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  • The Torch of Gold Award is given to a Scout leader or youth who has provided extraordinary service to Scouts with special needs in a unit, a district, or the council. The award is based on a person’s efforts in at least one of the following areas:

    1. Adapting unit/district/council activities to include Scouts with special needs by developing/incorporating special accommodations
    2. Providing advocacy for Scouts with special needs or other youth with special needs as part of his/her Scouting duties
    3. Promoting awareness of disabilities/special needs among Scouts, Scout Leaders, or the community as part of his/her Scouting duties



    • Any registered adult leader may be nominated by another adult leader, the district committee, or Council staff.
    • Nominations shall be reviewed by the Council’s Special Needs Committee and approved by the Scout Executive.
    • Nominations will be retained for 2 years after which a person must be re-nominated to be considered.
    • Nominees must be registered. Service previous to Scouting cannot be considered.
    • Award is limited to one adult per district but there is no limit to the number of nominations per district.
    • Adult nominee must serve Scouts with disabilities for a minimum of one year.
    • Award will be presented at the Council Recognition Dinner in the spring of every year.
    • Nominations will only be accepted on the official nominations form.  Attached supporting documentation is allowed.
    • Deadline for receiving nominations is April 22nd at 5:00 PM. At the Council Service Center.


    NOTE: If a leader is employed in a field that regularly provides services to individuals with special needs, these activities shall not be conducted as part of his/her regular work duties, and shall be above and beyond his/her normal work routine or regular Scouting duties.


    Nominations may be:

    • Faxed to (914) 337-8432  or
    • Emailed to
    • Mailed to WPC, 41 Saw Mill River Rd., Hawthorne, NY 10532.  ATTN: SNS Committee

    All must be RECEIVED by 5 p.m. Saturday April 22nd.

    Torch of Gold Nomination Form

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