BACKGROUND: Guiding Principles of our District Awards Program

The Gila River District seeks to recognize all the great our Scouts and volunteer leaders do each year in support of the BSA mission :

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

While the program is and should always be focused on the scout, the district appreciates that it is the adults that support the framework and provide the logistics to ensure it thrives and moves forward.

The function of the District is to carry out functions in the areas of Membership, Finance, Program, Camp Promotion, Training, Activities & Civic Service, Advancement & Recognition and Unit (Commissioner) service.

The annual awards process of the district supports Advancement and recognition through:

  • Helping existing units provide a quality program for their youth
  • Recognizing those of the district in terms of volunteers and money

The district committee provides things essential to successful Scouting that the chartered organization cannot easily provide, including promotion of the BSA advancement program by providing merit badge counselors and coaching unit committees on advancement procedures & recognizing the service and activities that make an effective program for our youth.

Gila River District does this through a formal awards ceremony each winter for our constituent units.

Roundtable Attendance Award

Overview: For outstanding Roundtable Attendance Records

What is the Award?

Certificate and Gift Card

Roundtable Unit Attendance Award

Overview: For outstanding Roundtable Attendance Records

What is the Award?

Certificate and Gift Card

Friends of Scouting Award

Overview: Nominated by the Key 3

What is the Award?

Certificate

W.D. Boyce New Unit Organizer Award

Overview: Establish a new Scouting unit

What is the Award?

Certificate, uniform knot

Annual of the Year Awards

Overview: We give many “________ of the Year Awards”.

Scouter of the Year, Scouting Family of the Year, District Committee Member of the Year, Chartered Organization Representative of the Year, Unit Committee Chair of the Year, Tiger Den Leader of the Year, Den Leader of the Year, Webelos Leader of the Year, Cubmaster of the Year, Scoutmaster of the Year, Assistant Scoutmaster of the Year, Venturing Advisor of the Year, Exploring Advisor of the Year.

Who Can Earn This Award?

Nominated by fellow Scouters for OUTSTANDING service in the Previous Year. 

Key 3 Award

Overview: 

This is a special award, designated by the District Key 3, for unusually dedicated service not covered by any other award. The award represents work for District Scouting that is important but mostly low profile in nature.

What is the Award?

Certificate

Ocotillo Scribe Award

Overview:

A Key 3 designated award given for outstanding news coverage of District and Unit scouting activities. It can be for print, radio, TV, or internet media. It can be for an individual, station, or agency. The award can be given for continuous coverage over time or for a specific event.

What is the Award?

Certificate

Commissioner’s Arrowhead Award

Overview: 

This award is given to a District, Unit or Roundtable Commissioner that has trained for his position, has planned and led District Roundtables, and has attended Council Commissioner Conference. Asst District Commissioner Nomination.

What is the Award?

Arrowhead Patch, uniform knot, certificate

Spark Plug Award

Overview:

This award is given to those volunteers who have given a year or more of Scouting service with spirit, determination, and enthusiasm, adding the “spark” that inspires others to volunteer. Any Yuma Scouter can nominate.

What is the Award?

Spark Plug trophy with name plate, certificate

Second Miler Award

Overview: This award is given to those Scouters who have given yet another year of outstanding service to the Yuma Scouting Community, or have worked an important assignment for a second year or more, thus walking the “second mile” for the youth of our community. Any Yuma Scouter can nominate.

What is This Award?

Walking stick, Certificate

Copper Star

Overview: Assistant District Commissioner for Yuma designated award. Given for outstanding service to the Yuma Scouting Community as a Unit, Roundtable, or District Commissioner. It can be for service over a period of time, or for outstanding service for an event or project.

What is the Award?:

Copper colored pendant suspended on a blue ribbon, uniform knot, certificate

Silver Sahuaro Award

Overview: Scouting Yuma Community Chair designated award given for outstanding service to the Ocotillo District. It can be for service over a period of time or for outstanding service for an event or project.

What is the Award?:

Silver colored pendant suspended on a blue ribbon, uniform knot, certificate

District Award of Merit

Overview: Available to registered Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature at the district level.

Who Can Receive This Award?

Presented to registered adult volunteers by districts in the same manner that the Silver Beaver is, as a national award presented by councils; it is not appropriate to nominate a Scouter who has already received this award. It is the highest honor that can be conveyed by a district and limited to a specific ratio dictated by the number of units. This is a seriously prestigious award.