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Adult Recognition Award Nominations

Adult Recognition Awards 2022

Guidelines

The following Guidelines should be used when making an Adult Recognition Award nomination:
  • Adult Recognition Awards are awarded to Adult Leaders, Young Adult Members (Rover Scouts), and Other Members and Supporters who have given valuable service to Scouts Australia over an extended period. Such Awards are granted for sustained commitment to the Association, both within and beyond the Adult Leaders, Young Adult members, and Other Members and Supporters designated role and responsibilities.
  • Rover Scouts may be considered for an Adult Recognition Award (defined in R13.5.8) where their contribution to Scouting is beyond the level of service expected of a participant in the Rover Scout section. Where the contribution spans across more than 5 years, then the Rover Service Award (defined in R 9.5) is to be considered.
  • These guidelines provide a summary of the provisions which can be found in the current edition of Policy and Rules (R13.5)
  • Many of the Awards are associated with periods of service, but under exceptional circumstances, the typical service period may be reduced to recognise highly intense / complex periods of activity and special effort.
  • Corresponding distinctive cloth emblems (for wearing on uniform) and certificates are issued with Awards. A Scouts Australia L lapel pin for wearing in civilian dress, is issued when the first Award is presented.
  • A nomination may be initiated by any Member or Formation of Scouts Australia and may be sent directly to the relevant Branch Chief Commissioner.
To be considered for an Award the Nominee must meet the following criteria:
  • Carrying out the responsibilities of their current position in Scouting, Certificate of Proficiency or non-uniformed management role to the highest standard which contributes to Youth membership growth or the wellbeing of Scouting.
  • Promoting team work and a positive attitude in mentoring fellow Adults in Scouting.
  • Demonstrating leadership qualities which inspire enthusiasm among other Adults in Scouting and/or Young Adult members.
  • Providing ideas for the future direction of Scouting and demonstrating how they can be implemented to contribute to the development of Youth and / or Adults influenced by their role.
  • For the higher Awards, contributing to the wider Association by involvement in activities beyond the level of responsibilities normally expected in the appointment or management role held.

Scouts Australia Policy and Rules defines Members in section P3.1 and Supporters in section P3.2. These definitions are shown below.

P3.1 MEMBERS

Membership of Scouts Australia is open to all people who live by the values of the Association. Members are those who are invested as Scouts by accepting the commitment of the Scout Promise and are current members of a Branch according to Branch rules.

There are three categories of membership:

Youth Members: Young people for whom the Youth Program is provided, within the age range defined for Scouts Australia.

Young Adult Members – Rover Scouts (Rovers): young adults from their 18th to their 26th birthdays. The Rover Scout Program is the final element of the Youth Program. Rover Scouts may also serve as Adult Leaders/Commissioners/Advisers.

Adult Members: Persons over the age of 18 in the following membership categories:

  • Adult Leaders/Commissioners: Persons appointed to a uniformed leadership role in the education of young people or in the management of Leaders in Scouts Australia at Group, District, Region, Branch or National levels.
  • Office Bearers/Advisers: Persons appointed to a leadership role in the management of Scouts Australia at Group, District, Region, Branch or National levels.
  • Adult Helpers: Persons appointed to assist in the delivery of the Youth Program on a regular basis within a Group.
  • Scout Fellowship: Persons affiliated with a Fellowship (Group/District/Region/Branch) attached to a Formation of Scouts Australia.
  • Life Members/Honorary Members: Adults appointed in accordance with the rules and procedures of Scouts Australia and its Branches in recognition of long and distinguished service to Scouting.
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P3.2 SUPPORTERS

Those persons who support the Purpose and Principles of Scouts Australia but have not made the commitment of the Scout Promise. These may include:

  • Parents/caregivers and officers of the committees who are not invested members.
  • Supporters who give material, fundraising and other support.
  • Distinguished citizens whose patronage, encouragement and support are welcome.
  • Sponsors of Scout Groups.
  • Participants in school or community-based Scout programs.

Adult Recognition Award

Adult Leaders (current Certificate of Proficiency)

Award NameCriterionMedalCloth EmblemApproved byAwarded By
Special Service Award*Awarded to Young Adult Members (Rover Scouts), Adult Members and Supporters for the successful support, development or management of a Section or Formation, or for an intense contribution over a period of at least 12 months to the success of a major event or major activity. ‘Special Service’ is defined as making a noteworthy contribution in their role. This Award can be made in the first three year assignment / period of service.Bronze medallion, depicting “Scouts Australia logo worn around the neck on a white ribbonwhite and green knot on a blue backgroundBranch Chief CommissionerBranch Chief Scout or Chief Scout of Australia (according to the practice of the Branch)
Meritorious Service Award*Awarded to Young Adult Members (Rover Scouts), Adult Members and Supporters for meritorious or praiseworthy service to Scouts Australia for a period of around six to eight years. ‘Meritorious Service’ is defined as performing to a higher standard for longer or more intensely, than would be reasonably expected.Silver medallion depicting the “Scouts Australia” logo worn around the neck on a yellow ribbonyellow knot on a blue backgroundBranch Chief CommissionerBranch Chief Scout or Chief Scout of Australia (according to the practice of the Branch)
Silver Wattle* ^Awarded for outstanding service to Scouts Australia as an Adult Member in an active Leadership role, for a period of around ten to twelve years. ‘Outstanding service’ is defined as a performance at a consistently high standard, normally over a number of assignments, all of which have provided positive outcomes for Scouting. This person’s contribution to Scouting clearly stands out from that of his / her peer group.Silver medallion depicting a ‘Wattle Flower” worn around the neck on a green ribbongreen knot on a blue backgroundBranch Chief CommissionerBranch Chief Scout or Chief Scout of Australia (according to the practice of the Branch)
Silver Koala* ^Awarded for distinguished service to Scouts Australia as an Adult Member in an active Leadership role, for a period of around 14 to 16 years. It is expected that such distinguished service is at a consistently high level, normally over a number of assignments, resulting in a significant contribution to the wellbeing of Scouting and that the recipient is respected and highly regarded throughout the District / Region / Branch or Nationally.Silver Medallion depicting a “Koala” worn around the neck on an orange ribbonorange knot on a blue backgroundChief Commissioner of AustraliaChief Scout of Australia
Silver Emu* ^Awarded for further distinguished service to Scouts Australia by an Adult Member in an active Leadership role, for a period of at least four or five years since the Award of the Silver Koala. It is expected that such further distinguished service is at a consistently high level, over a number of assignments and at a number of levels within a Branch or at a National level, resulting in further significant contributions to the wellbeing of Scouting.Silver medallion depicting an “Emu” worn around the neck on a purple ribbonpurple knot on a blue backgroundChief Commissioner of AustraliaChief Scout of Australia
Silver Kangaroo* ^ #Awarded for eminent achievement and exceptional service to Scouts Australia by an Adult Member in an active Leadership role, over a long period, in a number of roles at various levels within the organisation, or for a unique and highly valued contribution to the wellbeing of Scouting.Silver medallion depicting a “Kangaroo” worn around the neck on a gold ribbon with two green stripesgold knot on a dark green backgroundChief Commissioner of AustraliaChief Scout of Australia

* To be nominated for an Award, a Leader must have completed the mandatory Scouting Preliminary of “Child Safe Scouting” and “WHS for Scouting”.

^ A Leader nominated for an Award of Silver Wattle and above, is required to have completed a Wood Badge and if not relevant to their current role, then Leadership training (formerly referred to as “Advanced Training”) aligned to their appointment.

A Leader who has recently changed roles (i.e., within the last 12 months) may be nominated for an award of the Silver Wattle and above without completing Leadership training aligned to their current appointment, as long as they hold a Wood badge and Leadership training relevant to their immediate previous role

Young Adult Members (Rover Scouts)

Award NameCriterionMedalCloth EmblemApproved byAwarded By
Special Service Award*Awarded to Young Adult Members (Rover Scouts), Adult Members and Supporters for the successful support, development or management of a Section or Formation, or for an intense contribution over a period of at least 12 months to the success of a major event or major activity. ‘Special Service’ is defined as making a noteworthy contribution in their role. This Award can be made in the first three year assignment / period of service.Bronze medallion depicting the “Scouts Australia” logo worn around the neck on a white ribbonwhite and green knot on a blue backgroundBranch Chief CommissionerBranch Chief Scout or Chief Scout of Australia (according to the practice of the Branch)
Meritorious Service Award*Awarded to Young Adult Members (Rover Scouts), Adult Members and Supporters for meritorious or praiseworthy service to Scouts Australia for a period of around six to eight years. ‘Meritorious Service’ is defined as performing to a higher standard for longer or more intensely, than would be reasonably expected.Silver medallion depicting the “Scouts Australia” logo worn around the neck on a yellow ribbonyellow knot on a blue backgroundBranch Chief CommissionerBranch Chief Scout or Chief Scout of Australia (according to the practice of the Branch)
Rover Service AwardThe Rover Scout Service Award is awarded by Branch Rover Councils on the recommendation of a Unit, Region Rover Council, or the Branch Rover Council itself to Rover Scouts, Rover Advisers, other uniformed members of the Scout Movement, and / or non-uniformed people, who give outstanding service to the Rover Scout Section for a period of greater than five years. Note: in accordance with P&R Rule 13.5.10 the Rover Service Award may be given at any time during the year. Silver medallion depicting a red background “Scouts Australia” logo worn around the neck on a red and white striped ribbonred and white on a navy backgroundBranch Rover Council, Branch Chief Scout, or Chief Scout of Australia (according to the practice of the Branch).Branch Rover Council, Branch Chief Scout, or Chief Scout of Australia (according to the practice of the Branch).

* To be nominated for an Award, a Young Adult Member (Rover Scout), must have completed the mandatory Scouting Preliminary of “Child Safe Scouting” and “WHS for Scouting”.

Other Members and Supporters

Award NameCriterionRibbonApproved byAwarded By
Special Service Award*Awarded to Young Adult Members, Adult Members and Supporters for the successful support, development or management of a Section or Formation, or for an intense contribution over a period of at least 12 months to the success of a major event or major activity. ‘Special Service’ is defined as making a noteworthy contribution in their role. This Award can be made in the first three year assignment / period of service.worn around the neck on a white ribbonBranch Chief CommissionerBranch Chief Scout or Chief Scout of Australia (according to the practice of the Branch)
Meritorious Service Award*Awarded to Young Adult Members, Adult Members and Supporters for meritorious or praiseworthy service to Scouts Australia for a period of around six to eight years. ‘Meritorious Service’ is defined as performing to a higher standard for longer or more intensely, than would be reasonably expected.worn around the neck on a yellow ribbonBranch Chief CommissionerBranch Chief Scout or Chief Scout of Australia (according to the practice of the Branch)
Outstanding Service Award*Awarded for outstanding service to Scouts Australia for a period of at least twelve years, to non-uniformed Members and Supporters.worn around the neck on a green ribbonBranch Chief CommissionerBranch Chief Scout or Chief Scout of Australia (according to the practice of the Branch)
Distinguished Service Award*Awarded for distinguished service to Scouts Australia as an Adult Member or Supporter for a period of around 18 to 20 years. It is expected that such distinguished service is at a consistently high level, providing significant and valuable support to a Group or higher Formation and that the recipient is respected and highly regarded throughout the District / Region / Branch or Nationally.worn around the neck on an orange ribbonChief Commissioner of AustraliaChief Scout of Australia
National President's Award* +Awarded for eminent achievement and exceptional service to Scouts Australia by Adult Members and Supporters, over a long period in a number of significant roles within the organisation, or for a unique and highly valued contribution to the wellbeing of Scouting.worn around the neck on a red ribbon Chief Commissioner of AustraliaNational President

* To be nominated for an Award an “Other Member” as defined in Scouts Australia Policy and Rules P3.1 must have completed the mandatory Scouting Preliminary “Child Safe Scouting” and “WHS for Scouting”. To be nominated for an Award a “Supporter” as defined in Scouts Australia Policy and Rules P3.2 does not need to have completed the mandatory Scouting Preliminary “Child Safe Scouting” and “WHS for Scouting”.

International Recognition

The Chief Scout of Australia, on the recommendation of the Chief Commissioner of Australia, may make an award under the Scouts Australia Adult Recognition Awards scheme to a member of a Scout Association affiliated with the World Organisation of the Scout Movement. Where such an award should be considered, Branch Members are invited to write to the Chief Commissioner of Australia detailing the level of Award and reasons why c/- National Office at aras@scouts.com.au. Applications will only be considered where the nominee’s contribution has had a direct benefit to Scouts Australia.