Most adult awards and recognitions have certificates, pins or medals, and a patch usually with a square knot embroidered on it in different colors. Adult leaders wear these square knot patches on their uniform over the left pocket. The order that they are worn is up to the individual. To learn more see the Guide to Awards and Insignia.
Community Organization Award
Community Organization Award is a generic term used by the BSA to identify a category of awards used by secular, national, and community organizations to recognize their members for voluntary service and achievement. The organization must also be a BSA national chartered organization.
The recognition piece, the concept of the award, and the criteria for awarding and presenting it are developed and owned by the national community organization, which is also a chartered organization with the Boy Scouts of America. More than 20 different national chartered organizations have this award.
District Award of Merit
This is the highest honor a local district can bestow upon a volunteer. The award is presented to Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature at the district level. How districts accept nominations and present this award may vary. In addition to a plaque, certificate, and medal, a silver overhand knot on a blue background is presented to be worn on the uniform.
¡Scouting … Vale la Pena! Service Award
in development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for Hispanic/Latino youth. It is presented by the local council, which also sets the qualifications. In addition to a certificate and desk trophy, a blue-and-yellow square knot on a red background is presented to individuals to be worn on the uniform.
The highest honor a council can bestow on a volunteer is the Silver Beaver. Recipients of this award are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given at the council level. How councils accept nominations and present this award may vary. In addition to a certificate and medal, a white-and-blue square knot on a khaki background is presented to be worn on the uniform.
Silver Antelope and Silver Buffalo
Beyond service to the local council, the Silver Antelope is given at the regional level and the Silver Buffalo is given at the national level. These are presented at the National Annual Meeting of the BSA. In addition to certificates and medals, the Silver Antelope has a yellow-and-white square knot and the Silver Buffalo has a red-and-white square knot to be worn on the uniform.
Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award
The Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award recognizes outstanding service by an adult or an organization involved in development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for youth from rural or low-income urban backgrounds. In addition to a certificate and medal, a bronze-and-white square knot on a black background and gold border is presented to be worn on the uniform.