Knot of the Week: Community Organization Award


When representatives from the vast network of chartered
Scouting organizations speak, the BSA listens. Want proof?

Look no further than the Community Organization Award. It began when a group of delegates
from several chartered organizations told the BSA how they wanted to recognize
adult leaders—with an award similar to the religious knots that represent the
various faith-based emblems awarded to Scouters.

The BSA accepted the offer and created the knot you see
above. Just like the purple-and-silver religious knot serves as a catchall for
every faith-based award, the purple-and-gold community organization knot serves
as a one-stop shop for the following prestigious awards:

  • Marvin M. Lewis Award, Benevolent and Protective Order of
    the Elks
  • Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Scouter’s Achievement Award
  • American Legion Scouting Square Knot Award
  • U.S. Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal,
    Department of Defense
  • Herbert G. Horton Alpha Phi Omega Youth Service Award
  • Cliff Dochterman Award, International Rotarians Fellowship
    of Scouting
  • Ruritan National Scout Leader Service Award
  • Raymond Finley Sea Scout Service Award, U.S. Power
  • George Meany Award, AFL-CIO

Receive one of those awards from the applicable
organization, and you’ve earned the right to wear the Community Organization
Award knot. Congrats!

For more information, contact your chartered organization.


  1. Brian,
    I hope this gets to you since this article is 7 years old.

    Are there Special Devices for this Knot to indicate what award was earned, or does one just use the BSA program device to indicate where it was earned.

    Or, no device at all?


  2. Ronald, I can actually answer that. There are no BSA devices for this knot. Zero. Also, this knot has expanded from those listed above to now include 18 community awards. However, the BSA does permit recipients of the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award to wear a tiny masonic device (the pin is made by masons, not the BSA, and is in actuality a micro lapel pin) on this knot if that is the award they have received. This is the only device allowed on this knot and it was authorized at no expense/effort by the BSA. This data comes from George Crowl, who has written and keeps updated an amazingly detailed history of BSA insignia.

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