World Conservation Award (Boy Scouting)
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World Conservation Award
Boy Scout World Conservation Award requirements
You can earn this award as a Boy Scout by earning the following merit badges:
- Environmental Science merit badge.
- Either Soil and Water Conservation OR Fish and Wildlife Management merit badge.
- Citizenship in the World merit badge.
Source: 2007 Boy Scout Requirements (33215)
1. The World Conservation Award is worn on the uniform shirt, centered on the right pocket as a temporary patch. It can also be worn on the back of a merit badge sash. It does not replace the World Crest on the uniform.
2. There are three varieties of this patch which distinguish it as an award for a Scout who has completed the requirements outlined for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, or Venture Scouts. Requirements vary in increasing difficulty in correlation with its branch of Scouting, as well as implementing elements of natural rank advancement.
3. While each badge is similar in appearance, each has a subtle characterizing differentiation. Each features the Panda in front of the Scout emblem, however the color scheme of the patch correlates with the branch of scouting it was awarded under. The Cub Scout version of the patch is yellow on purple, the Boy Scout version is standard BSA khaki (as seen above,) and the Venture Scout version is yellow on green.
4. Unlike the Cub Scout version of the patch, no conservation effort is outlined in the requirements for the Boy Scout version. The reason the volunteer aspect has been dropped in the jump from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts is odd, as community service oriented projects of maintenance and restoration are common to many requirements for Special Opportunity awards, as well as to Scouting in general. This alteration of approach may be in light of the fact that specific badge requirements encourage the Scout to conduct or participate in a project of their own while working on the badge, and they may very well have already been involved in some type of project while working on the badge. These service-based requirements however, are purely optional, as there are multiple alternatives. It is unclear whether this is in fact a loop hole, or intended by the awards' founders. See Fish and Wildlife Management requirement 5c and Soil and Water Conservation requirement 7f.