Knot Recognition Program
The square knot device is displayed on the uniform to denote that the wearer has received the corresponding award from the Boy Scouts of America. The award is usually in the form of a certificate and many awards also include a medallion or other memento.
Awards fall into several categories and are earned either at the youth level, adult level, or both levels. Over time, awards can be discontinued or merged with other awards. In these cases, a member who has earned the corresponding award can continue to wear the knot on their uniform.
Arrow of Light Award
This knot is for adult leaders who completed the requirements to earn the Arrow of Light Award as a youth.
Eagle Scout Award
This knot is for adult leaders who completed the requirements to earn the Eagle Scout badge as a youth.
Venturing Summit Silver Award
This knot is for adult leaders who completed the requirements to earn the Venturing Summit Silver Award as a youth.
Sea Scout Quartermaster Award
This knot is for adult leaders who completed the requirements to earn the Sea Scout Quartermaster Award as a youth.
Device pins are worn with specific recognition knots (such as the Youth Religious Emblem, Den Leader Training Award, Scouter's Training Award, and Scouter's Key) to denote when the award was earned. If an award was earned multiple times, then multiple pins can be worn on the recognition knot. Pins are enlarged to show detail.
Lifesaving and Meritorious Action Awards
Leadership & Training Awards
Scouter’s Training Award
This award can be presented to registered Cub Scout adult leaders who have two years’ tenure in the pack and have completed position-specific training and other performance requirements designed to encourage and recognize those who give of their resources to make the pack successful.
Philmont Training Center Masters Track Award
This award promotes educational opportunities by returning to Philmont Training Center over a number of years, growing through advanced-level training, and then taking knowledge back to units, districts, councils, council clusters, and national and international venues.
Outstanding Service Awards
Silver World Award
This award recognizes non-BSA world citizens who serve their nation’s youth.
Scouting Service Award
This award recognizes adult volunteers who have earned one of five different awards, each celebrating a leader's dedication to a special segment of Scouting: