National Volunteer Week
National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration observed in many countries, to promote and show appreciation for volunteerism and volunteering. In Canada, it is organized by Volunteering Canada and is held in mid to late April. In Canada, National Volunteer Week was first conceived in 1943 as a way to celebrate the contribution made by women on the home front to the war effort. After World War II ended, National Volunteer Week declined in popularity until the 1960s when it revived and eventually began gaining popularity in the United States as well.
Volunteer Recognition Day - April 20th
During National Volunteer Week, there is also Volunteer Recognition Day which is observed every year on April 20. As the name suggests, it is a day to honor, recognize and celebrate the selfless individuals who volunteer their time and energy to help others and promote good causes. Volunteers do all this without expecting compensation or appreciation for their efforts and this is what is so inspiring.
Based on feedback from councils, commissioners and members at large, the NRN has made significant changes in 2019-2020.
- Scouts Canada generated nation-wide commendation(s) will no longer be issued.
- The NRN is reaching out regularly to key individuals to ensure that appropriate awards are prepared. The NRN will not be providing mass medals at one time.
- Providing more information to further involve the Council Key 3 in the recognition process
- Youth who are both a participant and a Volunteer will be considered for Medal of the Maple before Medal of Good Service
- Adjudication teams composed of Active members from across the country, now review all nominations for Medal of the Maples, Medals for Fortitude, Medals of Gallantry, and Medals for Meritorious Conduct to ensure consistency across the country.
Completed awards 2021-2022
Outstanding Service Medals
- Commendations - 21,910
- Medal for Good Service - 1,600
- Bar to the Medal for Good Service - 1,085
- Medal of Merit - 203
- Bar to the Medal of Merit - 157
- Silver Acorn - 37
- Bar to the Silver Acorn - 30
- Silver Wolf - 1
Long Service Pins
- Long Service Medal - 352
- 5-45 Year Pins - 1,316
- 50 Year Pin - 11
- 55 Year Pin - 9
- 60 Year Pin - 5
- 65 Year Pin - 1
- 70 Year Pin - 2
Medals of Valour, Fortitude and Meritorious Conduct
- Medal of the Maple - 100
- North Star Award - 111
- Seeonee Award - 98
- Chief Scout Award - 119
- Queens Venturer Award - 48
- Canadian Rover Scout Award - 3
Completed awards 2020 - 2021
- 8, 973 Commendations
- Outstanding Service Medals
- Medal for Good Service --> 328
- Bar to the Medal for Good Service --> 767
- Medal for Merit --> 257
- Bar to the Medal for Merit --> 119
- 135 Silver Acorn & Bar to the Silver Acorn
- Long Service Pins
- 5 year - 45 year pins - recognized by group
- 24 50 year pins
- 11 55 year pins
- 5 60 year pins
- 5 65 year pins
- 2 70 year pins
- 46 Medals of Valour, Fortitude and Meritorious Conduct
- 93 Medals of the Maple
- 7 Silver Fox - For Scouters in other National Scouting Organizations (not Scouts Canada)
Completed awards 2019 - 2020
- 17,023 Commendations
- 577 Outstanding Service Medals
- 971 Long Service Pins
- 50 Medals of Valour, Fortitude and Meritorious Conduct
- 59 Medals of the Maple
Spring Award Mailing
The National Recognition Network is begining its Spring Award Mailing to review all Scouters for Medals for Outstanding Service Awards, Adjudicated awards and Medals of the Maple.
The award packages will be mailed in April 2022 for distribution to Group Commissioners. Group Commissioners can organize meaningful presentations as Canada resumes in-person gatherings. These presentations should occur prior to August 2022.
Please connect with your Council Recognition Administrator for details specific to your Council.
Please Note exceptions below
First Commendations with Flash were not included in the Award Blitz, due to the additional time their processing would add to the delivery of the awards noted above. Members receiving First Commendation with Flash may receive a PDF of the Commendation Letter along with a PDF of the Certificate of Commendation.
Years of Service Pins may be purchased through the Scout Shop.