The Role of Recognition
Recognition has been a fundamental part of Scouting from its beginning. Effective recognition is essential to effective unit service:
- It provides clear definition of success: the attitude, skills, training and behaviors needed to perform effectively
- It helps identify and recruit volunteers to serve as commissioners
- It helps retain commissioners
In Scouting, only professional staff members and commissioners are eligible to be commissioned. Just as the wreath of service is a unique design element of their badges of office, commissioning is a unique opportunity for individuals in those positions to publicly commit to providing service in Scouting and to celebrate their commitment.
Commissioner recognition has three objectives:
- Establish recognition opportunities for all commissioners.
- Establish consistent requirements that incorporate the contemporary tools and techniques commissioners use.
- Provide easy access to information, including opportunities, requirements, progress records, certificates, and available recognition items.
There are three categories of commissioner awards and recognition:
- Recognition of an individual’s commitment to serve.
- Recognition of an individual’s development.
- Recognition of an individual’s impact.
There are also three classifications of commissioner awards and recognition:
- Recognition from an individual’s selection to serve.
- Recognition from an individual’s application for an award.
- Recognition from an individual’s nomination for an award.