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Youth awards

Cub Scout awards

Boy Scout awards

Venture Patrol
Honor Awards
Unit Awards

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

See also

Boy Scout Venture patrol and Varsity Scout awards

  • Denali Award Available to youth Varsity Scout team members.

Venturer awards

The basic advancement system

Venturing Bronze Award

Venturing Gold Award

Venturing Silver Award

Expert-level awards

Quest Award


Ranger Award

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 Knot
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

Scouter's Key Knot
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
Awards is discontinued. It has been replaced by Unit Leader Award of Merit. (See Discontinued awards.)


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.


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


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.


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.


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

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 Award: 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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