Silver Beaver Nomination Application Form Hints
The official Silver Beaver Nomination Form, #92-103 (hand written form), or 512-103 (interactive form) is a five-page document that requires providing specific information. Either form can be used. Most nominators know the basic information found on page #1, Name, Address, etcetera, however pages #2 through Page #4, require specific information on the candidate. The more concise information you provide, the better the chance of your nomination being selected by the Silver Beaver Nomination Review Committee, which is comprised of Silver Beavers from within Garden State Council. The selection process is a "blind”, or “anonymous" whereby the committee is unaware of the name of the nominated Scouter.
On page #2, the form asks for a “Record of Service” in the BSA, and listing of positions. It needs specific info about their position including Unit, District, Council, and service dates. As you recall, this is a blind process, so the selection committee does not know who they are reviewing and cannot add to the qualifications list of said "unknown" person that you may think everyone knows everything about.
Training is a crucial factor in selecting a Silver Beaver. It shows their dedication to BSA methods to insure he or she realizes the importance of up to date training in performing their role in Scouting. Page #3 also asks for "Scouting Recognition" which is the honors and awards received. None of the awards listed is required to be considered for the Silver Beaver Award, but it shows a progression of their commitment.
Page #4 is often over looked as it asks for "Service of Exceptional Character to Youth OUTSIDE of Scouting.” This can be any service in the community, such as school, church, sports, or other social clubs for the benefit of youth. There is also room for a statement concerning this service. The page also asks for specific information on the organization that is attached to this service so the review committee can contact the organization. This is an extremely important section.
Page #5, provides brief instructions and the Rules and Regulations regarding the award.
Lastly, the nomination process is designed to be secret to the nominated individual. Please do not consult them for the required information as it could cause bad feelings if they are not selected. Use your imagination to secretly ask friends, spouse, Unit leaders, for more information. The council also maintains a database of volunteer information which can be extremely beneficial. Contact Steve Leth at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain this information. After all the exceptional service to Scouting and the community is said and done, you, the nominator, may be the best key to your nomination being approved to receive the Silver Beaver Award!