Adult awards

Adult Awards for Exceptional Service

Adult leader recognition for exceptional service is a distinguished honor bestowed upon individuals who have demonstrated exemplary commitment and contribution to the Scouting movement. These recognitions are a testament to the recipient’s unwavering dedication to fostering character development, leadership skills, and a sense of community among Scouts. Through innovative program implementation, mentorship, or tireless volunteerism, these leaders have significantly impacted the Scouting experience for youth and fellow adults. The following recognitions serve not only as a symbol of gratitude for their selfless service but also as inspiration for others to emulate their passion and commitment to the principles of Scouting within the Laurel Highlands Council.

Silver Beaver Award


BSA Silver Beaver Award and Knot 

The Silver Beaver Award is for registered Scouters of exceptional character who have provided distinguished service within the Laurel Highlands Council and their communities.

The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is the most significant council-level distinguished service award for adults in the Scouting America. Recipients of this award are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council and community through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication, and years of service. It is given to those who do not actively seek it. Only those persons who have been nominated by their Scouting peers are considered.


If you know a Scouter who is worthy of the Silver Beaver award, please let us know. Download the nomination form and submit it to the Laurel Highlands Council to the attention of Thomas Labayewski, Assistant Scout Executive, at 1275 Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, or email to both Dave Anderson at and Thomas Labayewski at

New Nomination Guidelines can be reviewed here. 

The deadline for 2024 nominations is 5 PM on July 19, 2024.


| 2023 |

  • Coming soon!

| 2022 |

  • Jay Toogood – Seneca District
  • Jerry Vockley – Japeechen District
  • Anthony Waters – Seneca District
  • Kathy Piccolli – Seneca District
  • Kathy Hullenbaugh – Chestnut Ridge District
  • Doug Schmitt – Anawanna Trails District
  • Jerry Chambers – Potomac District

To see a full listing of all past Silver Beaver Awardees, view the roster here.

District Award of Merit

The District Award of Merit is the highest honor a local district can bestow upon a volunteer. The award is presented to Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature at the district level. How districts accept nominations and present this award may vary. In addition to a plaque, certificate, and medal, a silver overhand knot on a blue background is presented to be worn on the uniform. If you know a deserving Scouter, nominate them with your district today! Click here to access the nomination form.

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