William D. Boyce New-Unit Organizer Award
Note: The requirements for this award were revised in 2019
and now may be presented to multiple volunteers for organizing a new unit.
The William D. Boyce New-Unit Organizer Award
is presented to recognize volunteers who organize
one or more traditional Scouting units. The award
may be worn on the adult uniform. The award is a
square knot placed over the three colors representing
the three phases of our program—Cub Scouting.
Scouts BSA, Venturing. and Sea Scouting.
A volunteer can earn the knot by organizing one
traditional unit, and a program device can be earned
for up to three additional units organized.
The award has been updated to recognize volunteers
for organizing traditional units anytime after January
The award is administered by the National Alliances
Team and will be presented by the local council.
Requirements and Eligibility
- With the approval of the district committee chair
or district membership chair, the volunteer serves
as the organizer and completes the successful
organization of one new traditional unit (Cub
Scout pack, Scouts BSA troop, Venturing crew, or
Sea Scout ship).
- The volunteer organizes the unit by following all
procedures as published in the Unit Performance
Guide (No. 525-025) using the four pillar steps:
1) Know the Market, 2) Make the Call, 3) Build the
Team, and 4) Grow the Unit, in particularly
ensuring a new-unit commissioner has been
recruited and works with the new-unit organizer at
the very beginning of the organizational process.
Unit Performance Guide standards
to be met: 10 new youth, five adults, unit Key
3, engaged chartered organization. Note: The
chartered organization representative is not a
- Quite often several individuals help to organize a
new unit. We understand that "it takes a district to
support a unit." A unit can recognize multiple
volunteers for organizing a new unit. In order to
keep the award special please keep this
recognition to an appropriate number of volunteers
that made significant effort to start the new unit.
Your council should be involved in determining the
appropriate number of volunteers who should
receive the award.
- To further recognize volunteers for organizing
additional new units, a program device can be
earned and worn on the new-unit organizer knot.
The program device represents the type of unit
organized (a Cub Scout pack, Scouts BSA troop.
Venturing crew, or Sea Scout ship). The knot and
up to three program devices may be worn in
recognition for organizing up to four new traditional
units. Multiple program devices for organizing units
in the same program may be earned and worn.
- The William D. Boyce New-Unit Organizer Award
is not presented to the new-unit organizer until
after the unit is organized and then qualifies
as a Bronze unit in Journey to Excellence after
achieving its first charter renewal status.
- New-Unit Organizer Award Certificate
- New-Unit Organizer Award Uniform Insignia (Square Knot)
- Program devices to recognize additional new units organized
- "Organizer" lapel pin for civilian wear
Page updated on:
May 19, 2021