Ottawa District Award Central

The Ottawa District wants to recognize and thank our volunteers for their dedication to serving the youth of our communities through Scouting. There are many position specific and training related Knots and Awards available to volunteers. Use the link below to check them all out.

Most adult awards and recognitions have certificates, pins or medals. A patch usually with a square knot embroidered on it in different colors can be worn on a 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.

To submit any award Nomination or Application Forms to the Ottawa District for approval use the link below. You will need to upload the completed form with the exception of any district or council volunteer signatures. Award submissions are reviewed monthly by the appropriate Ottawa District Volunteer Committee. All awards will be held until the Ottawa District Annual Recognition Dinner. When making an award submission it can be indicated that you would prefer to pick up the award at the St. Charles Scout Shop.

Use the link below to submit all Award Nomination and Application Forms for Approval.

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 for the 2021 year are due February 1, 2022

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 are due February 1, 2022

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 for the 2021 year are due March 1, 2022