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On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

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Community Organization Award

The Community Organization Award is a generic term used by the BSA to identify a category of awards used by secular, national, community organizations to regonize their members for voluntary service and schievement. The organization must also be a BSA national chartered organization.

The award can be presented either by the national organization or through one of its local chapters, lodges, posts, or other entities. The concept of the Community Organization Award is similar to the adult religious recognition program in that the award itself and the criteria for granting the award are is under the ownership and auspices of the particular national chartered organization, which is also a chartered organization with the Boy Scouts of America.

The Boy Scouts of America's Community Organization Award square knot consists of an embroidered square knot on a purple background with a gold border and is the means by which the BSA recognizes Scouters who have received an approved community organization service recognition. As with all other square knots it is worn on the Scouter uniform shirt above the left pocket.

To ensure compatibility with the objectives and mission of the Boy Scouts of America, the concept, requirements, and criteria for presenting the award must be approved by the BSA's Relationships Committee.

Currently there are eight approved award, The Marvin M. Lewis Award of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE), Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award, Veterans of Foreign Wars Scouter's Achievement Award, American Legion Scouting Square Knot Award, Department of Defense United States Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Herbert G. Horton Alpha Phi Omega Youth Service Award of the Alpha Phi Omega national service fraternity, and the US Power Squadron Finley Sea Scout Service Award.

The Square Knot, #152316 is available on a restricted basis from the Relationships Division.