District Award of Merit
The District/Division Award of Merit is awarded by a District or Exploring Division
to volunteer and professional adults for service to youth in the District or Division.
Normally, the award is presented for service to youth in excess of five years. A
person may receive more than one District/Division Award of Merit, although there
are no provisions for the wearing of a device or emblem officially to denote the
second or subsequent awards. Unofficially, those Award holders that have received
more than one may wear a small Universal device centered on the knot. The BSA has
no records of any volunteer or professional earning the Award of Merit in more than
two separate Districts or Divisions. Career members of the Boy Scouts of America
may receive this award upon concurrence of the Council Scout Executive and the Director
of Operations at the National office, BSA.
Candidates for this award must be nominated. Self-nomination disqualifies the
A nominee must be a registered Scouter.
A nominee must have rendered noteworthy service to youth in Scouting, outside
of Scouting, or both.
Note: The nature and value of "noteworthy service to youth" may consist of a
single plan or decisions that contributed vitally to the lives of large numbers
of youth or it may have been given to a small group over an extended period of time.
Consideration must be given to the nominee's Scouting position and the corresponding
opportunity to render outstanding service beyond the expectations of that Scouting
The nominee's attitude toward and cooperation with the district, division, and/or
council is to be taken into consideration.
In addition to the Overhand knot patch shown above, recipients receive a
plaque, shown below.
Credits: Original Text from Mike Walton
Page updated on:
May 23, 2014