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Adult Training Recognition Knots

The square knot device is displayed on the uniform to denote that the wearer has received a corresponding award. The award is usually given in the form of a certificate. Many awards also include a medallion or other token.

To apply for a training recognition award, an individual must complete a Progress Record for that award. Once approval is given, give the Progress Record to your District Training Chair to document and sign. He or she will confirm all signatures and then prepare appropriate recognition. The completed recognition is usually available at the next roundtable for presentation. Approval and presentation of training recognition awards is the responsibility of the District Training Chair. If you need further guidance with the process, please contact your District Training Chair.

*Please note - in Summer 2012, the training awards for adult unit leaders were updated.
The training awards and keys are designed to recognize unit Scouters for tenure, basic and continuing training, and successful performance in their leadership role. Many recommendations were made to update procedures and the awards themselves.
*The Leadership & Training awards below are the recommended updates as of August 2012. You will leave this website to get the requirements and forms.


Den Leader Award Knot Den Leader Award - One year of tenure and other requirements.
Scouter's Training Award Knot Scouter's Training Award - Basic Training and other requirements. Various requirements, depending on the program and position.
Scouter's Key Knot Scouter's Key - Three years tenure and other requirements - Commissioners, Scoutmasters, Venturing Advisors, and others.
Unit Leader's Award of Merit Award Knot Unit Leader's Award of Merit - Earned by Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Varsity Team Coaches, and Venturing Crew Advisors meeting the requirements on form 512-003. This award replaces the Scoutmaster, Varsity Coach, and Venturing Advisor's Awards of Merit, which will no longer be awarded.

District Training Chairs

Diamond Rock - Kyle Kramer                                Contact

Horseshoe Trail

Octoraro - Steven Shelton                                     Contact


Council Training Chair 

Chester County - Christopher Wills                         Contact

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