Scouting Awards

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Ever wondered what Scouting Awards exist? Seen a Medal or cloth emblem and not known what it represents? Listed here are all the Awards and their associated Medal and / or Emblem.  

Adult Service Awards[edit]

Service Awards are made to all Adult Members and Employees on the completion of the relevant period of Adult service. Service in Operational positions, (i.e. warranted positions), in Administrative positions (i.e. appointed positions) in the Scout Movement and Adult service with the Guide Association are recognised as qualifying service.

Youth service as a Cub, Scout, Brownie, Guide or Ranger Guide are not recognised as qualifying service for the purpose of this Award.


5 and 10 Year Long Service Badge[edit]

The Long Service badge is awarded on completion of 5 or 10 years adult service to the Movement. The award is a cloth Protea badge depicting the numeric years’ service completed. This is accompanied by a Certificate signed by the Regional Commissioner.

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Long Service Medal[edit]

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The Long Service Medal is awarded after 15 years total Adult service and is accompanied by a Certificate signed by the Regional Commissioner. This replaces the 5 or 10 year badge.

Ribbon: Yellow, red, yellow border with green centre.

Cloth emblem: a figure-of-eight knot in green with yellow, red and yellow ends.

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Bars to the Long Service Medal Bars to the Long Service medal are awarded on completion of 20 years, 30 years, 40 years, 50 years, 60 years and 70 years qualifying service. They are accompanied by a Certificate signed by the Regional Commissioner.

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Commendations[edit]

Regional Commissioner's Commendation[edit]

Awarded to Members for special short term interventions or acts of service to the Movement, the public or a community at Unit, Group, District or Regional level. The Commendation is a Certificate and personal letter from the Regional Commissioner commending the recipient(s) for the services rendered.

The commendation is made at the sole discretion of the Regional Commissioner.

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Chief Scout's Commendation[edit]

Awarded to Members for outstanding services rendered to the Movement, the public or a community where the service is of National or exceptional significance.

The Commendation is a Certificate, signed by the Chief Scout and a personal letter from the Chief Scout commending the recipient for services rendered.

The commendation is made at the sole discretion of the Chief Scout. At present there is no badge for the Chief Scout Commendation

 

Meritorious Service[edit]

Certificate of Merit[edit]

Awarded to Adult Members and Employees, normally with at least 5 years’ Adult service, for above-average performance in their Warranted or Appointed position.

The Award is a Certificate, signed by the Chief Commissioner, and a cloth emblem which consists of a figure-of-eight knot in white with green ends.

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Medal of Merit[edit]

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Awarded to Adult Members and Employees, normally with at least 8 years’ service for above average performance and meritorious service performed at Group, District or Regional Level.

The Medal is attached to a dark green ribbon and accompanied by a Certificate signed by the Chief Scout. The cloth emblem consists of a figure-of-eight knot in green.

On the recommendation of the Chief Commissioner or Regional Commissioner, the spouse /partner of a recipient of the Medal of Merit may be presented with a broach and citation recognising the support they have given to their partner.

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Bar to the Medal of Merit

Awarded for further above average and meritorious services, in addition to those considered for the Medal of Merit. The award is a bronze fleur-de-lys worn on the medal ribbon and accompanied by a Certificate signed by the Chief Scout.

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Exceptional and Distinguished Service[edit]

Order of the Silver Protea[edit]

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(Previously Order of the Silver Acorn - 1933 to 1959)

(Previously Pathfinder Order of the Silver Lion 1930's)

Awarded by Scouts South Africa for distinguished Service. The Order comprises a silver medal in the form of a Protea surrounded by a Wreath on a yellow ribbon. It is accompanied by a Citation and a Certificate signed by the Chief Scout.

The cloth emblem consists of a figure-of-eight knot in yellow.

A miniature lapel badge may be worn by administrative members or employees. On the recommendation of the Chief Commissioner or Regional Commissioner, the spouse / partner of a recipient of the Order of the Silver Protea may be presented with a broach and citation recognising the support they have given to their partner.

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Bar to the Order of the Silver Protea

Awarded to Members and employees for further and continued distinguished Service, beyond that considered for the Order of the Silver Protea.

The Order comprises a bronze fleur-de-lys pinned to the Cloth emblem and on the ribbon. It is accompanied by a Citation and a Certificate signed by the Chief Scout.


Order of the Silver Springbok[edit]

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(Previously Order of the Silver Wolf - 1911 to 1959)

Awarded to Members of exceptional character for especially distinguished service of the highest order.

The Order comprises a silver springbok medallion and is on a green ribbon. It is accompanied by a Citation and a Certificate signed by the Chief Scout

The cloth emblem consisting of a figure-of-eight knot, in green and yellow.

A miniature lapel badge may be worn by administrative members or employees. This Order is also awarded to the Chief Scout upon his/her appointment to that position. On the recommendation of the Chief Commissioner or Regional Commissioner, the spouse / partner of a recipient of the Order of the Silver Springbok may be presented with a broach and citation recognising the support they have given to their partner.

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The Bronze Wolf[edit]

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The Bronze Wolf is the only award made by the World Scout Committee. It is given solely in recognition of outstanding service by an individual to the World Scout Movement.

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Order of the African Elephant[edit]

This is the highest award that the Africa Region can bestow. Only three South Africans have received this award.

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Gallantry[edit]

Cornwell Scout Awards[edit]

Awarded to Youth Members


Cornwell Scout Certificate[edit]

Awarded to Scouts who have shown an above average devotion to duty, with courage and endurance


Cornwell Scout Badge[edit]

Awarded to Scouts who are of an exceptional character and who show devotion to duty, great courage and endurance or gallantry.

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Certificate for Gallantry[edit]

Awarded for gallantry with limited personal risk. The Award comprises a Citation and a Certificate signed by the Chief Scout.

The cloth emblem consists of a figure-of-eight knot in white with red ends.   GallantryCertificate.jpg

 

Bronze Cross[edit]

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Awarded for gallantry with moderate risk. The Award comprises a Bronze Cross with Red Ribbon. It is accompanied by a Citation and a Certificate signed by the Chief Scout and a cloth emblem consisting of a figure-of-eight knot in red.

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Silver Cross[edit]

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Awarded for gallantry with significant risk. The Award comprises a Silver Cross with Blue Ribbon. It is accompanied by a Citation and a Certificate signed by the Chief Scout and a cloth emblem consisting of a figure-of-eight knot in blue.

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Gilt Cross[edit]

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The highest possible award for gallantry, with very significant perseverance, endurance and heroism with very significant personal risk. The Award comprises a Gilt Cross with Blue & Red vertical striped ribbon. It is accompanied by a Citation and a Certificate signed by the Chief Scout and a cloth emblem consisting of a figure-of-eight knot in blue & red.

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Other Awards[edit]

Thanks Badge[edit]

May be proposed by any Member to any person (who is not an active Member), or organisation who gives significant support to Scouting. This Award should be ratified by the Regional Commissioner who will issue a signed certificate to accompany the Thanks Badge.


Cub, Scout, Rover and Other Awards[edit]

Star Awards[edit]

See the Star Awards page for details of Troop, Pack, and Patrol Star Awards.


Leaping Wolf[edit]

The Leaping Wolf is the highest award a South African Cub can attain today. The Cub works towards this badge during the final year before leaving the Pack at the age of eleven.

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Springbok Scout Award[edit]

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The Springbok Scout Badge is the highest award a South African Scout can attain today. The Bar is worn by Adult Scouters who have attained the Springbok Award.

See a list of National Recipients

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Cord and Thong Challenge Awards[edit]

One of the highest achievable challenge awards for scouts is that of the Cord or Thong. There are 3 types, namely: The Airman’s Cord, The Bosun’s cord and The Bushman’s Thong.


BP Rover Award[edit]

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The highest Rover Award to a Rover setting an example of the Scout way of life, carrying out the Rover Motto of ‘Service’ and holding 4 of 8 Rover Proficiency Awards. The badge is an epaulette worn on the left shoulder of the recipient.

A BP Award cloth emblem is worn by Scouters who have earned this award as a Rover.

See BP Rover Award for more details, and for a list of recipients.


Wood Badge[edit]

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The Wood Badge is the highest achievement award to Scouters, registered Rovers and persons holding designated or Honorary Rank who complete respective courses of training. Wood Badge holders are seen as Scouting’s elite group of Scouters. The Badge consists of two copies of the wooden beads from a necklace originally belonging to King Dinizulu. One extra bead is worn by Assistant Adult Leader Trainers and two extra by Leader Trainers. The beads are worn on a leather bootlace around the neck of the holder in uniform. It carries with it life membership of the 1st Gilwell Group in England, the right to wear the ‘Gilwell Grey’ scarf with a patch of the Maclaren tartan on the point and the special leather Wood Badge Woggle.


See also[edit]

Wood Badge to read about the origin of the Wood Badge beads.


Scout Wings, Scout War Badge, Gold Badge Mountain Club, Duke of Edinburgh / Presidents Award[edit]

Recipients of Military Medals[edit]

Name Group Military Medals
Abbott Wilfred Christopher 5th Observatory Queens Medal South African War
General Service Medal WW1
Allan Cedric Edwin 1st Monte Vista Pro Patria Medal
Barkway Harold Alfred 1st Mowbray Africa Service Medal* Defence Medal
1939-1945 War Medal* Italy Star*Africa Star
General Service Medal
Bergman Andrew Michael 9th Cape Town Pro Patria Medal
Bezuidenhout Pedder 4th Claremont Africa Service Medal* 1939-1945 War Medal
Bowyer Raymond John 1st Robben Island SA Service Medal
Brickhill Cadle Rory 1st Sanddrift John Chard Decoration
Collins Raymond Vincent Felix 2nd Simonstown Distinguished Service Medal ( SA Police )
Cooke Norman Arthur 3rd Observatory Good Conduct Medal* RNVR Long Service Medal
1939-1945 Star* British Defence Medal
Union Defence Medal*Atlantic Star
Copeland Jean Elizabeth 1st Pinelands African Service Medal* 1939-1945 War Medal
Cranko Petrie Herbert 1st Claremont General Service Medal* Italy Star
De Vries Oscar Frederick 4th Observatory Africa Service Medal*1939-1945 War Medal
1939-1945 Star* Africa Star
Police Long Service Medal
Dickson Henry Prior 20th Cape Town 1939-1945 War Medal* Africa Star* Italy Star
Africa Service Medal*1939-1945 Star
Defence Medal
Dockrall Henry Thomas 1st Strand 1939-1945 Star
Dodgson Frank Kenneth 2nd Simonstown Korean Medal
Foot Andre Franz 2nd Bellville Pro Patria Medal
Fraser Norman Vivian 1st Bergvliet 1939-1945 Star* Africa Star* 1939-1945 War Medal
Africa Service Medal* S A War Service Medal
Gooch Alan Bert 2nd Claremont 1939-1945 War Medal* Italy Star
Africa Service Medal
Greeff Noel John 3rd Claremont John Chard Decoration
Hall Joshua Herbert 1st Paarl 1939-1945 Star* Africa Star* Italy Star
1939-1945 War Medal* Union Service Medal
Hampshire Patrick George 2nd Fish Hoek Rhodesian General Service
Hodgkiss Henry J 1st Claremont 1939-1945 Star* 1939-1945 War Medal* Africa Star
Africa Service Medal
Howard John Elliot 1st Mowbray Africa Star
Howell George Percival 1st Goodwood & Vasco Africa Service Medal
Hutchings William John 1st Epping Gardens 1939-1945 Star*Atlantic Star*Pacific Star*Burma Star
British War Medal*Defence Medal
Long Service Medal
Inglis Colin James RSA General Service Medal
Ingoldby James Arthur Rev 2nd Simonstown 1939-1945 Star*Italy Star* Defence Medal
General Service Medal
Kedian Sean 1st Rosebank Pro Patria Medal
Kiley Roderick H 1st Ceres John Chard Medal
Klein Frederick William 2nd Plumstead General Service Medal 1914-1918
Knights Charles James 2nd Brooklyn 1939-1945 Star* Atlantic Star* Burma Star
1939-1945 War Medal
Koning Benjamin George 1st Bellville Africa Service Medal* British Empire Medal
Kraft Leonard Frederick William 1st Wittebome Africa Star* General Service Medal
Lane William Hugh Mac Donald 3rd Claremont Military Cross WW 2
Low Keith Harding 1st Fish Hoek Pro Patria Medal
Lusty Eric John 2nd Pinelands 1939-1945 Star* Africa Service Medal
Mabin Andrew G 1st Wynberg Pro Patria medal
Magennis Donovan I 1st Paarl Mentioned in Despatches
Mc Ewan John Austin 12th Green & Sea Point 1939-1945 Star* Atlantic Star* Burma Star
General Service Medal
Mc Lellan Ian Ranken 1st Pinelands Africa Star* Victory Medal
Mc Owen Horace James 4th Maitland Africa Star* Italy Star* 1939-1945 Star
General Service Medal
Mc Williams John Africa Star* General Service Medal
Moore-Anderson Arthur P 5th Woodstock Mentioned in Despatches
Morris Max 10th Green & Sea Point 1939-1945 War Medal* Italy Star (6th Armoured Div)
Africa Service Medal
Nocton-Smith Christian George 1st Alexandra Africa Service Medal
Nuns Robert George 1st Bergvliet General Service Medal* Africa Star
Osborne Leslie Charles 2nd Fish Hoek 1939-1945 Star* Pacific Star with Burma Clasp
Defence Medal
Peart Michael 2nd Bergvliet Africa Star with 8th Army Clasp
General Service Medal
Penberthy Vernon Clyde 1st Malmesbury S A Service Medal
Peterson Leslie Joe Basil 1st Hermanus British Defence Medal* Italy Star* 1939-1945 Star
South African Medal
Pranklin Charles 1st Simonstown 1914-1918 War Medal* 1939-1945 War Medal
Pulker Dorothy May Mrs 1st Pinelands 1939-1945 War Medal
Queen's Red Cross Medal (15 yrs)
Sales Stanley Owen 1st Wynberg Burma Star* Africa Star* 1939-1945 War Medal
Victory Medal
Schwartz John Brian 1st Wilderness Pro Patria Medal with Cunene Clasp
Sitama William Z 1st New Crossroads Africa Service Medal
Sleigh Patrick William Wallace 1st Somerset West John Chard Decoration
Snelling Doreen Mary 1st Durbanville 1939-1945 Star
Speres Niel 1st Durbanville 1939-1945 Star
Spoor Hessel 5th Green & Sea Point Dutch Army Service Medals
Stones Spencer Vagg 1st Claremont Pacific Star* Burma Star* Africa Star*Atlantic Star
Victory Medal
Struthers Walter Archibald 1st Observatory Africa Service Medal
Tate Patrick Alan Captain 1st Muizenberg John Chard Decoration
Taylor George William 1st Green & Sea Point Defence Medal* Africa Star* 1939-1945 Star
Taylor Walter 6th Rondebosch Africa Service Medal
Taylor Wifried 1st Thorton Burma Star
Versveld Henry Cyril 2nd Plumstead SA General Service* Africa Star
Home Defence Medal
British General Service
Ward - Cox Frederick Ernest 1st Camps Bay British Defence Medal* Africa Star* 1939-1945 Star
General Service Medal
Wilson George F 1st Kommetjie Pro Meritor Medal* Good Service Medal
Winpenny Alan Rev CW 9 Constantiaberg Defence Medal* Victory Medal* 1939-1945 Star
Zazeraj Leonidai 1st Southfield Polish Air force Medal + 2 BARs
Croix Des Combatants Voluntaries
Defence Medal (British) *War Medal 1939-1945


Recipients of other awards[edit]

Name Group Year Award
Hodgson Geoffrey 1st Durbanville Scout Wings
Inglis Colin [1] Chief Scout 1967 Gold Badge Mountain Club of SA
Peake George Moir 2nd Claremont 1915-1916 Scout War Badge
Symmons John 1st Wynberg Duke of Edinburgh
  1. For "distinguished services to the cause of mountaineering in South Africa, his fine record of climbing in Africa and overseas, and his outstanding achievements as the Editor of the Mountain Club Journal".