District Award Descriptions

Here is our listing and description of all of the awards. 

Be sure to nominate a Scouter, Scout, or Family by 11:59pm on Thursday, January 7, 2021.

There are a couple of awards that can only be awarded to Yuma Scouters. Those can be found here. 

Gila River Rocket Award

Overview
Available to registered Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature to units for a period of at least 6 months and not more than 2 years. Must be current with Youth Protection Training.

Who Can Earn This Award?
Presented to registered adult volunteers of the district in the same manner the Green Machine is. This award celebrates adult volunteers that take on responsibility immediately upon joining a unit and create value for a program through their time, energy and passion for Scouting. This award can only be earned 1 time.

Gila River Green Machine Service Longevity Award

Overview
Available to registered Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature to units for a period of not less than 10 years. Must be current with Youth Protection Training.

Who Can Earn This Award?
Presented to registered adult volunteers of the district in recognition for creating a sustainable program – meaning not only have they volunteered their own time but also prepared others to carry work forward in their absence. It is not appropriate to nominate a Scouter who has already received this award.

Gila River District Star Scouter

Overview
Available to trained Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature to units for the District for a period of at least 6 months.
Must be current with Youth Protection Training.

Who Can Earn This Award?
This award recognizes Adult Scouters who dedicate their time to promoting the Spirit of Scouting to others in service to the District. This includes service such as coordinating District Program, Advancement Committee, Round Table or serving on the District Committee. This award can be earned multiple times.

Gila River District Honor Senior Patrol Leader

Overview
Nominee will be an SPL for some portion of the 2020 calendar year.
Have led multiple unit activities as SPL including Troop ITLS, Court of Honors and a strong record of participation in activities outside of Scouting.
Must be an active registered member/participant in the Gila River District
Nominations must be received from the Unit Leader

Who Can Earn This Award?
Presented to registered scouts of the district in the same manner the Green Machine is. This award celebrates SPLs that exhibit faithfulness in their religious duties, desirable qualities of character defined in the Scout Law, patriotism and civic responsibility/citizenship, courage, self-reliance, and personal fitness. This award can only be earned 1 time.

Gila River District Scout Family of the Year

Overview
The family is an important part of Scouting. Family support for each youth is vital to his or her success in Scouting. Those parents who volunteer as leaders are a vital support for other kids as well as their own. The extra effort that parents put forth as leaders, in addition to their family responsibilities, deserve to be recognized. But when the whole family is involved in Scouting, they deserve recognition all the more. The Family of the Year award is a way to honor these families by selecting, from those nominated, the family whose work as a team in Scouting has made the greatest difference in our community.

Who Can Earn This Award?
Presented to families of registered scouts where at least 1 adult family member is also a registered volunteer and all volunteers are current with Youth Protection Training. Presented in the same manner the Green Machine is. This award celebrates families who have dedicated a significant of time, energy and emotion into supporting the program. This award can only be earned 1 time.

Gila River District Scout of the Year

Overview
Nominee will be at least 12 years of age, but less than 18 for the service period being recommended and Star Rank or higher. This youth cannot be an SPL.

Have demonstrated leadership activities in Scouting and a strong record of participation in activities outside of Scouting.
Must be an active registered member in the Gila River District

Who Can Earn This Award?
This award celebrates scouts that exhibit faithfulness in their religious duties, desirable qualities of character defined in the Scout Law, patriotism and civic responsibility/citizenship, courage, self-reliance, and personal fitness. This award can only be earned 1 time.

Theo LeBaron Life Achievement Award

Overview
Available to registered Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature to units and /or district for lifetime achievement. Must be current with Youth Protection Training.

Who Can Earn This Award?
The Theo LeBaron award is named after a longtime Scouter who gave almost 3 decades of service to the District. He was active in every part of scouting from Scoutmaster to Committee Member as well as Commissioner Service in the District, always going above and beyond to help Scouts and the scouting program. This award is based on truly exceptional service and tenure for both unit and District level support and is meant to recognize Scouters who have shown the same dedication to scouting as the legacy left by Theo LeBaron.

Paul Ruff Outstanding New Unit Commissioner Award

Overview
Available to trained unit commissioners who render service of an outstanding nature to units for a period of at least 6 months and not more than 2 years. Must be current with Youth Protection Training.

Who Can Earn This Award?
Presented to registered unit Commissioners of the district in the same manner the Green Machine is. This award celebrates volunteers that take on commissioner responsibility with enthusiasm and create value for a unit through their time, energy and passion for Scouting. This award can only be earned 1 time.

Distinguished Commissioner Service Award

Overview
For commissioners who have earned the Arrowhead Honor and Commissioners Key, served five years of continuous service, and completed a project for their council; this award also emphasizes unit service.

The Distinguished Commissioner Service Award is the highest recognition that can be given to a commissioner. It recognizes an individual who has consistently engaged in distinguished and exceptional commissioner service resulting in significant, positive impact on youth, units, and a district and/or council.

In determining the value of such service, consideration must be given to the candidate recipient’s commissioner position and the corresponding opportunity to render outstanding and exceptional service beyond the expectations for that commissioner position.

Lem Siddons’ Honor Roll of Scouting Achievement

Overview
Let’s face it: Follow-Me Boys is a classic scout movie really more for adults, not youth. It is because many who are passionate want to leave a legacy, have impact beyond ourselves, and see scouting thrive. In the end, Lem was the richest man in town – and he got the girl! We feel these Scouters are also some of the richest people in town.

Who Can Earn This Award?
Presented to adult volunteers and youth who are taking on multiple duties in a unit to move the program and the scouting movement forward. There are no limits or minimums – honorable mention abounds in communications such as Facebook, etc. for a job well done.

District Award of Merit

Overview
Available to registered Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature at the district level.

Who Can Earn This Award?
Presented to registered adult volunteers by districts in the same manner that the Silver Beaver is, as a national award presented by councils; it is not appropriate to nominate a Scouter who has already received this award. It is the highest honor that can be conveyed by a district and limited to a specific ratio dictated by the number of units. This is a seriously prestigious award. This award can only be awarded one time to the nominee. 

Yuma Area Traditional Awards

Copper Star

Given for outstanding service to the GRD/Yuma Area as a Unit, Roundtable, or District Commissioner.

It can be for service over a period of time, or for outstanding service for an event or project.

Who Can Earn This Award?
This award recognizes Adult Scouters who dedicate their time to promoting the Spirit of Scouting to others in service to the District. This includes service such as coordinating District Program, Advancement Committee, Round Table or serving on the District Committee. This award can be earned multiple times. It is presented to registered adult volunteers by the Yuma Ara Vice Chair.

Silver Sahuaro

Award Given for outstanding service to the GRD/Yuma Area.

It can be for service over a period of time or for outstanding service for an event or project.

Who Can Earn This Award?
Presented to registered adult volunteers by the Yuma Ara Vice Chair; it is not appropriate to nominate a Scouter who has already received this award. It is the highest honor that can be conveyed by in Yuma limited. This is a seriously prestigious award.