Silver World Award

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The Silver World Award is for outstanding service to youth at the international level. Other
Awards are presented for service at the District, Council, Regional, National, and World level.

The Silver World Award is presented by the BSA to world citizens who give outstanding service to their nation's youth or to young people in other countries. Award recipients must be citizens of countries whose Scout associations are members of the World Scout Conference. United States citizens may receive the recognition only if they are not registered members of the Boy Scouts of America.

Silver World Award

Level:Adult Scouters



The award consists of a silver medallion enameled in blue with meridian lines, stars and the universal emblem of the BSA suspended from a red and white striped ribbon worn around the neck. The medallion represents the global scope of the award. Recipients may wear the corresponding square knot, with a design that reflects the award.


The Silver World Award was created in 1971 and originally was presented to those who provided international service to the Scouting programs of the BSA, but were not registered members of the BSA.

Nominations were to be approved by the Chief Scout Executive, the national president, the international commissioner or the national commissioner, all of whom had the authority to present to any persons they might choose. In 1994, the Executive Board realized that about half of the awards presented had been awarded to registered members of the BSA, and the authority to present the award outside the criteria was rescinded.


The Silver World Award is not earned but awarded based upon nomination

Distinguished Service Awards

The Boy Scouts of America recognizes the need to acknowledge the invaluable services that men and women render to youth. Of the millions of registered adult volunteers in Scouting, only a select few are presented distinguished service awards at these level:


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