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Advancement and recognition in the Boy Scouts of America is a tradition dating from the inception of the Scouting movement. A fundamental purpose of advancement is the self-confidence a young man or woman acquires from his participation in Scouting. Advancement is one of the methods used in the "Aims of Scouting"– character development, citizenship training and personal fitness.

There are separate advancement and recognition programs for the three main program divisions: Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing. Each program is designed for its age group and goals.

Cub Scouting



Advancement is one of the methods used to promote the aims of character development, citizenship
Citizenship
Citizenship is the state of being a citizen of a particular social, political, national, or human resource community. Citizenship status, under social contract theory, carries with it both rights and responsibilities...

 training, and personal fitness. Everything a Cub Scout does in the advancement program is intended to achieve these aims and aid in personal growth. The program has two tiers of advancement: the classic rank system of Bobcat, Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear, Webelos and the Arrow of Light and the newer Academics and Sports Program.

Boy Scout Advancement


The advancement program for Boy Scouts has two phases. The first phase of Scout to First Class is designed to teach the boy Scoutcraft
Scoutcraft
Scoutcraft is a term used to cover a variety of woodcraft knowledge and skills required by people seeking to venture into wild country and sustain themselves independently. The term has been adopted by Scouting organizations to reflect skills and knowledge which are felt to be a core part of the...

 skills, how to participate in a group and to learn self-reliance. Scout is the joining rank, and is awarded when the Scout demonstrates a rudimentary knowledge of the Scouting ideals. Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class have progressively harder requirements in the areas of Scoutcraft, physical fitness, citizenship, personal growth and Scout Spirit
Scout Spirit
Scout spirit is an ideal attitude that Scouts around the world are supposed to show, based on adherence to the Scout Law and Scout Oath.In the Boy Scouts of America, the Scout's demonstration of Scout spirit is discussed at the Scoutmaster Conference and the Board of Review when the Scout proceeds...

.

Focus turns toward individual achievement, leadership and community service once First Class is earned. The ranks of Star, Life and Eagle
Eagle Scout (Boy Scouts of America)
Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America . A Scout who attains this rank is called an Eagle Scout or Eagle. Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than 2 million young men...

 require a set number of merit badges (minimum of 21 for Eagle Scout, with 12 from a compulsory list), as well as a minimum of time spent in a troop leadership position, and community service requirements, among other things. The rank of Eagle Scout requires the scout plan, develop and lead their own service peoject that benefits their community or an organization other than Scouting. In 2010, the Life Scout rank added a specific teaching requirement, where a Star-rank scout must teach a younger scout certain requirements for one of the early ranks.

Several religious emblems programs are administered by various religious institutions and recognized by the BSA. These are generally recognized by a medal and an embroidered square knot. Many other advancement and recognitions—such as the 50-Miler Award
50-miler award
The 50-Miler Award is an award of the Boy Scouts of America designed to promote the ideals of Scouting and in Scoutcraft, conservation, self reliance, and physical fitness. The award may be earned by Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers and leaders....

, Crime Prevention Awards, Emergency Preparedness Award and World Conservation Award —are available to Scouts who show performance in special areas.

Den Chiefs may earn the Den Chief Service Award or the Webelos Den Chief Service Award.

There are also several positions of responsibility within each troop, which is usually divided into patrols, with patrol leaders and assistant patrol leaders. The troop itself has a senior patrol leader as its youth leader, along with an assistant senior patrol leader, and several other positions of responsibility, such as scribe, quartermaster, librarian, instructor, historian and chaplain's aide. Holding some sort of responsibility in the troop is a requirement for higher advancement ranks.

Varsity Scout advancement



Advancement is a key part of the Varsity program. Varsity Scouts can earn any award or recognition that is available to Boy Scouts, including merit badges, ranks advancements, and other awards. There are also several awards that are only available to Varsity Scouts, and sometimes their leaders.

Order of the Arrow



The Order of the Arrow
Order of the Arrow
The Order of the Arrow is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America . It uses American Indian-styled traditions and ceremonies to bestow recognition on scouts selected by their peers as best exemplifying the ideals of Scouting. The society was created by E. Urner Goodman, with the...

(OA) is a program of the Boy Scout
Boy Scout
A Scout is a boy or a girl, usually 11 to 18 years of age, participating in the worldwide Scouting movement. Because of the large age and development span, many Scouting associations have split this age group into a junior and a senior section...

 division of the Boy Scouts of America
Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, with over 4.5 million youth members in its age-related divisions...

 (BSA). It is the BSA's national honor society
Honor society
In the United States, an honor society is a rank organization that recognizes excellence among peers. Numerous societies recognize various fields and circumstances. The Order of the Arrow, for example, is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America...

 for experienced campers, based on American Indian
Native Americans in the United States
Native Americans in the United States are the indigenous peoples in North America within the boundaries of the present-day continental United States, parts of Alaska, and the island state of Hawaii. They are composed of numerous, distinct tribes, states, and ethnic groups, many of which survive as...

 traditions, and dedicated to the ideal of cheerful service.

Awards are separate and distinct from the membership levels of Ordeal and Brotherhood. Awards available through the Order of the Arrow include: Vigil Honor, Founder's Award, Distinguished Service Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Red Arrow Award, E. Urner Goodman Camping Award, E. Urner Goodman, Scholarship Fund, National Service Award. Scholastic awards are also available to Arrowmen to aid in education expenses.

Youth advancement

Venturing Awards
EWLINE
Bronze Awards Gold Award Silver Award
EWLINE
Ranger Award
Ranger Award
The Ranger Award is an award available to youth in the Venturing program and requires the same caliber of work as Boy Scout Eagle Award. It is designed to encourage youths to acquire a high level of proficiency in outdoor skills.-Award:...

TRUST Award Quest Award Quartermaster Award
EWLINE
Shooting Sports Outstanding Achievement Venturing Leadership Awards Young American Award
Note: There are also Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards in the Girl Scouts of the USA
Girl Scouts of the USA
The Girl Scouts of the United States of America is a youth organization for girls in the United States and American girls living abroad. It describes itself as "the world's preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls". It was founded by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912 and was organized after Low...

.


A Bronze Award may be earned for each category of arts and hobbies, outdoor, community and religious life, sea scouting and sports. After earning at least one Bronze Award and meeting tenure, leadership, personal growth and other requirements the Venturer may earn the Gold Award. To earn the Silver Award, the Venturer must earn the Gold Award, earn first aid
First aid
First aid is the provision of initial care for an illness or injury. It is usually performed by non-expert, but trained personnel to a sick or injured person until definitive medical treatment can be accessed. Certain self-limiting illnesses or minor injuries may not require further medical care...

 and CPR certifications, show leadership and participate in ethics
Ethics
Ethics, also known as moral philosophy, is a branch of philosophy that addresses questions about morality—that is, concepts such as good and evil, right and wrong, virtue and vice, justice and crime, etc.Major branches of ethics include:...

 training.

Venturers may also earn expert awards that build on some areas of the Bronze Awards.
These include the Venturing Ranger Award (Outdoors);
the TRUST Award (Community and Religious Life);
the Quest Award (Sports);
and the Quartermaster Award
Quartermaster Award (Boy Scouts of America)
The Quartermaster Award is the highest rank attainable in the Sea Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America.-Award:The award consists of a medal suspended from a blue ribbon; the ribbon is suspended from a silver colored bar bearing the design of a double carrick bend knot...

(Sea Scouting).

Male members under the age of 18 may also earn Merit Badges and the Star, Life, and Eagle Scout
Eagle Scout (Boy Scouts of America)
Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America . A Scout who attains this rank is called an Eagle Scout or Eagle. Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than 2 million young men...

 ranks from the Boy Scouting program if they have earned at least First Class rank in a Boy Scout troop or Varsity Scout team.

Venturing Leadership Award


Both youth and adults are eligible for the Venturing Leadership Award. There are three levels of these awards: council (for those at the crew, district, and/or council levels), region (for those at the area or region levels) and National. A limited number of these awards are presented on an annual basis to those involved in Venturing who have made exceptional contributions to Venturing at their particular level and who exemplify the Venturing Code. These awards are similar in scope to the Silver Beaver Award
Silver Beaver Award
The Silver Beaver Award is the council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council...

, Silver Antelope Award
Silver Antelope Award
The Silver Antelope Award is the regional-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America and recognizes outstanding service to young people within one of the four regions of the BSA...

, and Silver Buffalo Award
Silver Buffalo Award
The Silver Buffalo Award is the national-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. It is presented for noteworthy and extraordinary service to youth on a national basis, either as part of, or independent of the Scouting program...

.

Sea Scout Advancement

Sea Scout ranks: Apprentice, Able, Ordinary, Quartermaster
Quartermaster Award
medal, badge and knot

In Sea Scouts, the traditional advancement program consists of the 4 ranks in the following order Apprentice, Ordinary, Able, and finally Quartermaster
Quartermaster Award (Boy Scouts of America)
The Quartermaster Award is the highest rank attainable in the Sea Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America.-Award:The award consists of a medal suspended from a blue ribbon; the ribbon is suspended from a silver colored bar bearing the design of a double carrick bend knot...

. Quartermaster is the highest Sea Scout Rank and is equivalent to Eagle Scout
Eagle Scout (Boy Scouts of America)
Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America . A Scout who attains this rank is called an Eagle Scout or Eagle. Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than 2 million young men...

 or Venturing Silver Award
Silver Award (Boy Scouts of America)
The Silver Award is the highest award in the Venturing program of the Boy Scouts of America. It requires Venturers to first earn one of five Bronze Awards, earn the Gold Award, have one year's tenure in a crew, and fulfill requirements relating to emergency preparedness, leadership skills, and...

.

SEAL Training, (Sea Exploring Advanced Leadership), is the highest level of Leadership Training. The program originated in 1996 and at the time was under the name of Sea Exploring, however in 1998 when Venturing was formed the organization was known as Sea Scouts. The name SEAL training did not change. There are about 4-6 course per year held around the country. Participants age over 14.5 to less than 18 years old. Participants must have earned the rank of Ordinary before attending the course. Approximately 80% of participants pass the course. The course is similar to NAYLE
National Youth Leadership Training
National Youth Leadership Training is the current incarnation of youth leadership development training offered by the Boy Scouts of America . The program is conducted at the council level over a week or over two weekends. It is intended to provide standardized, in-depth training covering a number...

 or what was previously known as NJLIC. Upon successful graduation from the course the student may wear the SEAL Pin on their uniform. This the only youth earned pin that an Adult may wear.

Sea Scouts may choose to earn any Venturing awards, advancement, and training if they wish to. A male Sea Scout who has earned the rank of 1st Class in a Boy Scout Troop may complete further Boy Scout ranks and training from within his Sea Scout Ship.

Religious awards

  • Youth Religious Emblem
  • Adult Religious Award

Lifesaving and meritorious action awards

Honor Medal, Heroism Award, Medal of Merit
knots and devices

BSA's National Court of Honor is responsible for lifesaving and meritorious awards. All Courts of Honor for Eagle Scout rank are convened as National Courts of Honor also.

Honor Medal With Crossed Palms
A lifesaving award presented to a registered youth member or adult leader who has demonstrated both unusual heroism and extraordinary skill or resourcefulness in saving or attempting to save a life at extreme risk to self; may be awarded posthumously.

Honor Medal
A lifesaving award presented to a registered youth member or adult leader who has demonstrated unusual heroism in saving or attempting to save a life at considerable risk to self.

Heroism Award
A lifesaving award presented to a registered youth member or adult leader who has demonstrated heroism in saving or attempting to save a life at minimum risk to self.

Medal of Merit
Awarded to youth or adults who have performed an outstanding act of service and exceptional character by putting into practice scouting skills and ideals. It does not need to involve risk to self.

National Certificate of Merit
This award may be presented by the National Court of Honor to a registered BSA member, youth or adult, who has performed a significant act of service that is deserving of special national recognition. Such action need not involve attempts of rescue or risk to self, but puts into practice Scouting skills or ideals.

Local Council Certificate of Merit
This may be awarded for meritorious actions.

Cub Scout leader recognition


Cub Scout leaders who complete training, tenure, and performance requirements are recognized by a system of awards. The Cub Scouter Award is available to any leader, while the Tiger Cub Den Leader Award, Cub Scout Den Leader Award, Webelos Den Leader Award and the Cubmaster Award are available to those who have held the respective positions. These awards are recognized by a certificate and an embroidered square knot insignia.

Boy Scout leader recognition


Boy Scout adult leaders who complete training, tenure, and performance requirements are recognized by a system of awards. The Boy Scout Leader's Training Award is available to any leader, while the Scoutmaster's Key and the Scoutmaster Award of Merit are only available to the Scoutmaster.

Varsity Scout leader recognition


Adult Varsity leaders may earn the Varsity Letter and activity pins. They meet the same requirements as the youth and must also complete Fast Start and Basic Leader Training (New Leader Essentials and Varsity Coach Leader Specific Training), attend six Varsity Roundtables, and complete a minimum of six months tenure.

Varsity Scout leaders who complete tenure, training and performance requirements may earn the Varsity Scout Leader Training Award. Varsity Coaches may earn the Varsity Coach's Key and the National President's Varsity Scout Coach Award of Merit.

Venturing leader recognition


Venturing adult leaders who complete training, tenure, and performance requirements are recognized by a system of awards. The Venturing Leader's Training Award is available to any leader, while the Venturing Advisor's Key and Venturing Advisor Award of Merit are only available to the Advisor.

Sea Scout leader recognition

Skipper's Key
medal and knot with device

Sea Scout adult leaders who complete training, tenure, and performance requirements are recognized by a system of awards. The Sea Scout Leader's Training Award (part of the Scouter's Training Award series) is available to any leader, while the Skipper's Key is only available to Skippers. Seabadge is an advanced leadership program for all Sea Scout leaders. Seabadge can be worn as a pin or a knot with a single trident. Unofficial knots with multiple tridents are sometimes worn to represent a staff member or course director.

Sea Scout adult leaders may also wear the SEAL pin if they, earned it as a youth, served as course director, or served as a course director's mate.

Sea Scout adult leaders may also receive the Venturing Leadership Award

Commissioner recognition

Arrowhead Honor
Distinguished Commissioner Service Award

Commissioners
Commissioner Service
Commissioner Service is the group within the Boy Scouts of America that provides direct service to each Scouting unit . Commissioners are experienced Scouters who help chartered organizations and unit leaders to achieve the aims of Scouting by using the methods of Scouting...

 who complete training, tenure, and performance requirements are recognized by a system of awards. The Arrowhead Honor is for commissioners who exhibit quality performance and leadership. The Roundtable Staff Training Award (part of the Scouter's Training Award series) is available to Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout and Venturing roundtable staff. The Commissioner's Key (part of the Scouter's Key series) is available for roundtable commissioners, district commissioner, assistant district commissioners, unit commissioners, council commissioners and assistant council commissioners. The Distinguished Commissioner Service Award recognizes commissioners who provide quality service over a period of at least five years.

Series awards

Scouter's Training Award
medal, knot and devices
Scouter's Key
medal, knot and devices
Award of Merit
knot and devices

These awards are part of a series used in several of the BSA programs. They use the same emblems and are differentiated by the use of pin-on devices.

The Scouter's Training Award is a set of recognitions for leaders who complete tenure, training and performance requirements.
  • Boy Scout Leader's Training Award for the Scoutmaster, assistant Scoutmasters, troop committee chairman and troop committee members
  • Varsity Scout Leader's Training Award for the Coach, assistant Coach, team committee chairman, team committee member
  • Venturing Leader's Training Award for the Advisor, associate Advisors, crew committee chairman and crew committee members
  • Sea Scout Leader's Training Award for the Skipper, mates, ship committee chairman and ship committee members
  • Roundtable Staff Training Award for the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout and Venturing roundtable staff


The Scouter's Key is a set of recognitions for primary unit leaders who complete advanced tenure, training and performance requirements.
  • Scoutmaster's Key
  • Varsity Scout Coach's Key
  • Venturing Advisor's Key

  • Commissioner's Key for roundtable commissioners, district commissioner, assistant district commissioners, unit commissioners, council commissioners and assistant council commissioner
  • District Committee's Key for the district committee chairman and members


The awards of merit are for Scoutmasters, Coaches and Advisors who meet requirements for tenure, personal training, unit quality and youth training.
  • Scoutmaster Award of Merit
  • Varsity Scout Coach Award of Merit
  • Venturing Advisor Award of Merit

Leadership and training awards

  • Powderhorn
    Powder Horn (Boy Scouts of America)
    Powder Horn is a high adventure resource course for Venturing, Boy Scouting and Varsity Scouting leaders of the Boy Scouts of America . The goals of Powder Horn are to: help Scout leaders to safely conduct outdoor activities of a fun and challenging nature, provide an introduction to the resources...

  • Wood Badge
    Wood Badge
    Wood Badge is a Scouting leadership program and the related award for adult leaders in the programs of Scout associations throughout the world. Wood Badge courses aim to make Scouters better leaders by teaching advanced leadership skills, and by creating a bond and commitment to the Scout movement...

  • Professional Scouter Training Award
  • Den Chief Service Award

Distinguished service awards


Distinguished service awards are presented at various levels to recognize noteworthy and extraordinary service to youth.
  • Silver World Award
    Silver World Award
    The Silver World Award is a distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America . It is presented for noteworthy and extraordinary service to youth on an international basis. Recipients must be a citizen of a country with a Scouting program that is a member of the World Scout Conference...

  • Silver Buffalo Award
    Silver Buffalo Award
    The Silver Buffalo Award is the national-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. It is presented for noteworthy and extraordinary service to youth on a national basis, either as part of, or independent of the Scouting program...

  • Silver Antelope Award
    Silver Antelope Award
    The Silver Antelope Award is the regional-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America and recognizes outstanding service to young people within one of the four regions of the BSA...

  • Silver Beaver Award
    Silver Beaver Award
    The Silver Beaver Award is the council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council...

  • Distinguished Eagle Scout Award
    Distinguished Eagle Scout Award
    The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award is a distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America . It is awarded to an Eagle Scout for distinguished service in his profession and to his community for a period of at least 25 years after attaining the level of Eagle Scout...


Service awards

EWLINE
District Award of Merit, International Scouter Award, Community Organization Award
  • Colonel Henry Crown Leadership and Service Award: A recognition for unit leaders and assistants.
  • District Award of Merit: A recognition for Scouters who give noteworthy service to youth at the district level.
  • International Scouter Award
  • Community Organization Award
    • Cliff Dochterman Award, Rotary
      Rotary International
      Rotary International is an organization of service clubs known as Rotary Clubs located all over the world. The stated purpose of the organization is to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help...

    • Daniel Carter Beard
      Daniel Carter Beard
      Daniel Carter "Uncle Dan" Beard was an American illustrator, author, youth leader, and social reformer who founded the Sons of Daniel Boone in 1905, which Beard later merged with the Boy Scouts of America .-Early life:...

       Masonic Scouter Award, Masons
    • George Meany Award, AFL-CIO
      AFL-CIO
      The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, commonly AFL–CIO, is a national trade union center, the largest federation of unions in the United States, made up of 56 national and international unions, together representing more than 11 million workers...

       (is also part of this category, but retains the use of its original square knot)
    • Herbert G. Horton Alpha Phi Omega
      Alpha Phi Omega
      Alpha Phi Omega is the largest collegiate fraternity in the United States, with chapters at over 350 campuses, an active membership of approximately 17,000 students, and over 350,000 alumni members...

       Service to Youth Award
    • Marvin M. Lewis Award, BPOE
      Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
      The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is an American fraternal order and social club founded in 1868...

    • Raymond A. Finley , Jr. Sea Scout Service Award, United States Power Squadrons
      United States Power Squadrons
      The United States Power Squadrons is a non-profit educational organization, founded in 1914, whose mission is to improve maritime safety and enjoyability through classes in seamanship, navigation, and other related subjects. The USPS comprises approximately 45,000 members organized into 450...

    • Robert E. Burt Boy Scout Volunteer Award, Sons of the American Revolution
      Sons of the American Revolution
      The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution is a Louisville, Kentucky-based fraternal organization in the United States...

    • Ruritan Scout Leader Community Service Award, Ruritan National Service Club
      Ruritan
      Ruritan National is a service club located in small towns and rural areas in the United States. It aims to achieve "Fellowship, Goodwill and Community Service". The local clubs are autonomous from the national organization...

    • Scouter's Achievement Award, VFW
      Veterans of Foreign Wars
      The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is a congressionally chartered war veterans organization in the United States. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, VFW currently has 1.5 million members belonging to 7,644 posts, and is the largest American organization of combat...

    • Scouting Square Knot Award, American Legion
      American Legion
      The American Legion is a mutual-aid organization of veterans of the United States armed forces chartered by the United States Congress. It was founded to benefit those veterans who served during a wartime period as defined by Congress...

    • United States Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
      Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
      The Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal is a military award which was created under Executive Order 12830 by George H. W. Bush on January 9, 1993...

      , U.S. DOD
      United States Department of Defense
      The United States Department of Defense is the U.S...


National service awards


The Spirit of Scouting Award
Designed for presentation to a noteworthy individual who has performed exceptional and unusual service to young people in hard-to-reach communities over a long period of time.
Whitney M Young Jr.
Whitney Young
Whitney Moore Young Jr. was an American civil rights leader.He spent most of his career working to end employment discrimination in the United States and turning the National Urban League from a relatively passive civil rights organization into one that aggressively fought for equitable access to...

 Service Award
Recognizes outstanding services by an adult individual or an organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for youth from rural or low-income urban backgrounds.
¡Scouting ... Vale la pena! Service Award
Recognizes outstanding services by an adult individual or an organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for Hispanic American/Latino youth.
Asian American Spirit of Scouting Service Award
Recognizes outstanding services by an adult individual or an organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for Asian American youth.
ScoutReach National President's Award

Dr. Frank "Tick" Coleman Service Award

A National Service Award for full-time paraprofessional Scouters given every other year, named in honor of Dr. Frank "Tick" Coleman
Frank Coleman
Frank "Tick" Coleman was an educator and community volunteer. Born in Washington, D.C., Coleman grew up in its Point Breeze neighborhood. He was one of the first black Eagle Scouts...

. Mr. Coleman was highly involved in Scoutreach
Scoutreach
The Scoutreach Division of the Boy Scouts of America emphasizes service to rural and urban areas and to minority populations. The African American Focus works with African American populations in partnerships with the NAACP, various the African American churches and other groups...

.

Support of Scouting awards

  • James E West Fellowship Award
    • 1910 Society
      • Ernest Thompson Seton, Daniel Carter Beard, Theodore Roosevelt and Waite Phillips levels
    • Founder's Circle
      • Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels
  • William D. Boyce New-Unit Organizer Award

Unit awards

  • National Den Award
  • National Quality Unit Award
  • National Summertime Pack Award
  • Veteran Unit Emblem
  • BSA Ready & Prepared Award

Scholarships

  • E. Urner Goodman Scholarship Fund
  • National Jewish Committee on Scouting: Eagle Scout Scholarship Programs
  • AFL-CIO Wood Badge Scholarship Program
  • VFW Wood Badge Scholarship Program
  • William M Minto Memorial Scholarship For Sea Scouts
  • Sons of the American Revolution: Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Scholarship

Special opportunities


Aquatics
  • Boardsailing BSA
  • BSA Lifeguard
  • Kayaking, BSA
  • Long Cruise
  • Mile Swim, BSA
  • Qualified Seaman
  • Scuba, BSA
  • Small Boat Handler
  • Snorkeling, BSA


Conservation
  • Boy Scout World Conservation Award
  • Conservation Good Turn
  • Cub Scout World Conservation Award
  • Cub Scout Leave No Trace Awareness Award
  • Leave No Trace Awareness Award
  • William T. Hornaday Awards
    William T. Hornaday Awards
    The William T. Hornaday Awards are a series of awards presented by the Boy Scouts of America for service in conservation and ecology. The program is designed to encourage learning about natural resource conservation and the environment, teach sound stewardship of the natural resources and the...

    • William T. Hornaday Unit Award
    • William T. Hornaday Badge
    • William T. Hornaday Gold Badge
    • William T. Hornaday Bronze Medal
    • William T. Hornaday Silver Medal
    • William T. Hornaday Gold Badge
    • William T. Hornaday Gold Certificate
  • Venturing World Conservation Award


Disabilities
  • Torch of Gold certificate
  • Woods Services Award


Emergency Preparedness
  • BSA Ready and Prepared Award
  • Crime Prevention Awards
  • Emergency Preparedness Award


Outdoors
  • 50-Miler Award
    50-miler award
    The 50-Miler Award is an award of the Boy Scouts of America designed to promote the ideals of Scouting and in Scoutcraft, conservation, self reliance, and physical fitness. The award may be earned by Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers and leaders....

  • Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award
  • Historic Trails Award
    Historic Trails Award
    The Historic Trails Award is an award of the Boy Scouts of America designed to promote the ideals of Scouting and in Scoutcraft, citizenship, self-reliance, and appreciation of national history. It is awarded for studying about, hiking or camping along, or performing a service project on a...

  • National Outdoor Challenge Unit Award


Scoutcraft
  • Firem'n Chit
    Firem'n Chit
    The Fireman Chit is a Boy Scouts reward or contract stating that a scout may be able to use, tend, and start a fire. With the Fireman Chit, the Scout are given the right to do the actions stated in the sentence before this. Generally, the process to earn this takes about a half an hour depending on...

  • Paul Bunyan Woodsman
  • Totin' Chip
    Totin' Chip
    The Totin' Chip is both an award and contract in Boy Scouts of America that shows Scouts understand and agree to certain principles of using different tools with blades. With this, a Scout has the right to carry and use woods tools...

  • Whittlin' Chip


Tenure
  • Service stars
  • Veteran Scouter Pin


Other
  • BSA Family Award
  • BSA Physical Fitness Award
  • Donor Awareness Patch
  • Hometown U.S.A. Award
  • International Activity Patch
    International Activity Patch
    The International Activity Patch is an award of the Boy Scouts of America for participation in an international event. Requirements are developed by each council.-Award:...

  • Interpreter's Strips
  • Recruiter Strip
  • Young American Award
    Young American Award
    The Young American Award is an award of the Boy Scouts of America for outstanding college students ages 19 through 25 who have achieved excellence in the fields of art, athletics, business, community service, education, government, humanities, literature, music, religion, and science; and have...


Awards from other organizations

  • Alpha Phi Omega
    Alpha Phi Omega
    Alpha Phi Omega is the largest collegiate fraternity in the United States, with chapters at over 350 campuses, an active membership of approximately 17,000 students, and over 350,000 alumni members...

     offers the Scouting Recognition Certificate
  • The American Legion
    American Legion
    The American Legion is a mutual-aid organization of veterans of the United States armed forces chartered by the United States Congress. It was founded to benefit those veterans who served during a wartime period as defined by Congress...

     offers the Eagle Scout of the Year Award
  • The United States Department of Defense
    United States Department of Defense
    The United States Department of Defense is the U.S...

     offers the Youth Certificate of Recognition

Obsolete awards


These awards are no longer awarded, but may be worn by those who earned them:
  • Den Mother's Training Award- awarded from 1956, renamed to Den Leader’s Training Award in 1967
  • Den Leader Coach Training Award- awarded from 1967 to 2006, replaced by the Pack Trainer Award
  • Explorer Silver- awarded from 1949 to 1964
  • Explorer Achievement Award- awarded from 1981 to 1995, replaced by the Explorer G.O.L.D. Award
  • Explorer G.O.L.D. Award- awarded from 1995 to 1998
  • Explorer Ranger Award- awarded from 1944 to 1949
  • Explorer Ace Award- awarded from 1942 to 1954
  • National Camping Award- replaced by the National Outdoor Challenge Unit Award in 2010
  • Silver Fawn Award- equivalent of the Silver Beaver Award
    Silver Beaver Award
    The Silver Beaver Award is the council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council...

     for female leaders issued from 1971 to 1974
  • Tiger Cub Coach Award— renamed to Tiger Cub Den Leader Award
  • William H. Spurgeon III Award- moved to Exploring (Learning for Life)
    Exploring (Learning for Life)
    Exploring is a worksite-based program of Learning for Life, a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America, for young men and women who are 14 through 20 years old...


Sources

  • scouting.org - The official BSA Website for Scouting in the US.
  • MeritBadge.Org - is a Wikipedia that provides resources to Scouts and leaders in the US.
  • USScouts.Org - another volunteer site that provides resources to Scouts and leaders in the US.

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