Updated Sept. 29, 2017 with the new application to use in the 2018 nominating period: Oct. 2, 2017, to Feb. 28, 2018.
A Scout is reverent, and some adult volunteers go above and beyond to help Scouts on their spiritual journey.
The National Duty to God Award, first presented in 2016, recognizes adults who help young people better connect with their faith.
The award is presented to up to four individuals each year. Recipients receive a handsome blue, white and yellow medal.
Nomination forms are accepted beginning the first business day in October. The nomination window closes the last business day in February of the following year.
Find the application, which contains additional eligibility and submission info, at this link (PDF).
Why a National Duty to God Award?
Three primary reasons:
- It fits with Scouting. The BSA’s Declaration of Religious Principles says no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God. Approximately 75 percent of all Scouting units are chartered to faith-based organizations.
- It embodies the principle “a Scout is reverent.” The BSA doesn’t define “duty to God” in religion-specific terms, and Scouting does not promote one religion over another. The award, also independent of any one faith, simply honors the principles of the Scout Law’s 12th point.
- It fits in with other national awards. The BSA has awards for meritorious or lifesaving service. There are awards for service to youth on a district, council, regional and national level. The National Duty to God Award is a logical addition to this impressive lineup.
Who selects the recipients?
The BSA’s National Religious Relationships Support Committee. The award is presented during the Duty to God breakfast at the National Annual Meeting in May.
Who can earn the award?
- Nominees must be currently enrolled as an active, participating adult member of the Boy Scouts of America.
- Nominees must have 10 or more years of leadership and service to Scouting and to his or her faith.
- Nominees must have received the Boy Scouts of America’s faith-appropriate adult religious emblem at the time of nomination, or a comparable recognition from the candidate’s religious organization.
- Nominees must have a demonstrative, exemplary history of transformational, spiritual, moral and ethical leadership, and edifying service in the advancement and promotion of a Scout’s duty to God.
How does one nominate someone for the award?
Assuming the person meets the requirements in the previous section, you’ll need to fill out this form (PDF).
The nominator must provide and attach to the application at least three letters of recommendation for the nominee from the following:
- Local council Scout executive or chief executive officer (or designee).
- Nominee’s spiritual leader at the local, regional, and/or national level.
- A current, active member in a leadership role from nominee’s faith congregation.
The nominator should include a summary of the nominee’s character and his or her service to faith and youth.
Do not notify candidates of their nomination.
To whom are nominations submitted?
All required nominating materials and supporting documentation for qualified individuals must be submitted in one, collated electronic file with a clear, identifiable name of the nominee to Gene Butler, Religious Relationships Support Committee staff advisor, at email@example.com.
There are no restrictions on the number of applications submitted by the local council. Completed candidate applications will remain on file for two years. Afterward, if the nominee has not been selected, a new application must be submitted for future consideration.
Successful candidates will be notified on or before March 15 and bestowed the National Duty to God Award at the National Annual Meeting during the Duty to God breakfast held annually in May of each year.
Still have questions?
Contact Gene Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org.