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New Commissioner Award Honors Unit, Youth Retention


The new Commissioner Service Award of Excellence in Unit Service was developed as a nationwide effort to engage Scouting volunteers and professional Scouters to work together in focusing on unit retention.

Any registered commissioner who is providing direct unit service is eligible. To receive the award, which is signified by a gold square knot on a dark red background, commissioners must complete a number of retention-based tasks, projects, and training requirements over a period of at least two consecutive years (beginning in May 2011 at the earliest).

The award was originated by the National Commissioner Service Task Force in July 2010, introduced in February 2011, and approved at the National Meeting in May 2011. The training requirements are the only areas that are retroactive. All other requirements had to been earned from May 2011.

The square knot will be available from local council Scout shops/Supply for distribution in May 2013.

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