Scouter awards can be used to honor registered Adult Leaders. Most Scouter awards are 'knots' which are representative of pin-on medals, around-the-neck awards, or award certificates, and are designed for the convenience of the wearer. The knots are worn centered on the left side of the uniform, above the left pocket and in rows of three with the bottom edge of the knot emblem(s) touching the top edge of the pocket flap. Subsequent rows of knots are placed above the initial set, in rows of three and again, at the discretion of the wearer. There are some non-knot awards, such as the Amateur Radio Operator Rating Strip, the Arrowhead Honor, the Outdoor Ethics awards, etc.
If medals are worn instead, only five medals may be worn at a time pinned in a single row immediately above the seam of the left pocket. In the case of the District Award of Merit and Professional Training Award, the knot is the only wearable insignia.
The order of wearing of medals and knots is at the discretion of the wearer. It is suggested that the medal or knot deemed most important by the wearer be worn on his or her own right.
The loop of the embroidered square knot that comes in front of the standing part is always to the wearer's right. Knots are worn with the distinguishing color (not white) toward the wearer's right.
Sea Scout leaders are to wear no more than six Scouter Award knots and only for Sea Scouting awards. There is no limit to the number of Scouter Award knots that adult leaders in other programs may wear. Some scouters feel that only three or six knots should be worn but there is no official policy limiting the number of awards which may be worn.
Adult leaders may wear these adult leader knots to represent the following awards, if the award had been earned as a youth. Some of the awards may also be earned as an adult, and those are explicitly mentioned. Adult leaders may not wear the oval youth rank insignia.Amateur Radio Operator Rating Strip is available to any registered youth or adult leader with a valid amateur radio license, of any class, issued by the FCC.
Arrow of Light, red and green knot, green to right, No. 05018, for use by adult leaders only. The Arrow of Light is the highest award in Cub Scouting and can only be earned as a Webelos Scout.
Eagle Scout, cloth, red, white, and blue knot on tan with tan border, No. 05011, Scouter, above left pocket. The Eagle Scout Rank is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America. National Eagle Scout Association Life member, cloth, red, white, and blue knot on tan with silver border, No. 18092. May be only worn by life members of the National Eagle Scout Association.(Note: Only one of these knots may be worn, at the wearer's discretion.)
Quartermaster Award, cloth, navy blue knot on white, No. 05009, Sea Scout. The Quartermaster Award is the highest rank in Sea Scouts.
Venturing Leadership Award The Venturing Leadership Award is presented by councils, areas, regions, and the National Council to Venturers who have made exceptional contributions to Venturing and who exemplify the Venturing Code. Adults may earn this, but at least 50% of these awards in a given year must go to registered Venturing youth (less than 21-years old). That is, if a Council can award two or three in a year, then only one may go to an adult.
Venturing Silver Award, cloth, silver knot on green and white, green background to the wearer's right, No. 05027. The Venturing Silver Award is the highest award in the Venturing advancement program.
Youth Religious award, cloth, silver knot on purple, No. 05007, may be worn by youth or adult members who earned the knot as a youth member, above left pocket. Each faith has its own requirements for earning its emblem. A knot device may be used to indicate during which level of Scouting the award was earned.
Service & Support awards
People support Scouting in many varied ways. Some support Scouting with their time, some with monetary gifts, some in other ways. There are many adult-only awards available for adult volunteers, and community members who gave their time and/or financial support. Some of these awards are presented by the local council, some by the unit. Many service awards require the completion of Youth Protection training, Fast Start Training, Basic Leader Training for the position, and participation in roundtables or a pow wow or University of Scouting. Some require additional supplemental training. One to five years of registered service in the appropriate position may also be a requirement for each award. Tenure used for some awards may be used for another, although tenure for some awards may not be used for another award -- each award will say what is appropriate for that award.
Note that awards earned at one level (Cub Scouts, for example) may be worn at another level (such as Boy Scouts).Adult Religious award, cloth, purple knot on silver, No. 05014, may be worn by adult members presented with the recognition, above left pocket. Adults may wear both knots if they satisfy qualifying criteria. Presented for faithful service while an adult leader.
Alumni Award, cloth, red, blue, and gold knot, gold embroidery, No. 611866, Scouter, above left pocket. The BSA Alumni Award is presented to recognize an alumnus who has helped other alumni to reconnect with the program.
Asian American Spirit of Scouting Service Award Recognizes outstanding services by an adult individual or an organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for Asian American youth.
Arrowhead Honor, silver arrowhead, Commissioners, left sleeve. The Arrowhead Honor is for commissioners who exhibit quality performance and leadership.
Commissioner Award of Excellence in Unit Service, recognizes registered commissioner who is providing direct unit service - award focuses on unit retention.
Community Organization Award, purple cloth, gold knot, gold embroidery, No. 152316, Scouter, above left pocket. This knot is worn by those whom have received an award from en external community organization, specifically recognized by the BSA's Relationships Division, while serving as an adult member of the BSA.
Cub Scout Den Leader Award, cloth, gold knot on blue, No. 05016. is available to Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos Cub Scout Den Leaders who complete training, tenure, and performance requirements.
Distinguished Commissioner Service Award, cloth, silver knot on red, No. 05019, Scouter, above left pocket. Recognizes the active service of Unit Commissioners, District Commissions, and commissioners for at least 5 years and in meeting other quality and training criteria.
Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, is the Eagle Scout knot (No. 05011) worn with the DESA miniature pin, No. 00094. The Eagle Scout recipient must have gained status of fame or eminence in their life work, and have shared their talents with their communities on a voluntary basis.
District Award of Merit, cloth, silver overhand knot on dark blue, ends down, No. 05013. A council award for noteworthy service at the district level.
Doctorate of Commissioner Science Award, red cloth, silver square knot, yellow border, No. 18093, Commissioners, above left pocket. Completion of Doctorate of Commissioner Science Degree.
George Meany Award cloth, blue knot on red and white, restricted. The George Meany Award is a national recognition presented to an adult union member who has made a significant contribution to the youth of their community through Scouting.
International Scouter's Award, cloth, white and purple square knot, purple worn to the right, restricted. The International Scouter's Award encourages Scouters to broaden their involvement in Scouting through participation in world Scouting activities and recognizes Scouters for their contributions to world Scouting.
James E West Fellowship Award, cloth, green and gold knot on tan, No. 05026, Scout or Scouter. For a donation of $1,000 or more to a council endowment.
Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service Award, cloth, white knot on red, No. 05528, Scout or Scouter, restricted. The Distinguished Service Award was created in 1940 to honor those who rendered service to the Order of the Arrow beyond the lodge level.
Philmont Training Center Masters Track Award, cloth, red knot on yellow with yellow border, No. 18090, Scouter, above left pocket. The Philmont Training Center, the National Volunteer Training Center for the Boy Scouts of America, has developed a PTC Masters Track Program that encourages Scouting leaders to receive training themselves, yet also to help provide training to other leaders in their units, district, council, and other councils.
Professional Circle Award, cloth, black square knot on white with a black border, above left pocket. This award is for professional Scouters. It requires four years of service, three levels of professional training and performance levels set by Professional Directors.
Scouter's Key, cloth, green and white knot on tan, green to right, No. 05006, above left pocket. Recognizes certain leaders for completing at least three years of service, training, and quality program objectives. Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Coaches and Advisors may earn the Scouter’s Key Award and may wear the Scouter’s Key knot with an appropriate device.
Scouter's Training Award, cloth, green knot on tan, No. 05008, above left pocket. Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity and Venturing leaders may earn the Scouter’s Training Award and may wear the Scouter’s Training Award knot with an appropriate device.
¡Scouting ... Vale la pena! Service Award Recognizes outstanding services by an adult individual or an organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for Hispanic American/Latino youth.
Silver Antelope Award, cloth, gold and white knot on tan, gold to right, No. 05012A. The Silver Antelope Award, created in 1942, is granted for outstanding service to youth within the territory of a BSA region.
Silver Beaver Award, cloth, blue and white knot on tan, blue to right, No. 05003. Established in 1931, the Silver Beaver Award is presented for distinguished service to young people within a BSA local council.
Silver Buffalo Award, cloth, red and white knot on tan, red to right, No. 05004. The Silver Buffalo Award, created in 1925, is bestowed upon those who give truly noteworthy and extraordinary service to youth at the national level.
Silver World Award, cloth, red and white stripes, world, two stars are worn to the wearer's right, No. 05019. The Silver World Award, conceived in 1971, is presented by the BSA to world citizens who give outstanding service to their nation's youth or to young people in other countries.
Unit Leader Award of Merit, cloth, gold knot on blue, No. 610091 Recognizes Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Varsity Coachs and Venturing Crew Advisors for at least 18 months of service, training and meeting quality program objectives. Award can be earned multiple times. Replaces Scoutmaster Award of Merit, Varsity Coach Award of Merit and Venturing Advisor Award of Merit.
Whitney M Young Jr. Service Award Recognizes outstanding services by an adult individual or an organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for youth from rural or low-income urban backgrounds.
William D. Boyce Award , cloth, gray knot, gold, green, and red embroidery, No. 14269, Scouter, above left pocket. The William D. Boyce New-Unit Organizer Award is presented to recognize volunteers who organize one or more traditional Scouting units.
William H. Spurgeon Award, cloth, gold knot on green with gold border, No. ????, Scouter, above left pocket. This award is presented to adult Exploring leaders, businesses, and organizations at both the local and national level for service in support of the Exploring program.
William T. Hornaday awards, cloth, blue, green, and white knot on tan. It recognizes unusual and distinguished service in natural resource conservation and environmental improvement at the regional, national, or international level.
Lifesaving or Meritorious Action Awards
Bravery Awards can be awarded to a youth or adult member and are some of the few knots that can be worn by a youth.Medal of Merit, cloth, gold and blue on tan, blue to right, No. 05025. The Medal of Merit may be awarded to a youth member or adult leader who has performed some outstanding act of service of a rare or exceptional character that reflects an uncommon degree of concern for the well-being of others.
Honor Medal, cloth, red knot on tan, No. 05010. The Honor Medal may be awarded to a youth member or adult leader who has demonstrated unusual heroism and skill in saving or attempting to save life at considerable risk to self.
Discontinued Leader Awards
A historical look at knots that have been discontinued.Explorer Achievement Award, cloth, silver knot, red, white, blue embroidery, No. 05526. This was awarded through the Exploring Division prior to August 1998.
BSA Speaker Bank Square Knot, cloth, gold knot on brown with brown border, No. ????, Scouter, above left pocket. In order to spread the message of Scouting, the BSA is maintaining a list of speakers to get the word out about Scouting. After a registered speaker conducts a minimum of 20 speeches and provides feedback, the speaker will receive a knot at the National Annual Meeting. Discontinued December 31, 2011.
Tiger Cub Den Leader Award, cloth, orange and black knot on gold, No. 17688. Recognizes Tiger Cub Den Leaders for at least one year of service, training, and meeting quality program objectives. Discontinued 2012. Tiger Cub Den Leaders may now earn the Cub Scout Den Leader Award.
Webelos Den Leader Award, cloth, gold knot on yellow, No. 05064. Recognizes Webelos Den Leaders for at least one year of service, training, and meeting quality program objectives. Discontinued 2012. Webelos Den Leaders may now earn the Cub Scout Den Leader Award.
Cub Scouter Award, cloth, blue and gold knot on dark blue, No. 05017. The Cub Scouter Award recognizes an adult leader registered in a Cub Scout pack for at least two years, who meets specific training, and meeting quality program objectives. Discontinued 2012. Cub Scout adult leaders may now earn the (revised in 2012) Scouter's Training Award.
Pack Trainer Award, cloth, royal blue and bright yellow on yellow background. The Pack Trainer Award is for a registered Cub Scout pack trainer who meets specific service, training, and quality program objectives. Discontinued 2012. Pack Trainers may now earn the (revised in 2012) Scouter's Training Award.
Cubmaster Award, cloth, blue knot on yellow, No. 05022. Recognizes Cubmasters for at least two years of service, training, and meeting quality program objectives. Discontinued 2013. Cubmasters may now earn the (revised in 2012) Scouter's Key award.
Scoutmaster Award of Merit, cloth, white knot on tan, No. 05001. Recognizes Scoutmasters and Coaches for their tenure, training, and quality crew program. Replaced by Unit Leader Award of Merit.
Varsity Coach Award of Merit, cloth, white knot on tan, No. 05001. Recognizes Team Coaches for their tenure, training, and quality crew program. Replaced by Unit Leader Award of Merit.
Venturing Advisor Award of Merit, cloth knot, white on tan, No. 05001, with Venturing device, No 00940. The Venturing Advisor Award of Merit recognizes Venturing Crew Advisors for tenure, training, and quality crew program. Replaced by Unit Leader Award of Merit.