click Here