The Unit Volunteer of the Year is that individual who has distinguished themselves through action, effort or contribution to a Pack, Troop or Crew. The award is not limited to registered Scouters. This award can be made to Mom who cooks at every camp out, the Dad who runs your Pinewood Derby year after year or the former Scout that pitches in with the Troop ever time he comes home from college on a break.
How the Volunteer of the Year is determined is up to the unit – it can be vetted by the Committee, through a vote of the parents, or the result of a conference of the Unit Leader, Commissioner and Committee Chair. Once identified the individual is notified of their selection in a manner determined by the Unit. While the name of the awardee is usually conveyed by the Unit Leader, Commissioner or Committee Chairman – each of those individuals is eligible as well. Should a Unit wish to award Volunteer of the Year to its Committee Chairman, Leader or Commissioner it need only work with one of the other “Key Three” to secure this. Once the awardee is identified it is conveyed via this form.
The Unit Volunteer of the Year should be notified in advance of the District Dinner and Award Ceremony. A large part of the dinner is the recognition of these outstanding individuals and the award of the certificate by the District Committee Chairman. Representatives from the unit are welcome as well and may participate in the conveyance of the award if they wish to. Attendees can register for the dinner by clicking here. The dinner is a broad forum for recognition and not limited to Scouters. Many awardees wish to invite their spouse and / or children. The unit is strongly encouraged to register on behalf of the awardee and their family so they do not have to pay for admission.
Volunteerism is the lifeblood of Scouting and the principal component that facilitates the effort and successes of our young Scouts. This award is a way to recognize and reward someone in your unit for their hard work, and it encourages other parents to participate as well. Do give strong consideration to helping your Unit pick an awardee today!