Each year, North Shore takes a moment to offer a special thanks to our leaders for helping to deliver great Scouting programs to youth.
There are three special awards (which we present at our annual District Recognition Banquet) with which we honor those who stand out as worthy of special recognition. These are:
- The North Shore District Shining Star Award
- The Order of the Silver Squirrel
- The District Award of Merit
Northern Star Award
The Northern Star Award recognizes those who have served young people and the Scouting movement. It honors district volunteers as well as an exceptional leader or “star” in each Scouting unit in North Shore District. (For many recipients, this award is the first that they have received for their service.) Each recipient is given a unique certificate placed over a beautiful astrophotograph of the type of star best seen through a telescope.
Each unit may nominate one registered adult leader from their unit per calendar year.
Northern Star Award recognitions are presented at the annual District Recognition Ceremony & Reception.
The Silver Squirrel Award
The Silver Squirrel Award recognizes Scout leaders, units and supporters for exceptional service to young people. Inspired by such legendary Scouting honors as the Silver Buffalo, Silver Antelope and Silver Beaver Awards, this award is unique to North Shore District. Recipients receive a silver squirrel pendant suspended from a grosgrain ribbon of dark blue and white, the color of the District Award of Merit.
Silver Squirrel Award recognitions are presented at the annual District Recognition Ceremony & Reception.
District Award of Merit
The District Award of Merit is the highest award presented awarded by a district to scout leaders for service to youth. The award is most often presented for service to youth for at least five years. Districts are allowed to present a very limited number of these awards, based on size of district. Candidates for this award must be nominated by another scouter (self-nomination disqualifies the candidate).
District Award of Merit recognitions are presented at the annual District Recognition Ceremony & Reception.