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===Additional Recognition for Varsity Scout leaders===
===Additional Recognition for Varsity Scout leaders===

Revision as of 12:20, July 25, 2008

For youth rank advancement recognition, see Ranks.
For youth advancement information on all Scouting programs, see Advancement.

Contents

Youth awards

Youth members from the Scouting program phases may earn various awards.

Advancement awards are earned by completing requirements along a set advancement trail that may include other ranks or awards. Examples of advancement awards include the Arrow of Light Award and the Venturing Gold Award.

Special opportunity awards are the other awards not part of a program advancement trail that recognizes the youth member for achievements in a field of interest, service, activity or other accomplishment. Examples of special opportunities awards include the William T. Hornaday Award, BSA Lifeguard, or a religious emblem.

Cub Scouting advancement awards

Cub Scouting awards and special opportunities

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

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

The Amateur Radio Operator Rating Strip can be earned by any registered Scout (youth or adult) who has a valid amateur radio license, of any class, issued by the FCC. The FCC has no minimum age requirement for the Technician license, presuming that a boy can pass the FCC test.
The Belt Loops & Pins program is formally known as the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program. This program allows a Cub Scout to explore any of 40 different areas. All registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts can earn Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Belt Loops and Pins more than once. Belt Loops & Pins tie directly to these requirements: Tiger / Electives, Wolf / Electives, Bear / Electives, and Webelos Activity Pins.
The Outdoor Activity Award may be earned by all registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts. Boys may earn the award in each of the program years as long as the requirements are completed each year.
The Conservation Good Turn Award is an opportunity for Scout units to join with conservation or environmental organizations (federal, state, local, or private) to carry out a conservation Good Turn in their home communities. Working together in the local community, the unit and the agency plan the details and establish the date, time and location for carrying out the project. It may be earned by all registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts.
The Donor Awareness Patch is worn on the right pocket of the uniform as a temporary emblem. BSA has reduced their emphasis on this program, but has not discontinued it completely. This award may be earned by all registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts.
The Emergency Preparedness Award has different requirements for Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, Boy Scouts, Venturers, and adults tailored for the abilities of each.
Interpreter Strip. Boys and adults may wear this strip if they show their knowledge of a foreign language or the sign language for the hearing impaired. This award may be earned by all registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts.
The National Summertime Award encourage packs to provide a year-round program by continuing to meet during the time periods when school is out of session for several weeks or months. Cub Scouts earn this pin by participating in three summertime pack events (one each in June, July, and August). This award may be earned by all registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts.
The BSA's STEM/NOVA Awards program is designed to introduce and encourage further study of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) by Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers. A Scout may earn all four Nova awards. The Supernova awards are designed to inspire further study. It is recommended that you complete at least two Nova awards before starting the requirements for the Supernova award. This award may be earned by all registered Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts.
The Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award is designed to introduce Scouts and create an awareness of Outdoor Ethics. It may be earned by all registered Scouts.
The Pro Archer Certificate recognizes Cub Scouts for skill and knowledge in archery. This award may be earned by all registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts.
The Pro Marksman certificate recognizes Cub Scouts for skill and knowledge in BB-Gun shooting. This award may be earned by all registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts.
The Recruiter Strip is awarded to Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and is worn below the right pocket on the uniform. This award may be earned by all registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts.
Religious Emblems, cloth, silver knot on purple, No. 05007, may be worn by youth or adult members who earned the knot as a youth member, above left pocket. Each faith has its own requirements for earning its emblem. A knot device may be used to indicate during which level of Scouting the award was earned. This award may be earned by all registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts.
The Hornaday Unit Award may be earned by a Cub Scouting pack, Boy Scouting troop, Varsity Scouting team, Venturing crew or Sea Scout ship that plans and carries out at least one conservation project. This award may be earned by all registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts.
TheWorld Conservation Award can be earned only once while you are in Cub Scouting (i.e. as either a Wolf, Bear, or Webelos Scout; but not by Tiger Cubs).

Honor Awards

Medal of Merit, cloth, gold and blue on tan, blue to right, No. 05025. 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, cloth, red on white twill, No. 05020. 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.
Honor Medal, cloth, red knot on tan, No. 05010. 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, cloth, green and gold knot on tan, No. 05026, 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.


Boy Scouting advancement awards

  • Scout badge - Boy Scouting joining requirements
  • Eagle Scout Award - The highest award in Boy Scouting; both an advancement award and a rank.
  • Eagle Palms - Recognition for further service, growth and tenure in Scouting.

Boy Scouting special opportunities awards

Venture Patrol
Honor Awards

Varsity Scouts and qualified Venturers may earn Boy Scout awards.
List of all Scouting Awards
Scouter Awards for leaders


See also

Boy Scouting Venture patrol

Available to youth Boy Scouts in troops with an active Venture patrol.

Varsity Scouting advancement awards

The basis of Varsity Scouts advancement is the Boy Scout Eagle trail.

Varsity Scouting special opportunities awards

Varsity Scouts may earn all Boy Scout special opportunities awards.

Venturing advancement awards

The basic advancement system

Expert-level awards

Male Venturers who have achieved First Class as a Boy Scout or a Varsity Scout may earn all Boy Scout awards until 18 years old.

Venturing special opportunities awards

Sea Scouting advancement awards

  • Quartermaster Award - The highest award in Sea Scouting; both an advancement award and a rank.

Male Sea Scouts who have achieved First Class as a Boy Scout or a Varsity Scout may earn all Boy Scout awards until 18 years old.

Sea Scouting special opportunities awards

Adult leader awards

Recognition for Cub Scout leaders

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. (Medallions for most awards were discontinued in 2001.)

Series awards

These awards are part of a series used in several of the BSA programs.

Scouter's Training Award

Scouter's Training Award

Scouter's TrainingAward Knot
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Level:Adult Scouter

The Scouter's Training Award is a set of recognitions for leaders who meet who complete tenure, training and performance requirements in one (or more) of the following positions:

Scouter's Key

Main article: Scouter's Key
Scouter's Key

Scouter's Key Knot
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Level:Adult Scouter

The Scouter's Key is a set of recognitions for primary leaders who meet who complete advanced tenure, training and performance requirements in one (or more) of the following positions:

  • Cub Scout Cubmaster
  • Boy Scout Scoutmaster
  • Varsity Scout Coach
  • Venturing Advisor
  • Sea Scout Skipper
  • Roundtable commissioner
  • District commissioner
  • Assistant district commissioner
  • Unit commissioners
  • Council commissioners
  • Assistant council commissioner
  • District committee chairman
  • District committee member

Award of Merit

Main article: Award of Merit
Also see the Venturing Advisor Award of Merit and District Award of Merit
Scoutmaster Award of Merit
Scoutmaster Award of Merit

Background

Shortly after the National Eagle Scout Association was established in 1972, it began to make available a NESA Scoutmaster Award. The award was presented to one Scoutmaster per BSA area each year. These Scoutmasters' records demonstrated proper use of Boy Scout advancement, and a significant number of their Boy Scouts attained the Eagle Scout rank. This award was discontinued on December 31, 1987.

The president of the Boy Scouts of America requested that NESA convert its award into a Scoutmaster Award of Merit that could be earned by all Scoutmasters. His rationale was that there is a need for recognizing Scoutmasters relatively early in their work in that position, before they qualify for the Scouter's Key.

Requirements

The nominee need not be an Eagle Scout but must:

1. Be a currently registered Scoutmaster who has served in that position for at least 18 months.
2. Have achieved the Quality Unit Award at least once during the period of service.
3. Have completed Boy Scout Leader Fast Start Orientation, New Leader Essentials, Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.
4. Have a record of proper use of the Boy Scout advancement program, resulting in a majority of Boy Scouts in the troop attaining the First Class rank.
5. Have a record of
  • Development of youth leadership through the patrol method
  • Positive relations with the troop's chartered organization
  • An extensive outdoor program including strong summer camp attendance
  • A positive image of Scouting in the community
  • A troop operation that attracts and retains Boy Scouts

Procedure

The chair of the troop committee has the responsibility of nominating the Scoutmaster on behalf of the patrol leaders' council and the troop committee. (Click here to download the nomination form.)

The nomination is certified by the unit commissioner and forwarded to the local council service center.

The nomination should be approved by the Scout executive and either the council NESA chair or the council commissioner.

The Scout executive will forward the nomination to the director of the National Eagle Scout Association at the national office.

Award

A full-color certificate will be provided by NESA free of charge. A cost of $1.50 per certificate will be charged for a certificate with the recipient's name laser-printed. Payment should accompany the order.

The National Eagle Scout Association will send the certificates to the Scout executive via pouch mail. Please allow two to four weeks for turnaround time.

A full-color, 6-inch jacket patch, No. 00147, is available through the Supply Division.

A square knot (white on tan) for the uniform, No. 05001, is available through the Supply Division.

Presentations

The award may be presented at an appropriate chartered organization or unit function with acknowledgment at a district or council event or at a district or council recognition event.

Note: Nominees may earn the Scoutmaster Award of Merit one time only.

See also

Adult Religious Awards

See: Religious Emblems
Adult Religious Awards
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Additional Recognition for Varsity Scout leaders

Adult Varsity leaders may earn the Varsity Letter and Varsity Scout 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.

Additional Recognition for Commissioners

In addition to the Series awards mentioned above, commissioners can also earn the:

Leadership and training awards

Distinguished service awards

Service awards for adults

  • District Award of Merit: A recognition for Scouters who give noteworthy service to youth at the district level.
  • International Scouter Award
  • |William T. Hornaday Awards for Adult Scouters - Presented for distinguished service in conservation.
  • Community Organization Awards
    • Boy Scout Volunteer Award, NSSAR
    • Cliff Dochterman Award, Rotary
    • Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award
    • George Meany Award (is also part of this category, but retains the use of its original square knot)
    • Herbert G. Horton Alpha Phi Omega] Service to Youth Award
    • Marvin M. Lewis Award, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
    • Raymond A. Finley , Jr. Sea Scout Service Award, United States Power Squadrons
    • Ruritan Scout Leader Community Service Award, Ruritan National Service Club
    • Scouter's Achievement Award, Veterans of Foreign Wars
    • Scouting Square Knot Award, American Legion
    • United States Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, United States Department of Defense

National service awards

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.

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.

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.

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.

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