Ruritan Scout Leader
Community Service Award
The Significance of the Ruritan Service Award
In recognition of Ruritan’s contributions to America’s future in association
with the Boy Scouts of America and other scouting organizations, the Board of Directors
of Ruritan National established the Ruritan Scout Leader Service Award. It recognizes
Ruritan members in good standing who have made a significant contribution to the
youth of their communities by volunteering in the programs of scouting organizations.
The Ruritan Scout Leader Service Award was introduced in 2005. The award, a recognition
approved by Ruritan National, gives local Ruritan Clubs an opportunity to nominate
Ruritan members to be recognized for their service to youth, and also makes the
public aware of the important role Ruritans play in the community. The Application
and Selection for the Ruritan Scout Leader Service Award.
Ruritan Scout Leader Service Awards will, to the maximum extent possible, be
presented annually at the Ruritan National convention. The Ruritan National selection
committee makes the final determination on all recipients. The award will consist
of public recognition of the recipient’s accomplishments, an appropriate Ruritan
recognition certificate, and authorization for the recipient to wear the BSA square
knot patch (or other scout organization’s recognition piece) on the recipient’s
The recommended procedure for selecting a recipient of the Ruritan Scout Leader
Service Award is as follows:
Ruritan National invites all Ruritan Clubs to submit their candidates for the
award. Any person, group, or affiliated scout council may likewise nominate a scout
Leader / Ruritan member for the Ruritan Scout Leader Service Award. The nominees
may be submitted through the local Ruritan club or directly to the Scout council.
In any event, they must have the local Ruritan Club’s recommendation and Ruritan
National’s approval (note: for awarding at the Ruritan National Convention, all
nominations must be at Ruritan National by November 1st.).
Ruritan National makes the final selection of the recipients from the candidates
submitted, notifies the nominating club of the action taken, and forwards the recipient’s
contact information to the appropriate scouting organization’s national headquarters
The nominating local Ruritan Club may develop its own standards for submittal,
but should consider such factors as the nominee’s record in:
- Forming scouting units, especially those operated by Ruritan Clubs.
- Recruiting Ruritan members to become scout leaders and to be involved in
units operated by Ruritan Clubs or other community organizations.
- Promoting and expanding the use of the BSA Citizenship in the Community
Merit Badge, including serving as or recruiting other Ruritan members to serve
as Merit Badge Counselors.
- Making a significant contribution to Ruritan and scouting by bringing the
two movements together to serve the community.
- Taking scout leader training and setting a good example for youth, particularly
in service to the community.
- Promoting scouting for all youth, regardless of race, creed, or disabling
Although a nominee’s length of service in scouting may be considered, no specific
number of years should be required. A person’s record of accomplishment and dedication
should weigh more heavily than longevity.
Presentation of the Ruritan Scout Leader Service Award
To the maximum extent possible, the presentation of Ruritan Scout Leader Service
Awards shall be made annually at Ruritan National Convention (note: for awarding
at the Ruritan National Convention, all nominations must be at Ruritan National
by November 1st). In addition, after the Ruritan National presentation a local presentation
can be made at an event such as a local scout council or district function, or a
Ruritan district or local Ruritan Club awards dinner or other function.
Applications may be downloaded from the Ruritan National website
http://www.Ruritan.org, obtained from the Ruritan
National Home Office at P.O. Box 487, Dublin, VA 24084, Phone 877-787-8727, or obtained
from the Boy Scouts of America, Relationships Division, S226, 1325 West Walnut Hill
Lane, P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079, website
Page updated on:
May 23, 2014