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It is SOUSA Time!

posted Jan 12, 2016, 7:18 PM by Seneca Admin
The Seneca District Outstanding Unit Scouter Award – “SOUSA” is a unit level award that gives recognition to registered adult Scouters for their significant contributions to their respective units during the 2015 calendar year. It is a district award presented on behalf of units in the same way that the District Award of Merit is a council award presented by the district, and the Silver Beaver Award is a national award presented by the council.
Who is Eligible?
- Scouters (adult leaders) registered at the unit level in troops, packs, ships, venture, or varsity units.
- Units are limited to two recipients per year for this award.
Who is Not Eligible?
- Scoutmasters, Cubmasters, Advisors, or Coaches, and Skippers, etc. are ineligible for the SOUSA.
- Recipients of this award or equivalent the past three (3) years. Equivalent awards include the Bowline, Spark Plug, or Pinnacle Awards, or other former district unit Scouter award.
How are Recipients Selected and Who Selects Them?
- Recipients are selected and designated by their units based on their significant contributions to the unit within the calendar year Jan 01 2015 through Dec 31 2015. The definition of “significant” is entirely at the discretion of the unit leader or unit committee chair.
- The Seneca District Adult Recognition Committee accepts, without review, nominations that comply with the eligibility criteria above.
How do Units Submit Nominees?
- Units (usually the unit leader or committee chairman) submit the names of their nominees by email.
- Send to Tom Kennedy ( by Feb 11 2016. Please put [SOUSA] in the subject line of your e-mail so we don’t miss it!  Please don’t wait till the last minute‼
Please include—
- Detailed and specific “Statement of Outstanding Service” (a paragraph of 3-5 Sentences (50 to 100 words) describing the nominee’s contribution that the award is based upon. (Paragraphs will be posted on the Seneca District website recognizing Outstanding Unit Scouter Award recipients and read verbatim at the Seneca District Adult Court of Honor and Dinner on May 24, 2016.)
- Contact information for both the nominator AND the nominee (name, position, unit, email and phone number).
- The form for 2015 SOUSA Nominee(s) is attached for your use.
When are the awards presented?
- The SOUSA certificate is presented to the recipients at the annual Seneca District Adult Court of Honor & Dinner, scheduled for May 24, 2016 at the Golden Bull, in Gaithersburg (Save the date!)
Does Seneca District Contact and Invite the Recipients?
- No.  Upon confirmation that your submission has been received (usually within a few days of our receipt) you should inform the recipient and ensure that he or she—along with members of your unit—plan to attend the Seneca District Adult COH Dinner on May 24, 2016.
Yours in Scouting and
   Best Regards,
Thomas C. Kennedy
Seneca Admin,
Jan 12, 2016, 7:18 PM