District & Council Award Nominations—2/29 Deadline Approaching!

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District & Council Awards
Submit Your Nominations by the 2/29 Deadline!

Attention Narcoossee District Scout Leaders and Parents! February 29th is the deadline for submitting nominations for all District and several Council awards. 

If you have not already, please take a moment to honor the tremendous efforts of outstanding Scouters your know by nominating them for AWARDS! You can submit nominations for District Awards, including Individual Leadership Awards for different positions, Unit of the Year Awards, the Shining Star Award in recognition of a local organization that supports Scouting in our district, and for the highest honor in our district—the District Award of Merit

District Award Recipients will be selected by the awards committees from the former Osceola and Colonial districts and recognized in May at (separate) District Recognition Banquets hosted by the former Osceola and Colonial districts. 

More information on how to submit nominations for these District awards as well as Council-level awards will be provided below. 



District Awards for Units, Individual
Leadership, & Local Organizations

Nomination Form: 2023 District Awards Nomination Form

Nomination Deadline: February 29, 2024

Please use the 2023 District Awards Nomination Form (linked above) to nominate units, individuals, or organizations affiliated with the former Osceola or Colonial district for recognition. The nomination process for these awards is quick and easy – you just need to name the unit, individual, or local organization you are nominating and briefly explain WHY you are nominating them for special recognition. Submission of multiple nominations is encouraged! BUT PLEASE, USE A NEW FORM FOR EACH NOMINATION. 

Unit Award Categories: Cub Scout Pack, Scouts BSA Troop, Venture Crew

Individual Leadership Award Categories: Cubmaster, Assistant Cub Master, Den Leader (Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, AOL), Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Venture Advisor, Venture Assistant Advisor, Committee Chair, Committee Member, Charter Organization Representative, Spouse (not registered), Unit Commissioner, Roundtable Commissioner 

Local Organization Award: The ‘Shining Star’ award honors an organization outside of Scouting for its support of Scouting within the district. 

Submit completed nominations by the February 29th deadline, either in-person at the Narcoossee District February Roundtable meeting on 2/15/24 OR by email to the designated former district representative:  

Former Osceola District: Submit to Lorie Lopez at [email protected]
Former Colonial District: Submit to Ron Randolph at [email protected]



District Award of Merit

Nomination Form: District Award of Merit Nomination Form 
Nomination Deadline: February 29, 2024

The District Award of Merit is the highest award that a District can bestow on one of its volunteers. ANY registered adult leader can be nominated for the District Award of Merit. Among the common misconceptions about the District Award of Merit is that only long-time scout leaders who are active as District or Council level volunteers can receive this prestigious award. In fact, more often than not, the leaders selected for this award are UNIT LEVEL volunteers who have done an outstanding job serving the youth in their own Packs, Troops, Teams, Crews, or Ships for a number of years. 
Please, please, if you know of a dedicated scouter in YOUR unit who has not already received the District Award of Merit (see recent recipients listed below) and should be recognized with this high honor, please click on the link above to download the nomination form. Please also invite parents and other leaders in your unit to submit their own nomination or write a letter of endorsement to support your nomination. 
The next step is to fill out the form to the best of your ability. DO NOT ask your nominee to provide you with the requested information – we want our recipients to be completely surprised when they learn that they have been selected for this recognition. Information can be obtained from your nominee’s family members or close friends or other members of your unit. If you cannot obtain all of the requested information, that’s okay. Just write out a statement explaining why you feel your nominee deserves this awesome recognition and turn in the nomination form by the February 29th deadline.
Recent District Award of Merit Recipients in the former Osceola District
2022 – no recipient
2021 – James Selph
2020 – John Lampe, Robert Perez
2019 – William Dickey, Dirka Dickey, Lorie Lopez
2018 – Brent Dickson, Linda Polnasek

Recent District Award of Merit Recipients in the former Colonial District
2022 – Christopher Dixon, Rick Currey, Ron Randolph
2021 – Douglas Reece, Ruth Currey, Jason Gonder
2020 – Kelli Chou, Kelly Conner, Todd Kerns, Marc Sandy
2019 – Wendy Bray, Matthew Johnson, Joe Olds, John Rhodes
2018 – Joe Lane, Chris Prather, Evan Yaros

Submit completed nominations for the District Award of Merit by the February 29th deadline as follows, based on former district affiliation:  
·       Former Osceola District, Submit to Lorie Lopez at [email protected]
·       Former Colonial District: Submit to Ron Randolph at [email protected].



More Awards Seeking Nominations…

In addition to the District Awards outlined above, please consider submitting nominations for the council-level awards described below. 

Silver Beaver Award

Nomination Form:  Silver Beaver Award Nomination Form

Nomination Deadline: February 29, 2024

The Silver Beaver Award is a council-level distinguished service award recognizing registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given at the council level. 

Nominations for the Silver Beaver Award should be submitted by February 29, 2024 to John Lampe at [email protected] OR Stan Richards at [email protected].  

Venturing Leadership Award

Nomination Form: Venturing Leadership Award Nomination Form

Nomination Deadline: February 29, 2024

The Venturing Leadership Award recognizes Venturers (youth) and Venturing Advisors who have made exceptional contributions to Venturing and who exemplify the Scout Oath and Law. It can be awarded by councils, territories, and the BSA national organization.

Nominations for the Venturing Leadership Award should be submitted by February 29, 2024 to Brian Gorman at [email protected].

BSA Council Alumnus of the Year Award

Nomination Form: BSA Council Alumnus of the Year Award Nomination Form  

Nomination Deadline: February 29, 2024

The BSA Council Alumnus of the Year Award is the Scouting Alumni Association’s highest council recognition. The award was established to recognize alumni of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) who, over a sustained period of time, have used the skills and values they learned through their association with Scouting to make significant and long- lasting contributions to their local communities through their careers, avocations, and Scouting. 

A BSA alumnus includes anyone positively and personally impacted by the BSA—former Scouts, family members of Scouts past and present, community leaders, and the millions of Americans who benefit from Scouting in their communities every day. 

Nominations for the BSA Council Alumnus of the Year Award should be submitted by February 29, 2024 to Brian Gorman at [email protected].

Distinguished Commissioner Service Award

Nomination Form: Distinguished Commissioner Service Award Nomination Form 
Nomination Deadline: February 29, 2024
The Distinguished Commissioner Service Award is the highest recognition that can be given to a commissioner who has consistently engaged in distinguished and exceptional commissioner service resulting in significant, positive impact to youth, units, and a district and/or council. 
Submit completed nominations for the Distinguished Commissioner Service Award by the February 29th deadline as follows, based on former district affiliation:  
·       Former Osceola District: Submit to Lorie Lopez at
[email protected]
·       Former Colonial District: Submit to Ron Randolph at 
[email protected]





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