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Awards & Insignias

In addition to the Cub Scout Ranks and Electives, Cub Scouts may earn dozens of additional awards that expand upon the basic rank requirements. Cub Scouts may earn Honor awards to recognize outstanding good deeds.

Cub Scout Awards resources include 18 special awards plus 53 Belt Loops & Pins for Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts,

Summertime Awards

Cub Scout National Summertime Awards

Pack - The purpose of the National Summertime Award is to encourage packs to provide a year-round program by continuing to meet during the time periods when school is out of session for several months. A pack can qualify for the National Summertime Pack Award by planning and conducting three pack activities - one each in June, July, and August. Qualifying packs receive a colorful streamer for their pack flag.

Scout - Boys who participate in three summertime pack events (one each in June, July, and August) are eligible to receive the National Summertime Award pin. The pin is worn on the right pocket flap of the Cub Scout Uniform, pinned onto the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award, if present. Multiple pins may be displayed for each year the award is earned.

Youth Religious Emblem

Many religious-faith groups have programs of intensive religious education for individual Cub Scouts (Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos) Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Explorers, and Venturers. Religious Emblems are designed to recognize youth and adults who demonstrate faith, observe the creeds or principles of the faith, and give service. Religious emblems are not Scouting awards; they are presented by religious groups to boys who earn them.

The Religious Emblems programs are administered by various religious institutions and recognized, but not sponsored, by the BSA. If earned as a cub scout, this emblem can be transferred and worn on a Boy Scout Uniform.

Please see more about these programs here.

Youth Religious Emblem
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Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award

Boys may earn the award in each of the program years as long as the requirements are completed each year. The first time the award is earned, the boy will receive the pocket flap award, which is to be worn on the right pocket flap of the uniform shirt. Each successive year the award is earned, a wolf track pin may be added to the flap. Leaders should encourage boys to build on skills and experiences from previous years when working on the award for a successive year.

All Ranks - Attend Cub Scout day camp or Cub Scout/Webelos Scout resident camp.

Rank-Specific

Tiger - Complete the Backyard Jungle adventure from the Tiger Handbook, and complete four of the outdoor activities listed below.

Wolf - Complete the Paws on the Path adventure from the Wolf Handbook, and complete five of the outdoor activities listed below.

Bear - Complete the Bear Necessities adventure from the Bear Handbook, and complete six of the outdoor activities listed below.

Webelos - Complete the Webelos Walkabout adventure from the Webelos Handbook, and complete seven of the outdoor activities listed below.

These activities must be in addition to any similar activities counted for rank advancement, and can be accomplished as a family, den, or pack.

  • Participate in a nature hike in your local area. This can be on an organized, marked trail or just a hike to observe nature in your area.

  • Participate in an outdoor activity such as a picnic or park fun day.

  • Explain the buddy system and tell what to do if lost. Explain the importance of cooperation.

  • Attend a pack overnighter. Be responsible by being prepared for the event.

  • Complete an outdoor service project in your community.

  • Complete a nature/conservation project in your area. This project should involve improving, beautifying, or supporting natural habitats. Discuss how this project helped you to respect nature.

  • Earn the Summertime Pack Award.

  • Participate in a nature observation activity. Describe or illustrate and display your observations at a den or pack meeting.

  • Participate in an outdoor aquatics activity. This can be an organized swim meet or just a den, pack, or family swim.

  • Participate in an outdoor campfire program. Perform in a skit, sing a song, or take part in a ceremony.

  • Participate in an outdoor sporting event.

  • Participate in an outdoor interfaith or other worship service.

  • Explore a local city, county, state, or national park. Discuss with your den how a good citizen obeys the park rules.

  • Invent an outside game and play it outside with friends for 30 minutes.

World Conservation Award

Can be earned by Wolf, Bear or Webelos, but not Tigers.

The World Conservation Award provides an opportunity for individual Wolf Cub Scouts, Bear Cub Scouts, Webelos Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Sea Scouts, and Venturers to "think globally" and "act locally" to preserve and improve our environment. This program is designed to make youth members aware that all nations are closely related through natural resources, and that we and our world environment are interdependent.

Requirements for this award must be completed in addition to any similar requirements completed for rank.

Wolf Scouts

World Conservation Award

Emergency Preparedness Award

From its beginning, the Scouting movement has taught young people to do their best, to do their duty to God and country, to help others, and to prepare themselves physically, mentally, and morally to meet these goals. The basic aims of Scouting include teaching young people to take care of themselves, to be helpful to others, and to develop courage, self-reliance, and the ability to be ready to serve in an emergency.

The Emergency Preparedness BSA Award, first introduced in 2003 and updated in 2014, was designed with the aims mentioned above in mind. The award has been earned by tens of thousands of Scouts and Scouters individually, with their unit, or at a large event such as a jamboree. By developing these lifelong skills, Scouts have been instrumental in helping their communities recover from emergencies.

When an emergency does occur, it can affect every BSA youth and adult member in the immediate area. Earning the award teaches participants to respond first, as an individual; second, as a member of a family; and third, as a member of a Scouting unit serving their neighborhood and community. This award will allow all Scouts and Scouters to become informed, be prepared, and act promptly and appropriately in the event of emergencies, whether they are natural or man-made.

Scouts and adult leaders can earn the individual Emergency Preparedness Award. Meanwhile, units, districts, and councils can work toward earning the bronze, silver, or gold achievement level. The awards are available at local Scout shops once specific requirements for each rank or achievement level have been met.

When a member has fulfilled the requirements, a completed application is submitted to the council. Upon approval, an Emergency Preparedness pin is awarded. The pin may be worn on civilian clothing or on the uniform, centered on the left pocket flap. The award may be earned more than once; for instance, as a young person advances through the ranks and is capable of more complex preparedness activities, but only one pin may be worn.

All emergency activities carried out by Scouting units must be appropriate for the ages and abilities of the young people involved. Units should participate only under the supervision of their own leaders, and plans for unit help must be coordinated with community agencies responsible for disaster preparedness.

Tiger Cub Scout Requirements

  • Cover a family fire plan and drill, and what to do if separated from the family.

  • Discuss a family emergency plan with the family.

  • Create, plan, and practice summoning help during an emergency.

  • Take a nationally recognized first-aid course geared toward children such as American Red Cross First Aid for Children Today (FACT).

  • Join a safe kids program such as McGruff Child Identification, Internet Safety, or Safety at Home.

  • Show and tell your family household what you have learned about preparing for emergencies.

Wolf Cub Scout Requirements

  • Create a checklist to keep your home safe.

  • Discuss a family emergency plan with the family.

  • Create, plan, and practice summoning help during an emergency.

  • Learn emergency skills and care for choking, wounds, nosebleeds, falls, and animal bites. The emergency skills should include responses for fire safety, poisoning, water accidents, substance abuse, and more.

  • Join a safe kids program such as the McGruff Child Identification program. Put on a training program for your family or den on stranger awareness, Internet safety, or safety at home.

  • Make a presentation to your family on what you have learned about preparing for emergencies.

Bear Cub Scout Requirements

  • Create, plan, and practice summoning help during an emergency.

  • Learn how to shut off utilities to your home in an emergency.

  • Learn simple rescue techniques.

  • Learn emergency skills and care for choking, wounds, nosebleeds, falls, and animal bites. The emergency skills should include responses for fire safety, poisoning, water accidents, substance abuse, and more.

  • Put together a family emergency kit for use in the home.

  • Organize a safe kids program such as the McGruff Child Identification program. Put on a training program for your family or den on stranger awareness, Internet safety, or safety at home.

  • Make a small display or give a presentation for your family or den on what you have learned about preparing for emergencies.

Webelos Scout Requirements

  • Learn rescue techniques.

  • Build a family emergency kit, with an adult family member participating in the project.

  • Take a first-aid course.

  • Learn to survive extreme weather situations.

  • Learn about stranger awareness, Internet safety, or safety at home.

  • Give a presentation to your den on preparing for emergencies.

Nova Awards

EPA

You may earn the World Conservation Award by doing the following:

Bear Scouts

You may earn the World Conservation Award by doing the following:

Webelos Scouts (Including Boys Earning the Arrow of Light Rank)

You may earn the World Conservation Award by doing the following:

Cub Scout Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award

Cub Scouts and their leaders interested in learning more about outdoor ethics and Leave No Trace should begin by exploring the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award.

Requirements:

Outdoor Ethics

There are four Nova awards for Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Cub Scouts, four for Boy Scouts, and four for Venturers and Sea Scouts. Each award at each program level covers one component of STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics. There are also Super NOVA awards available, 1 for Wolf to Bear Cub Scouts, 1 for Webelos Cub Scouts, 1 for Boy Scouts, and 1 for Sea Scouts and Venturers.

  • Cub Scout and Webelos Scout Nova awards:

    • Science Everywhere,

    • Tech Talk,

    • Swing!, and

    • 1-2-3 Go!

The requirements for this award are too extensive to list. Please see STEM/Nova Requirements on the Scouting.org website.

For their first Nova award, Scouts earn the distinctive Nova award patch shown above. After that, a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturer, or Sea Scout can earn three more Nova awards, each one recognized with a separate pi (π) pin-on device, shown to the left, that attaches to the patch . The patch and the three devices represent each of the four STEM topics - science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

STEMNova Award
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  • Describe what the Outdoor Code means to you.

  • Complete the Leave No Trace online course and print the certificate.

  • Complete the Tread Lightly! TL! Kids Outdoor Quiz and print the certificate. Click on the "Outdoor Quiz" arrow.

  • Participate in an outdoor ethics activity facilitated by a person who has completed the BSA outdoor ethics orientation course or is a BSA outdoor ethics trainer or master.Cub Scouts earn this award by working with their families to complete these activities.

Cub Scout Shooting Sports

Note: Requirement No. 4 for the Cub Scout Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award says to "participate in an outdoor ethics activity facilitated by a person who has completed the BSA outdoor ethics orientation course or is a BSA outdoor ethics trainer or master." The person who can facilitate the outdoor ethics activity in Cub Scout Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award requirement No. 4 is any person who is any of the following: a Leave No Trace Master Educator or Trainer, a Tread Lightly! Master Tread Trainer or Tread Trainer, a person who has completed either the BSA outdoor ethics orientation course (in beta testing) or the BSA Leave No Trace 101 course, or any person who has earned the BSA Leave No Trace Awareness Card. It's also allowable for any individual designated by a council outdoor ethics advocate or, in the absence of an advocate, the Scout executive or his or her designee, to facilitate the "outdoor ethics activity."

Contact Kristian Hayes or Edgar Betancourt for details.

Recruiter Strip

Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts may be awarded, and wear, below the right pocket on their uniforms, the Recruiter Strip shown above

There are NO formal requirements for these strips Each Unit establishes the procedure for awarding the strip. Usually, a Recruiter Strip is awarded to a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Sea Scout, or Venturer the first time he is successful in getting a friend, relative, classmate, or other acquaintance to join his unit.

Only ONE strip is awarded to a boy while he is a Cub Scout, and another may be awarded while he is a Boy Scout, Venturer, and/or Sea Scout.

Interpreter Strips

Youth and Adult members (Cub and Webelos Scouts, Boy and Varsity Scouts, Venturers, and Sea Scouts, plus Scouters in all programs) may wear this strip if they show their knowledge of a foreign language or the sign language for the hearing impaired by:

  1. Carrying on a 5-minute conversation in this language.

  2. Translating a 2-minute speech or address.

  3. Writing a letter in the language (Does not apply for sign language)

  4. Translating 200 words or more from the written word.

Tiger Patch

Wolf Patch

Bear Patch

Webelos Patch

Recruiter Strip

Archery Pin

BB Gun Pin

Slingshot Pin

Interpreter Strips

Cub Scouts earn the shooting sports awards in the following order:

  1. Rank-level patch. Choose a discipline: BB gun, archery, or slingshot. Complete the Level 1 requirements for that discipline.

  2. Discipline device (pin). Complete the Level 2 requirements for the same discipline in which the patch was earned.

  3. Additional discipline devices. Earn pins for the remaining disciplines by completing the Level 1 and Level 2 requirements in those disciplines. (NOTE: Both Level 1 and Level 2 requirements must be completed for each successive discipline.)

Honor Awards

Medal of Merit
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Medal of Merit - The Medal of Merit may be awarded to a youth member or adult leader who has performed some outstanding act of service of a rare or exceptional character that reflects an uncommon degree of concern for the well-being of others.

Heroism Award - The Heroism Award may be awarded to a youth member or adult leader who has demonstrated heroism and skill in saving or attempting to save life at minimum risk to self.

Heroism Award

This rating strip recognizes the member’s availability as an amateur radio operator for communication services for events and activities as well as emergencies.All registered youth members and adult leaders who also hold a valid amateur radio license, of any class, issued by the Federal Communications Commission are eligible to wear the rating strip. See John Ezell (KG5KHN) for more information about how to become an Amateur Radio Operator

Unit Awards

Hornaday Unit Award

The Hornaday Unit Award may be earned by a Cub Scouting Pack, Boy Scouting Troop, Varsity Scouting Team, Sea Scouting Ship, Venturing Crew, Sea Scout Ship, and Explorer Posts that plan and carry out at least one conservation project. This award may be earned by all registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Cub Scouts.

The Hornaday Unit Award

Honor Medal - The Honor Medal may be awarded to a youth member or adult leader who has demonstrated unusual heroism and skill in saving or attempting to save life at considerable risk to self.

James E. West Fellowship Award - Scout or Scouter. For a donation of $1,000 or more to a council endowment. This award may be presented to a registered Tiger,Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts.

Honor Award
James E. West Fellowship Award