Commissioner Awards and Recognition

THE ROLE OF RECOGNITION

Recognition has been a fundamental part of Scouting from its beginning. Done well, it is a powerful tool that can help leaders set goals, define accomplishments, encourage skill development, celebrate commitment and achievement, and inspire others to strive for similar success.

Effective recruiting is essential to effective unit service and recognition can help us identify and recruit the volunteers to serve as commissioners. Recognition criteria should provide a clear definition of success: the attitude, skills, training and behavior needed to perform effectively in a position.

For commissioners, effective recognition supports recruiting and developing a team that will help unit leaders start and build strong, sustainable units that will enable them better serve more youth through Scouting.

COMMISSIONER RECOGNITION

Commissioner recognition and this awards and recognition website have three objectives:

  1. Establish recognition opportunities for all commissioners.
  2. Establish consistent requirements that incorporate the contemporary tools and techniques commissioners use.
  3. Provide easy access to information, including opportunities, requirements, progress records, certificates, and available recognition items.

There are three categories of commissioner awards and recognition:

  • Recognition of an individual’s commitment to serve.
  • Recognition of an individual’s development.
  • Recognition of an individual’s impact.

There are also three classifications of commissioner awards and recognition:

  • Recognition from an individual’s selection to serve.
  • Recognition from an individual’s application for an award.
  • Recognition from an individual’s nomination for an award.

Commissioner Service Awards

Trained Emblem
A commissioner may earn this award up to three times while registered as a commissioner at any level. Learn more.

Arrowhead Honor
A commissioner may earn this award up to three times while registered as a commissioner at any level. Learn more.

Commissioner Key
The Commissioner’s Key encourages and recognizes continuing training, performance, and tenure by commissioners. Learn more.

Commissioner Award of Excellence in Unit Service
The Commissioner Award of Excellence in Unit Service is awarded to a commissioner who provides exemplary unit service, focusing on unit performance as measured in Journey to Excellence and through the use of the current Boy Scouts of America Unit Service Plan and Commissioner Tools. A commissioner may earn this award up to three times while registered as a commissioner at any level. Learn more.

Distinguished Commissioner Service Award
The Distinguished Commissioner Service Award is the highest recognition that can be given to a commissioner who has consistently engaged in distinguished and exceptional commissioner service resulting in significant, positive impact to youth, units, and a district and/or council. Learn more.

Doctorate of Commissioner Science Award
The Doctorate of Commissioner Science Knot Award recognizes completion of a standardized training program including a thesis or project, the awarding of the Doctorate of Commissioner Science from a College of Commissioner Science, and the achievement of performance objectives to improve unit service. Learn more.