Family of the Year Award (district level)
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 the Mustang District.
Partners in Scouting Award (district level)
Our Scouts and Scout units rely on support from our community to provide a successful program. Their contributions of time, manpower, facilities, and funding often are behind the scenes. These people, businesses, organizations, and groups provide support and encouragement for our Scouts and Scouters.
Rookie of the Year Award (unit level)
The Rookie of the Year Award is an award to be given to an adult whose first year of service at the unit level has significantly impacted the youth and adults in the unit. Many new Scouters join a unit and automatically plug in and make significant and lasting contributions, despite being green. The expectation is that they’ll continue to serve in a variety of capacities serving their unit. The Mustang District Rookie of the Year Award is intended to properly recognize an individual new to your unit whose first year of service has had a significant impact on the youth, program, or committee on a unit level. Each unit may make one nomination.
Spirit Award (unit level)
The Spirit Award is presented to one or more Scouters in each unit who has made a significant impact in the lives of youth in the unit and/or district. Units may select one candidate per year for every 50 Scouts registered with the Boy Scouts of America. (i.e., 1 – 50 Scouts = one nomination, 51 Scouts = two nominations). Anyone may recommend a Scouter for the award. The unit committee selects the candidate(s) based on their knowledge of the candidate’s contributions, personal qualities, etc.
District Award of Merit (district level)
The District Award of Merit 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 one for each 25 traditional units or fraction thereof. The district need not present all the awards to which it is entitled each year. It is not appropriate to nominate a Scouter who has already received this award. A professional Scouter or council employee may not receive this award based on employment service. However, a professional Scouter or employee who also serves as a volunteer Scouter may be eligible, based on volunteer service.
Chartered Partner of the Year
The purpose of the Chartered Partner of the Year is to encourage excellence in relationships between chartered partners and the council, to provide examples of excellence in relationships from which others may learn, and to create an annual recognition providing visibility for recipients of the award. Nominees are from religious bodies, educational groups, civic/service/fraternal associations, business/industry/labor, and military/veterans’ organizations. Nominees must charter a unit(s) within the Sam Houston Area Council boundaries. The chartered partner should demonstrate outstanding or distinctive relationships beyond the normal expectation; provide noteworthy service to youth, contributing to increased youth participation; cooperates with the district and/or council; involve the instructional head in the selection of quality unit leadership; and cause a greater comprehension in the use of Scouting within the community organization.