James M. Stewart Good Citizenship Award

What Is the James M. Stewart Good Citizenship Award?

This award has been established by the James M. Stewart Museum Foundation with the consent and cooperation of the Boy Scouts of America, Penn’s Woods Council and the family of James M. Stewart. The purpose of this award is to introduce Scouts to the life of a great American, James Maitland Stewart. The Jimmy Stewart Museum is offering this award to a Scout or Scouter who has exemplified the characteristics necessary to live the life of a good citizen. To earn the award, Scouts must

  • Read through the Jimmy Stewart workbook
  • Complete the Jimmy Stewart Museum quiz
  • Write an essay of not less than 500 words
  • Do a good citizenship project in their community in honor of James M. Stewart

Learn more about the award.

Who Should Present the Award?

Melissa sent in this question

My son (webelos I) is earning the James m. Stewart good citizen award for a service project he did in 2nd grade (wolf) We have received the model and the patch and plan on presenting it at the blue and gold banquet next week. We want to make this special and so that he understands how special this award is. Very few boyscout even earn this award. We are trying to invite people we think are important to him and his scout life. (Principal school where project was done, grandparents, scout leaders from the troop he will be crossing over to next year, state senator has been invited ). Our question is who should present this award. The cub master is his father and I am the committee chair. As holding those positions we are thinking it would be more meaningful and show the importance of the award to others if we don’t present it but are question is who? Do we try to get someone from the council, the assistant cub master or committee chair, the future troop leader? Please give me some times as the ceremony is next Friday

First of all, congratulations to you son for earning this award. () I agree that it would probably seem more special if mom and dad don’t present the award. Here are some suggestions:

  • A representative of the organization he did the service project for
  • The head of your chartered organization
  • His pastor/minister/rabbi etc.
  • Your chartered organization rep
  • Your unit commissioner
  • Your district executive
  • The state senator you invited if he attends
  • Your mayor or other representative of your local community

I think my first choice would be somebody from the organization which benefited from his service project.

Readers, add your ideas below.

More Resources

Service Project Ideas

Service Project Ideas for Scouts BSA

See some service project ideas for Scouts BSA and add your own to the comments.

Service Project Ideas for Cub Scouts

Coming up with feasible service project ideas for young Cub Scouts can be a challenge. Here are a few ideas.

More About the Award in Bryan on Scouting

This award was featured on the official Boy Scouts of America blog in 2020. Read the article.


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3 responses to “James M. Stewart Good Citizenship Award”

  1. Jonathan Avatar
    Jonathan

    I agree that it would be special if someone from the organization that he serviced was to present the award. I would add one thing though. Have a plan “B” person. In the event your 1st choice person cannot make it, I would advise to be sure that someone other than you can be there to present it. Maybe the Mayor if the Senator can’t.

  2. Liz Avatar
    Liz

    Congratulations to your son for earning this award, but I am confused as to how he would be able to earn it. From what I read, it is for Boy Scouts, not Cub Scouts. Secondly, I know for my pack (and others) scouts can only earn badges, awards, belt loops etc. for items during that current year.

    Please don’t take this as saying your son did not do a wonderful job, I am just confused.

    Happy Scouting!

    1. Daniel Avatar
      Daniel

      Hi Liz,

      I read the award details to mean anyone associated with the Boy Scouts of America; meaning the award is available to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts and Varsity Scouts, as well as scouters. I don’t think it is limited to members of a Boy Scout troop. Hope that makes sense. Its a great question though.

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