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.

Rocket Award:

The Gila River Rocket Award is awarded to an individual who has been active for a year or less and has been an energizer and source of enthusiasm within their scouting unit. This person is a stand-out, showing great promise for a future of leadership and service. The Award recognizes their contributions and acknowledges the recipient has been a rocket of action, encouraging their continued service and dedication to the unit. (Maximum of 7 to be awarded)

Star Scouter Award:

This award recognizes Adult Scouters who dedicate their time to promoting the Spirit of Scouting to others in service to the District. This includes service such as coordinating District Program, Advancement Committee, Round Table or serving on the District Committee. (Maximum of 4 to be awarded)

District Scout of the Year:

Overview

  1. The nominee will be at least 12 years of age, but less than 18 at the time of selection and a Star Rank or higher. Can not be an SPL.
  2. Have demonstrated leadership activities in Scouting and a strong record of participation in activities outside of Scouting.
  3. Must be an active registered member/participant in the Gila River District
  4. Nominations must be received by TBD

Who Can Earn This Award?

Presented to registered scouts of the district in the same manner the Green Machine is. This award celebrates scouts that exhibit faithfulness in their religious duties, desirable qualities of character as defined in the Scout Law, patriotism and civic responsibility/citizenship, courage, self-reliance, and personal fitness. This award can only be earned 1 time.

District Honor Senior Patrol Leader

Overview

  1. Nominee will be an SPL for some portion of the 2018 calendar year .
  2. Have led multiple unit activities as SPL including Troop ITLS, Court of Honors and a strong record of participation in activities outside of Scouting.
  3. Must be an active registered member/participant in the Gila River District
  4. Nominations must be received from the Unit Leader

Who Can Earn This Award?

Presented to registered scouts of the district in the same manner the Green Machine is. This award celebrates SPLs that exhibit faithfulness in their religious duties, desirable qualities of character as defined in the Scout Law, patriotism and civic responsibility/citizenship, courage, self-reliance, and personal fitness. This award can only be earned 1 time.

Green Machine Award:

The Gila River Green Machine Service award recognizes Adult Scouters who have been working directly with the youth in their units for more than 10 years. This includes positions such as Cub Masters, Den Leaders, Scout Masters, Advisors, and the Assistant Leaders to these positions. (Maximum of 7 to be awarded)

Paul Ruff Award:

This award is Gila River District’s Outstanding New Commissioner Award and is named in honor of Commissioner Paul Ruff. Paul was a US Navy Veteran and was also a professor at Arizona State University. Paul Ruff committed many years of his life to the scouting program including service as our District Commissioner. This award is presented to the new Commissioner who has gone above and beyond their normal commissioner duties. (Maximum of 3 to be awarded)

Theo LeBaron Service Award:

The Theo LeBaron award is named after a longtime Scouter who gave almost 3 decades of service to the District. He was active in every part of scouting from Scoutmaster to Committee Member as well as Commissioner Service in the District, always going above and beyond to help Scouts and the scouting program. This award is based on truly exceptional service and tenure for both unit and District level support and is meant to recognize Scouters who have shown the same dedication to scouting as legacy left by Theo LeBaron. (Maximum of 1 to be awarded)

Scout Family of the Year:

Overview

The family is an important part of Scouting. Family support for each youth is vital to his or her success in Scouting. Those parents who volunteer as leaders are a vital support for other kids as well as their own. The extra effort that parents put forth as leaders, in addition to their family responsibilities, deserve to be recognized. But when the whole family is involved in Scouting, they deserve recognition all the more. The Family of the Year award is a way to honor these families by selecting, from those nominated, the family whose work as a team in Scouting has made the greatest difference in our community.

Who Can Earn This Award?

Presented to families of registered scouts where at least 1 adult family member is also a registered volunteer and all volunteers are current with Youth Protection Training. Presented in the same manner the Green Machine is . This award celebrates families who have dedicated a significant of time, energy and emotion into supporting the program. This award can only be earned 1 time.

(Maximum of 3 to be awarded)

Lem Siddons Honor Roll of Scouting Achievement

Overview

Let’s face it: Follow-Me Boys is a classic scout movie really more for adults, not youth. It is because many who are passionate want to leave a legacy, have impact beyond ourselves, and see scouting thrive. In the end, he was the richest man in town – and he got the girl!

Who Can Earn This Award?

Presented to adult volunteers and youth who are taking on multiple duties in a unit to move the program and the scouting movement forward. There are no limits or minimums – just honorable mention in communications such as Facebook, etc. for a job well done.

How To Get the Award

The honor roll is published in the annual district program guide for the annual awards dinner.

District Award of Merit:

The BSA District Award of Merit is the highest award that the District can bestow upon a dedicated adult Scouter. The adult scouters recognized for this award have, in the eyes of their peers, rendered noteworthy service to the youth both in scouting and in their community. They have served their units faithfully, often going above and beyond the call of duty. In addition to serving their home units and the community they also dedicate additional time to helping the District function.