Woods Services Award for Scouting With Special Needs

Community Organizations Knot


The Woods Services Award is a national-level recognition for volunteer adults who provide outstanding service to Scouts with special needs.

Woods Services, founded in 1913 as The Woods Schools for Exceptional Children, is a nationally recognized leader in services for people with developmental disabilities, brain injury, and mental health diagnoses, serving 1,000 individuals annually. Woods Services is licensed by the state of Pennsylvania to provide educational, residential, and vocational services for children, adults, and seniors. Round-the-clock medical services are provided, and residents are offered a full schedule of social and recreational activities both on and off campus. Woods Services is located in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, with additional locations throughout Bucks, Montgomery, and Chester Counties in Pennsylvania

Instructions and Additional Information

  1. The nomination form should be sent by the local council to the Scouts With Special Needs Task Force, S209, at the BSA national office, by December 31 to be considered for the following year’s selection.
  2. A nominee shall
    1. Be currently registered as a member of the Boy Scouts of America and have three or more years of ser vice in any Scouting capacity related to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and/or Venturers with disabilities.
    2. Have done all Scouting activities related to Scouts with disabilities on a strictly volunteer basis.
  3. One national award is granted each year.
  4. TThe award will be available for presentation by May 1of each year. It is to be presented at a suitable national or regional meeting, with consideration given to the recipient's availability.
  5. The award, a handsome, engraved plaque, is provided each year by Woods Services. Recipients of the award are entitled to wear the Community Organization Award suare knot patch shown at the top of the page.

Page updated on: May 23, 2014

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