April 7, 2017 is our District Dinner.
One of the best parts of the evening are the awards. Recognizing the volunteers who have made Scouting in the Timberline District Great.
It is the opportunity to recognize the Unit Leaders who have put the time and effort into leading the youth of your unit.
The Award thanks them for their contribution and has a side effect of helping to keep them around a little longer.
The District Dinner is where the Unit Leader Award of Merit is recognized and presented to the Unit leaders who have earned the award.
Here’s the requirements from the BSA’s Awards Central website:
“The nominee must
1. Be a currently registered Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Coach, Advisor, or Skipper who has served in that position at least 18 continuous months.
2. Meet the training requirements for the registered position.
3. Distribute a printed or electronic annual unit program plan and calendar to each family in the unit.
4. Have a leader succession plan in place.
5. Effectively use the advancement method so that at least 60 percent of the unit’s youth have advanced at least once during the last 12 months.
6. Cultivate a positive relationship with the chartered organization.
7. Project a positive image of Scouting in the community.
1. The unit committee chair completes the Unit Leader Award of Merit Nomination Form on behalf of the unit committee. For Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams, Venturing crews, and Sea Scout ships, the nomination must include endorsement by the senior patrol leader, team captain, crew president, or ship’s boatswain, respectively.
2. The unit or district commissioner certifies that the form is complete.
3. The unit submits the nomination form to the council for approval by the Scout executive and council commissioner or president. The Council is responsible for processing the award.
No 3 years tenure (that’s for the Key). As others have stated the Unit Award of Merit is designed to “encourage the key leader to stay active in the unit in that role until after he or she has earned their Key for their leadership role.”