Ottawa District Award Central

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.

Nominations Due March 31, 2021

The Silver Acorn Award recognizes unit level volunteers who demonstrate selfless service to the Scouts of the unit they are serving in. An acorn holds safe a single seed of an oak tree. It protects that seed for up to 18 months ensuring that the seed is prepared to fulfill its place in the world. From that single seed an oak tree can grow to 100 feet and stretch its branches to over 135 feet. Oak trees can live 1,000 years and in the span of its life will produce 10 million acorns.

A leader should embody the spirit of the acorn. Instilling the Scout Oath and Law into kids so that those youth will have a large and lasting impact.

Nominations Due March 31, 2021

The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given at the council level. This nomination form must be sent to the local council.

To prevent embarrassment, the candidate should not be notified of this nomination.

Nominations Due March 1, 2021

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.

Ottawa District:  Keepers of the Trade 
Serving the communities in  School Districts: 300, 301, 303, 304, 101, 129, 131 and U-46 of Kane and Cook County