Volunteer Recognition

Volunteer Recognition:
It’s For  ALL Scouting Volunteers!

Training, Service, and Longevity awards.

The training awards and keys are designed to recognize unit Scouters for tenure, training, and performance in their leadership roles. Progress record forms with the 2012 requirements for these awards can be found at the links below.

Additional information on Leader training can be found in the ” Guide to Leader Training“.

Submission Deadline: February Roundtable

For Cub Scouts

For Boy Scouts

For Venturing

For Commissioners

Special Awards

These Special Scouting Awards
Require Nomination or Special Action.



The Long Rifle Award

Long Rifle Award

The Long Rifle Award: Our District’s Award of Merit. Open to Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venture, and Explorer volunteers.

General Information

The District Award of Merit (Long Rifle) is a council award presented by districts in the same manner that the Silver Beaver is a national award presented by councils.  The award is available to Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature at the district level.

The award is made available annually on the basis of 1 for each 25 traditional units or fraction thereof in our district.  The district need not present all the awards to which it is entitle each year.

It is not appropriate to nominate a Scouter who has already received this award.

A professional Scouter or other council employee may not receive this award based on employment service.  However, a professional Scouter or employee who also serves a a volunteer Scouter may be eligible, based on  volunteer service.


  1. A nominee must be a registered Scouter.
  2. A nominee must have rendered noteworthy service to youth in Scouting, outside Scouting, or both.

    Note: The nature and value of “noteworthy Service to youth” may consist of a single plan or decisions that contributed vitally to the lives of large numbers of youth or it may have been given to a small group over an extended period of time.

  3. The nominee’s attitude toward and cooperation with the district and/or council is to be taken into consideration.
  4. Nominations cannot be considered for posthumous awards.

From BSA Publication #33720c, 2002 printing.

Trail of Tears District Nominating Rules for the Long Rifle:

  1. Only written nominations submitted on the official form will be considered.
  2. Re-nominations must be resubmitted each year.
    1. There will be no CARRYOVER names from prior year’s submissions.
    2. All forms will be destroyed after the committee selections are made.
  3. Deadline for submission will be the February Roundtable.
  4. The forms must be given to the District Executives

How to Obtain the Official Nomination Form.

  • This form allows you to type your information directly from the web site. Please save the completed document prior to leaving the web site.
    • Then you may print the form and give it the proper authority.
  • Click  HERE for a Nomination Form.



Silver Beaver Award

Silver Beaver Award

The Silver Beaver: This requires nomination submission through the Middle Tennessee Council Office.

Silve Beaver Award The Silver Beaver Award is a national award presented by  councils . Annually, the council president will appoint a Silver Beaver Award committee that will consider candidates and make recommendations.

The award is made for noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth by registered Scouters within the territory under the jurisdiction of a local office.

As evidence of the award there shall be presented; a suitable certificate, duly authenticated by the Boy Scouts of America, pursuant to the action of the National Court of Honor; and a miniature silver beaver suspended by a blue and white ribbon to be worn around the neck.

This is a Council nomination and has its own nomination form. Check the  Council web site for the form and the Council Calendar for submission deadline, which is in  December of each year.



BSA Veteran Pin

BSA Veteran Pin

There are VETERANS pins (which are  NOT worn on the field uniform, but may be worn as a tie-tac or tie bar) for

  • 5, 10, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85 and 90 years of tenure.
  • Of course, this is only applicable for indicating adult service or for indicating the total of all youth and adult years, since it is not possible to remain in any one division of the program as a youth for as much as ten years (except, of course, in the case of those Scouts who are not subject to the age limitations due to a physical or mental challenge).

For more information and an application form, click  HERE

Everything ABOVE 25 years must be purchased through your local Council whom must obtain them from the BSA’s Supply Division upon approval.

Special Note: The District will provide the pins for recipients with 30 or more years of service. All others will be provided with a certificate and those recipients will be responsible to purchasing their own pins.