Why Say Thanks? Say Thanks Today!Why good Commendations are important Good Commendations are key to recognizing our Volunteers and Youth! As much as we love to get Commendations thanking Rusty for taking a Youth camping, it’s hard to tell how big a deal this is with just that one line. Commendations through the Thanks system are also used to flag Volunteers and Youth for other higher-level awards. It’s important we have enough details to tell us how the person being thanked are helping our Youth thrive in their programs. What makes a good Commendation? Think of the five W’s. Who? Who attended the event or activity? Numbers help give a sense of how big this is – was it 7 Beavers, 3 sections, 150 Cubs and Scouters at the Area Kub Kar Rally or 500 Youth at a Tri-Area Camp? What? What are they being thanked for, and what impact did that have on the Youth? Did they take their Section to an activity as participants, did they help run an event, or did they take on a leadership or mentoring role? When? When did the activity take place and how long did it run? A couple of hours, a weekend, a week-long trip or something that lasted every week for 5 months? Where? Where did this take place? At a park down the road, or did they need to travel a considerable distance to get there? Why and How? Why did what they do help Scouts Canada Youth have great adventures, help them grow and have fun? It may seem like a lot, but you can touch upon these points in 3 or 4 sentences. Remember that the person reviewing these commendations may not be local to you, and they may not know about the event or know the person being commended. The highest Scouts Canada awards (Silver Acorn, Bar to the Silver Acorn, Silver Wolf) are adjudicated at the National level.