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National Honours

People do amazing work in Scouting and beyond, and a wonderful way to recognise and reward them for this is with a nomination for a National honour. National honours are awarded on merit, for exceptional achievement or commitment to service to Britain. Recipients will generally have made life better for other people or be outstanding at what they do.

National Honours Subgroup Terms of Reference

The National Awards Advisory Group (NAAG) has additional responsibility for promoting external National Honours and awards schemes, and for encouraging proposed nominations from members to be submitted to such schemes. The NAAG does this via the National Honours Subgroup.  Please download the National Honours Subgroup (Terms of Reference) to find out more.

Who can nominate someone for a National honour?

Anyone may make a nomination provided it is not for themselves or a close relative. 

Within Scouting, the National Awards Advisory Group have a subgroup called the National Honours Subgroup (NHSG), who support Commissioners with the nomination process. The NHSG are able to provide support for nominations via the Chief Scout (see below).

Those making a nomination should be aware that it is often helpful if the County/Regional Commissioner supports the nomination. As a general principle, it would be unusual for a bid to be made by the Chief Scout on behalf of Headquarters if the proposed recipient does not hold the Bar to the Silver Acorn or Silver Wolf.

How do I nominate someone for a National honour?

There are three routes of nomination to the honours system:

Honours and Appointments Secretariat
Cabinet Office
Room G39
1 Horse Guards Road

There are no deadlines for the receipt of nomination forms, but they can take between 12 and 18 months to process due to the background checks involved. Nominations must be made while the nominee is still actively involved in what you are nominating them for.

Completing the nomination

Detailed guidance on how to write a nomination is available on the gov.uk website.

You will need to supply a detailed description explaining why you are nominating them, along with:

If making a nomination via the Chief Scout, a member of the NHSG will be able to assist with this process.

Further information on the general process is available at https://www.gov.uk/honours


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