- Made exceptional public displays of support for inclusive scouting,
- Engaged in substantial public advocacy for inclusive scouting, or
- Taken a particularly difficult stand on the issue, often resulting in hardship such as being kicked out by the BSA.
The Distinguished Service version of the award features a gold border around the knot on both the patches and the pins.
The inaugural Inclusive Scouting Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dave Rice in 2002 for his decades of work on the issue as an Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow, and scout leader with 59 years of experience. Rice was one of the original founders of the California-based Scouting for All in 1993, and was eventually kicked out by the BSA for his outside advocacy.