Recognizing Volunteer’s Years of Service

Did you know?

Scouts Canada has an awards program recognizing Years of Service (YoS) for its Volunteers in 5 year increments.

The system has changed so that Groups can track and recognize when their Volunteers are eligible for the 5, 15, 20, 25, etc recognition.

  • Groups can download the appropriate YoS Recognition Certificate and letter from and fill in information about the recipient. (Note – this link will be updated when these files are made available on the Scouts Canada website)
  • Groups can choose to purchase the appropriate YoS pin from the Scout Shop.
    (Search for ‘Yr Service’ on the Scout Shop Site –
  • Pick an appropriate time and place to present the recognition.
  • For now, email to let us know that the recognition has been presented. Eventually, will be updated so Group Commissioners/Group Registrars can enter this information into the recipient’s record themselves (similar to how they can enter Top Section Award recognition.)

A couple of other points:

  • The 10 Year Service Medal will still be processed at the Council level.
  • Scouts Canada Members who have volunteered with other WOSM organizations or the Girl Guides of Canada can count those volunteer years after they have been a Scouts Canada member for at least 3 years.  Simply enter these years in the recipient’s record under Non-Entered Years. (Note – volunteer service with those organizations cannot overlap with being a Scouts Canada Volunteer).
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