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
- Arrow of Light Award - The highest award in Cub Scouting.
Cub Scouting special opportunities awards
Boy Scouting advancement awards
Boy Scouting special opportunities awards
- Amateur Radio Operator Rating Strip
- Boardsailing BSA
- BSA Lifeguard
- Den Chief Service Award
- Donor Awareness Patch
- Emergency Preparedness Award
- Firem'n Chit
- Hometown U.S.A. Award
- Historic Trails Award
- International Activity Badge
- Interpreter Strip
- Kayaking BSA
- Leave No Trace Award
- Mile Swim BSA
- National Honor Patrol Award
- National Medal for Outdoor Achievement
- National Outdoor Badges
- NOVA Awards
- Paul Bunyan Woodsman
- Physical Fitness Award
- Recruiter Strip
- Religious Emblems
- Scuba BSA
- Snorkeling BSA
- Totin' Chip
- William Hornaday Conservation awards
- World Conservation Award
- Venture Patrol
- Honor Awards
Varsity Scouts and qualified Venturers may earn Boy Scout awards.
List of all Scouting Awards
Scouter Awards for leaders
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
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.
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.
Venturing and Sea Scouting special opportunities awards
- Venturing Shooting Sports Outstanding Achievement Award
- Venturing World Conservation Award
- William T. Hornaday Award (for Venturers)
- Venturing Leadership 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.
- Cubmaster Award
- Cub Scout Den Leader Award
- Tiger Cub Den Leader Award
- Webelos Den Leader Award
- Pack Trainer Award
- Cub Scouter Award
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.)
These awards are part of a series used in several of the BSA programs.
|Scouter's Training Award|
Scouter's TrainingAward Knot
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:
- Cub Scout: Cubmaster, Assistant Cubmaster, Pack Committee Chair and Pack Committee Members including Pack Trainer.
- Boy Scouts: Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop Committee Chair and Troop Committee members
- Varsity Scouts: Coach, Assistant Coach, Team Committee Chairman, Team Committee member
- Venturing: Advisor, Associate Advisors, Crew Committee Chairman and Crew Committee members
- Sea Scouts: Skipper, mates, ship committee chairman and ship committee members
- Roundtable Staff: Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout and Venturing roundtable staff
Scouter's Key Knot
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.
- Nomination form
- Scoutmaster Award of Merit
- Venturing Advisor Award of Merit
- District Award of Merit
- Scouter Awards
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
- Silver Beaver Award
- Silver Antelope Award
- Silver Buffalo Award
- Silver World Award
- Distinguished Eagle Scout Award
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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