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Order of the Silver Key for Distinguished Youth Leadership Award

Created in 2013 by the Greater Toronto Council Youth Network (GTCYN), the Order of the Silver Key is an award for Distinguished Youth Service. It honours those youth who have significantly contributed to the Movement and the spirit of Scouting through their dedication to their Area, Group, and community.

The Order of the Silver Key replaces and revitalizes the Youth Awards for Excellence program in the Greater Toronto Council. Today it remains an award that is specific to the GTC.

Order of the Silver Key Q&A 


All youth that display outstanding service and commitment to the Scouting Movement are eligible for the Order of the Silver Key. In terms of the award criteria, “outstanding” is defined as leadership and commitment that exceeds the performance of the ordinary duties and expectations of the youth program, within their sections, groups or local areas.  Youth must meet the specified criteria below:

  1. Be a member of Scouting for no less than two years, and be currently registered and participating as a youth in the Scouting program.  It is anticipated that most recipients will be registered as a Scout, Venturer Scout or Rover Scout, however Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts that display exceptional skills and thoroughly reflect the Scouting spirit will also be eligible. This will be based on their participation, community involvement and dedication.
  2. Show outstanding leadership and teamwork capabilities, primarily at the group and/or area levels, but can also include the council or national levels of Scouting.
  3. Help organize, run, coordinate, and participate in events that better their community, other Scouting members, or the Scouting Community at large.
  4. Positively benefit other youth members as a direct result of their work and dedication.
  5. Provide leadership and display a commitment level that exceeds the faithful performance of the ordinary duties and expectations of the youth program, within their sections, groups, local councils or other pertinent Scouting associations and bodies.

Steps for Nomination:

Please complete the Silver Key nomination form and return it to If preferred a hard copy submission of the nomination form will also be accepted at the Council Office, made out to the attention of the DCYC Recognition.

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