At the end of each SCUL season we have a final mission called "Life Day", where pilots fly to a ceremonial place, make hot chocolate, eat snacks, shiver in the cold, and give each other props for being a part of the gang.
Any pilot can give any other pilot a medal, which they typically make themselves. Afterwards Skunk awards advanced medals: Century, Intergalactic, Interuniversal, and outpost. Pilots also receive medals for flying over 100 missions, 200 missions, etc., as well as for flying1000 ly, 2000 ly, etc.
Typically only one pilot per season is awarded the highest honor given in SCUL—the Iron Cog. The recipient is given a special trophy and is hugged by the gang as hard as possible.
1996In '96 Skunk started a gang, in order to get some people to hang.
1998Then Crack came along and believed in Skunk: she actually showed up and rode all that junk.
1999NoWay rode with unstoppable vigor - making our numbers 50% bigger.
2000WalTor earned it for Y2K no doubt. He lives and dies by the Admiral's command: until it’s time to take him out.
2001In 2001 the honor was Vomit's: She made a home for the fort – well above and beyond it.
2002It happened to Diva in 2002, living litmus test for the chopper groove.
2002The same year, MegaSeth earned his pips - the beauty of his code rivaled only by his ships
2003In 2003 we gave it to Moose: a pilot and a friend who helps us deduce.
2003Moose was happy to share his year with Rotwang: an easy rider and a boon to the gang.
2004Nameless builds ships as tough as a hog: 2004 was his year for the cog.
2005Threespeed saves the mission with excellent grace - we made up new medals to keep up with his pace.
2006Hapto shows us the meaning of Chic. Tiara! Tiara! Flight-paths unfit for the weak!
2008Ehawk's award night we'll never forget: though I suspect her hangover's one she regrets.
2008Nosepicker got it by traveling through time… Shut up! (nosepicker nosepicker nosepicker)
2009Leotard's the one who lets the admiral know: it's time to ride – the crew wants to go.
2010How can you begin to measure Hack’s worth? Revolutionary master of organized work.
2011Yt is perfect at keeping the books: Jedi-level hooping with the stylish-est of looks.
2012No one more stalwart than our friend Treekiller – always a hugger and never a quitter.
2013A tiger run over by a horse has his mane underhoof. Oh and by the way – 2013's iron cog belongs to: Baaaaaaaaaaane Thunderwolf!!
2014Computio audio photeo geek: demoscener Dr.Claw does it all for his friends in the fleet.
2015Skin tight spandex of incredible dayglow, Civitron is the very essence of hero.
2016Excess never stops, he's an unstoppable force: the right attitude and strong as a horse!
2017One thing that can be said 'bout Dead Bride: The harder the mission, the better the ride!
2017A ball of pure energy – a full-on fun mission leader. None take on Pastry Queen 'cause none could defeat her!
2018The point of McFuzz is to always do better: his bunny tail acts as the gang's pace setter.
2019Seeing the bright side, no matter how dark it gets, Red Squirrel's prepared for whatever – you bet!
Typically three pilots may receive this award per season. These pilots have gone well above the call of 'dootie'.
Typically five of these honors go to pilots who have the spirit of SCUL coursing through their veins, and the song of SCUL beating in their heart. We use a stethoscope to find out.