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Non-Rank Recognitions and Awards

                           
Prepared August 1998 by Longhorn Council Advancement Committee
Click here or scroll down for a list of non-advancement awards and information.

What does that patch represent?" "What did you do to get it?" "Where does this patch go on my uniform?" Among Scouters, even veteran ones, these questions are frequently asked about patches or awards, which can be earned in, or are recognized by, the Scouting program. Scout leaders learn quickly from training that rank advancement, is the heart of the Boy Scout program. All activities planned by a unit should help its members advance in rank, and each Scout should strive toward successive replacements of his rank badge until he can wear the Eagle badge. In addition to the standard patches for rank and merit badges are those recognizing non-advancement awards and opportunities, which embellish the Scout program by allowing for a wide variety of meaningful unit activities. Some of these awards are available to all in Scouting, others are limited to youth or to adults, depending on the nature of the award and its requirements. Often unit leaders are uncertain about which of these non-advancement awards are available, let alone the requirements for each, since there is no common information source about them.

This manual provides information on all current insignia recognized nationally and/or by the Longhorn Council, their requirements, and their proper placement on the Scout uniform or elsewhere.

Insignia                                                                                                    
Guidelines on wearing recognition Insignia: on the Boy Scout uniform:
  • Only Boy Scout approved awards or insignia should be worn. A badge is officially approved by the Boy Scouts of America by the presence on it of one of these three items: the name Boy Scouts of America, the initials BSA, or the BSA fleur-de-lis.
  • The uniform should not be cluttered with excess insignia of past rank or activities. Only one temporary patch should be worn at a time. Outdated temporary insignia, rank badges, or recognition's may be displayed on a patch vest, patch blanket, or similar medium.
  • A maximum of five (5) medals may be worn at one time on the uniform.
  • Embroidered square knots may be worn in place of some medals and other awards. Square knots are worn in horizontal rows above the left shirt pocket, with a maximum of three (3) per row. There is no official ruling on how many square knots may be worn, but custom has set a limit of six (6).
  • Most of these Insignia: are shown in the Boy Scout Insignia Control Guide (publication No. ___
                           
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Information about the following non-advancement awards/recognitions is included herein.:                                                                                                                                                    



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Additional Information:

  • Occasionally new opportunities and awards become available; and sometimes older ones are overlooked. Unit leaders are encouraged to look for other opportunities (oftentimes available outside of the local council), which can be very helpful in promoting a unit's program.
  • Be aware that periodically changes or additions are made in the numbering system for Boy Scout forms and information sheets, so such numbers given may have been superseded.
  • Several items which are out-of-date may be included in this manual for the Purpose: of reducing confusion or answering questions as to their availability or lack thereof.

Non-advancement recognitions/awards are grouped in the following categories:

  • Participation
  • Service
  • Program
  • Training
  • Religious
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PARTICIPATION RECOGNITIONS - YOUTH

Name: Attendance Pin

  • Purpose: To promote regular attendance at unit activities
  • Requirements: May vary with units, but generally means no unit event has been missed for a year
  • Insignia: Attendance pin, with bar segments added for each additional year
  • Worn: Just above left pocket flap seam
  • Resource: Scoutmaster Handbook
  • Need form? No
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PARTICIPATION RECOGNITIONS - YOUTH AND ADULTS

Name: Service star

  • Purpose: To recognize tenure in Scouting
  • Requirements: Complete 1 or more years of registration in some capacity
  • Insignia: Service star(s) - may have numerals designating years of service
  • Worn: 3/8" above left pocket, may be raised as needed to allow room for other decorations; wear with plastic background color which indicates when earned: gold=Cubs; green=Boy Scouts; red=Exploring; blue=Scouter. No combination of more than 10 stars is allowed. Adults may use blue background for total service.
  • Resource: Scoutmaster Handbook
  • Need form? No

Name: Veteran Unit Insignia: (25, 50, 75 years)

  • Purpose: To recognize members of units with long continuous registration
  • Requirement Unit must have been registered continuously for at least 25 years
  • Insignia: Cloth strip with number 25, 50, or 75
  • Worn: Permanent patch worn between council patch and unit number on left sleeve
  • Resource: Scoutmaster Handbook
  • Need form? No

Name: World Crest

  • Purpose: To recognize membership in the world brotherhood of Scouting
  • Requirement: Participate in Boy Scouts
  • Insignia: Patch
  • Worn: Centered above left pocket, 3" below shoulder seam; permanent patch
  • Resource: Scoutmaster Handbook
  • Need form? No

Name: Badge of office

  • Purpose: To recognize the office currently held by a member
  • Requirement: Currently serve in office designated by patch; includes leadership positions (youth and adult) in units and adult leadership positions at District, Council, or National level
  • Insignia: Patch designating specific office
  • Worn: On left sleeve below unit number
  • Resource: Scoutmaster Handbook
  • Need form? No, although some Scoutmasters submit advancement reports indicating when members are elected or appointed to office

Name: International Activity Patch

  • Purpose: To identify Scouts/Scouters who have participated in an international Scouting event with recognition from BSA National office
  • Requirement:  Request an International Letter of Introduction from National office when planning to participate in an international scouting event
  • Insignia: Patch, ordered through Council (international caps, neckerchief slide, windbreaker are ordered from National)
  • Worn: Temporary patch on right pocket
  • Resource: Flyer on International Activity
  • Need form? Yes, Form #22-128
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PARTICIPATION RECOGNITIONS - ADULTS

Name: Veteran's pin

  • Purpose: To recognize a Scouter's years of service
  • Requirement:  Submit (to District) Veteran Application upon completion of 5 years of tenure in Scouting (counting time in BSA as a youth); additional Veteran Applications should be submitted after each additional 5 years registration in Scouting
  • Insignia: Pin or tie tac
  • Worn: Civilian wear only; not to be worn on Class A uniform; tie tac may be worn on formal uniform (i.e., blazer and tie)
  • Resource: Scoutmaster Handbook
  • Need form? Yes, Form # 28-701C
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PARTICIPATION RECOGNITIONS - UNITS

Name: Unit Charter

  • Purpose: To designate that a Scouting unit is chartered by National BSA for one year
  • Requirement: Complete rechartering procedure annually by charter renewal date
  • Insignia: Charter certificate
  • Displayed May be framed and displayed where unit meets
  • Resource: Annual recharter packet, supplied by local District
  • Need form? Yes; Recharter forms need to be completed
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SERVICE RECOGNITIONS - YOUTH

Name: Den Chief Service Award

  • Purpose: To recognize Scouts who have shown outstanding service acting as den chief
  • Requirements:
    1. Serve the pack for 1 year
    2. Attend den chief training
    3. Know the purposes of Cub Scouting and help Cub Scouts achieve them
    4. Be the activities assistant in den meetings
    5. Set a good example in attitude and uniform
    6. Be a friend to boys in the den
    7. Take a part in weekly den meetings
    8. Assist the den at monthly pack program
    9. Complete 4 projects: see Boy Scout Requirements: book
  • Insignia: Special shoulder cord
  • Worn: On left shoulder, under epaulet and arm; can be worn with den chief cords or alone when no longer serving as den chief
  • Resource: Den Chief Handbook and Scoutmaster Handbook
  • Need form? Yes, see Den Chief Handbook

Name: Den Chief Award, Webelos Den Chief Award

  • Purpose: To designate a Scout serving as den chief or Webelos den chief
  • Requirements:
    1. Review the responsibilities of being a den chief
    2. Complete the necessary application form and have it approved
  • Insignia: Shoulder cord for den chief, Webelos den chief
  • Worn: On left shoulder, under epaulet and arm
  • Resource: Den Chief Handbook
  • Need form? Yes, #4211

Name: Lifesaving or Meritorious Award

(Various levels of this award, depending on the significance of the deed, include Council Certificate of Merit, Medal of Merit, Honor Medal, and Honor Medal with Crossed Palms.)

  • Purpose: To recognize Scouts who have performed an outstanding act of service of exceptional character while using Scouting skills and ideals
  • Requirements: Usually such an act would include a rescue, providing first aid, securing assistance, etc., for someone in need. An application describing the action must be submitted to the Council Advancement Committee within six (6) months from the date of the deed. The application requires an appropriate summary, signed statements, and photographs to assist the Committee in judging its significance. All applications considered to be above the Council Certificate of Merit level are referred to the National Court of Honor for final determination.
  • Insignia: Medal, square knot
  • Worn: Medal, worn only on formal occasions, pinned 3/8" above left pocket (or above knot); knot worn just above left pocket
  • Resource: Recommendation for Lifesaving or Meritorious Award application
  • Need form? Yes, #30-732

Name: Congressional Award (a Scouting-related, but non-Scouting, award)

  • Purpose: To recognize youth and young adults (through age 23) who have accomplished high goals in voluntary public service and personal development activities
  • Requirements: Vary with age, but all require service in voluntary public service/personal development/physical fitness or expeditions. Work can be done at same time as other Scout work. Numbers below show hours of service required and maximum time period between start of service being noted and recommendation.
  • Bronze medal (age 14-16) 100/50/50 within 1 year
  • Silver medal (age 17-19) 200/100/100 within 2 years
  • Gold medal (age 20-23) 400/200/200 within 3 years
  • Application must be made and recommended by Congressional Award Council from Scout's US Congressional District
  • Insignia: Medal (bronze, silver, or gold) presented by a member of Congress
  • Worn: As instructed
  • Resource: The Congressional Award packet, obtained from Congressional Award Office, 701 N. Fairfax St., Suite 300, Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Need form? Yes, see resource

Name: Youth Leadership in America Award for Senior Patrol Leaders

  • Purpose: To recognize youth leaders for their achievement
  • Insignia: Medal
  • Worn: Above left pocket
  • (Note: This award is no longer available.)
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SERVICE RECOGNITIONS - YOUTH AND ADULTS

Name: Order of the Arrow (OA)

  • Purpose: To recognize honor campers who have provided, and will continue to provide, service to Scouting
  • Requirements:
    1. Have completed 15 days and nights of camping (including one long term camp) under the auspices and standards of BSA within 2 years of election
    2. If elected as youth, must have attained First Class rank
    3. For a youth, must have approval of Scoutmaster attesting to his Scouting spirit, his adherence to Scout Oath and Law, and participation in troop activities
  • One troop election per year will be held under the direction of the OA Lodge. All Scouts in troop are allowed to vote. Only half of the Scouts eligible may be selected. Only those receiving votes from at least half of those voting are selected. Each troop committee is allowed to select one (1) adult per year for membership. This adult must satisfy all youth Requirements: except that of rank.
  • Insignia: Patch, sash, universal pin
  • Worn: Patch is worn on right pocket flap; universal pin may be worn suspended from right pocket button; sash is worn across chest over right shoulder
  • Resource: Order of the Arrow Handbook
  • Need form? Provided by OA

Name: National Eagle Scout Association (NESA)

  • Purpose: To recognize the fellowship of those who have earned Eagle rank
  • Requirements: Have earned Eagle rank as youth; make application to join; see council
  • Insignia: Lapel pin, various other items with Insignia: are available
  • Worn: On civilian clothes only
  • Resource: Application
  • Need form? Yes, #58-404

Name: Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service Award

  • Purpose: To recognize OA members who have given outstanding service to the Order on a sectional, area, regional, or national basis
  • Requirements: Individual must be nominated for the award, which is awarded by Region. Consideration is given to those whose service records are the most outstanding and extend the farthest beyond the local lodge level.
  • Insignia: Square knot, certificate
  • Worn: Knot worn above left pocket; certificate displayed appropriately
  • Resource: Application
  • Need form? Yes, #24-201

Name: Founder's Award (Order of the Arrow)

  • Purpose: To recognize OA members who show in their everyday life the spirit of achievement described by the order's founder
  • Requirements: Individual (either a Brotherhood or Vigil honor member) must be nominated by the OA lodge (the award cannot be directly applied for). The award is approved by Council. If a lodge requests that 2 awards be authorized to it for a single year, one of them must be presented to a member under the age of 21.
  • Insignia: Certificate, plaque
  • Displayed Framed and displayed appropriately
  • Resource: Application
  • Need form? Yes, #24-137
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SERVICE RECOGNITIONS - ADULTS

Name: Unit Leader Award of Merit (replaces Scoutmaster, Varsity Team Coach, and Venturing Crew Advisor Award of Merit programs and may be earned by Cubmasters as well)

  • Purpose: To recognize Unit Leaders who provide a quality experience for Scouts.
  • Requirements:
    1. Be a currently registered Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Coach or Advisor with at least 18 continuous months service in that position

    2. Meet the training requirements for the registered position

    3. Distribute a printed or electronic annual unit program plan and calendar to each family in the unit
    4. Have a leader succession plan in place
    5. Effectively use the advancement method so that at least 60% of the unit's youth have advanced at least once in the last 12 months
  • Cultivate a positive relationship with the chartered organization
  • Project a positive image of Scouting in the community
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Name: (District) Award of Merit

  • Purpose: To recognize Scouters who have rendered outstanding service to Scouting at the District level
  • Requirements:
    1. Be a registered Scouter
    2. Have rendered significant service to youth in Scouting, outside of Scouting, or both
    3. Be recommended for the award; nominations are not made public. The award must be approved by the District Award of Merit committee and by Council. A District may present 1 award per each 25 units or fraction thereof. Awardees are announced publicly at the annual district banquet.
  • Insignia: Square knot; certificate for display
  • Worn: Just above left shirt pocket
  • Resource: Application
  • Need form? Yes, #3720

Name: Silver Beaver Award

  • Purpose: To recognize Scouters who have rendered highly significant service to Scouting at the District level
  • Requirements:
    1. Be a registered Scouter
    2. Have rendered highly significant service to Scouting at the District level
    3. Be recommended for the award. Nominations are not made public, and nominees are not notified. Awardees are notified at an appropriate time, usually the Council annual banquet.
  • Insignia: Pendant on ribbon, square knot
  • Worn: Pendant with ribbon is worn on formal occasions; knot is worn just above left pocket.
  • Resource: Application
  • Need form? Yes, #28-726

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Name: Silver Fawn

  • Discontinued; was same as Silver Beaver but awarded to women

Name: Silver Antelope Award

  • Purpose: To recognize Scouters who have rendered highly significant service to Scouting at the Council level
  • Requirements:
    1. Be a registered Scouter
    2. Have rendered highly significant service to Scouting at the Council level
    3. Be recommended for the award
  • Approval for award is recommended by Council.
  • Insignia: Pendant on ribbon, square knot
  • Worn: Pendant with ribbon worn on formal occasions; knot is worn just above left shirt pocket (or above where pocket would be)
  • Resource: Application
  • Need form? Yes, #30-733

Name: Silver Buffalo Award

  • Purpose: To recognize Scouters who have rendered highly significant service to Scouting at regional or national level
  • Requirements:
    1. Be a registered Scouter
    2. Have rendered highly significant service to Scouting at regional or national level
    3. Be recommended for the award
  • Approval is recommended by National
  • Insignia: Pendant on ribbon, square knotWorn
  • Pendant with ribbon worn on formal occasions; knot is worn just above left shirt pocket (or above where pocket would be)
  • Resource: Application
  • Need form? Yes, #30-724

Name: Silver World Award

  • Purpose: To recognize Scouters who have rendered highly significant service to Scouting at international level
  • Requirements: No specific requirementsInsignia: Pendant on ribbon, square knot
  • Worn: Pendant with ribbon worn on formal occasions; knot worn just above left shirt pocket (or above where pocket would be)
  • Resource: Application
  • Need form? Contact BSA National Office, Irving, Texas

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Distinguished Assistant Scoutmaster Award (Longhorn Council only)

  • Purpose: To recognize noteworthy tenured service given to a unit....
  • Requirements:
    1. Be currently registered as Assistant Scoutmaster and have served in that position for a minimum of two continuous years (24 months)
    2. Complete training in current Longhorn Council Youth Protection Program
    3. Earn the Scouter’s Training Award
    4. Serve in a unit which has achieved the Quality Unit Award at least once during nominee’s 2-year tenure
    5. Exemplify a role model in living Scout Spirit by haveing given noteworthy service reflecting leadership, responsibility, and humility in promoting Scouting for all youth, regardless of race or creed
    6. Fulfill the duties of Assistant Scoutmaster as assigned to the New Scout Patrol, Traditional Patrol, Venture Crew, or Varsity Team, or any combination thereof by completing 6 months or more of the following, as certified by the Scoutmaster and the Unit Committee Chairman

    a. Be responsible to the Scoutmaster for New Scout Patrol, Traditional Patrol, Venture Crew, or Varsity Team, keeping Scoutmaster informed of their activities and progress

    b. Work with Troop Guide, Patrol Leader, Crew Chief, or Team Captain and counsel him on performance of his duties

    c. Meet with parents of new members to explain their role in support of their son and the activities and programs of the unit

    d. With at least one other adult, attend functions planned by the patrol, crew, or team

    e. Using the BSA advancement program, show that at least 80% of members of New Scout Patrol or Traditional Scout Patrol attain rank of First Class within 1 year of their joining (attach records to application)

    f. Assist as needed in coordination of resources for a minimum of 4 outings

    g. Conduct advancement conferences as needed with Scouts, if so assigned by SM

    h. Assist as needed in recruiting experts who can instruct specialized skills or advise crew/team members where to locate resources/leagues for programs

    i.. Work with Den Chief(s) and Webelos leader(s) to encourage and facilitate Webelos to Scout transition

    7. Complete 3 or more of items below, as certified by SM and Committee Chairman:

    a. Participate in development of boy leadership through patrol method

    b. Maintain a positive relationship with unit’s chartered organization

    c. Participate in minimum of 50% of all unit outdoor programs including 1 long term summer camp

    d. Participate in unit operations which attract and retain members for more than 1 year

    e. Attend 10 or more district roundtable meetings

  • Insignia: Bolo tie, and certificate for display
  • Worn: Bolo tie can be worn with uniform.
  • Resource: Application
  • Need form? Yes, application available from Longhorn Council service center. Unit Committee Chairman or Scoutmaster is responsible for nominating.

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Name: Distinguished Commissioner Service Award

  • Purpose: To upgrade Commissioner Service by recognizing those Commissioners who provide effective and notable service in promoting a quality Scouting program
  • Requirements:
    1. Complete Commissioner training and earn Scouter's Key for Commissioners
    2. Actively serve as Commissioner for 5 consecutive years and be currently registered as one
    3. Recharter 90% of units in your service area for past 2 years (applies to Council Commissioners, Assistant Council Commissioners, District Commissioners, Assistant District Commissioners, and Unit Commissioners)
    4. Assist units so that more than 50% in your area earn Quality Unit Award for a minimum of the past 2 years
    5. Roundtable Commissioners and Assistant Roundtable Commissioners must conduct at least 9 roundtables per year for the last 2 years, instead of meeting Requirements: 3 and 4.
    6. Must be recommended by Scout Commissioner or District Executive
  • Insignia: Plaque, bolo tie; plaque displayed
  • Worn: Bolo tie can be worn with uniform.
  • Resource: Information sheet #14-550
  • Need form? No

Name: Distinguished Eagle Scout Award

  • Purpose: To recognize adults who earned the Eagle rank at least 25 years earlier and who have distinguished themselves in their life work and who have voluntarily shared their talents with their community (service to Scouting is not required)
  • Requirements: Nominee must be recommended by a group of adult Eagles in the Council. NESA usually does this, but it may come from others. Nomination is sent to Council NESA Chapter for processing and forwarding to National Headquarters.
  • Insignia: Pendant with ribbon, miniature pin, charm for wife
  • Worn: Pendant on ribbon worn on formal occasions, miniature pin worn on Eagle knot or as tie-tac, lapel pin
  • Resource: Information sheet #30-605
  • Need form? Yes, #58-300

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Name: George Meany Award

  • Purpose: To recognize adult labor union members who have made a significant contribution to youth of their community through Scouting. This is a national recognition approved by the AFL-CIO Executive Council.
  • Requirements: No specific requirements: a maximum of one award is issued annually per City Central Labor Body plus one for each State Central Labor Body. Application should describe nominee's qualifications. Consideration is given to those who have done such things as: brought Scouting to more youth; assisted in recruiting Scoutmasters or other key leaders; completed full training in the Scouting skills and are outstanding role models for their personal sense of responsibility, humility, and ability to set a good example; have made a significant contribution to Scouting in the field of labor relations; have led in promoting Scouting for all youth regardless of race or creed, and have been instrumental in organizing Scouting units in the inner city.
  • Insignia: Pendant with ribbon, square knot
  • Worn: Pendant on ribbon worn for formal occasions; knot worn just above left pocket
  • Resource: Application
  • Need form? Yes, #86-011

Name: Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award

  • Purpose: To recognize volunteers who have made outstanding contribution through Scouting to low income urban/rural youth; may be awarded to units
  • Requirements: Nominee must have brought, or significantly im-proved, Scouting to urban or rural youth; must be nominated by Council, screened by Council, and approved by National Urban/Rural Field Services subcommittee.
  • Insignia: Lapel pin
  • Worn: Civilian wear only; if awarded to a unit, award should not be worn unless individual was personally involved.
  • Resource: Application
  • Need form? Yes, #7-427

Name: Organizer Award

  • Purpose: To recognize people organizing Scouting units
  • Requirements: Help organize or reorganize a pack, troop, post, or team
  • Insignia: Lapel pin
  • Worn: Civilian wear only
  • Resource: Unit organizer packet
  • Need form? No
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SERVICE RECOGNITIONS - UNITS

Name: National Quality Unit Award (replaces Honor Unit Award)

  1. Purpose: To recognize units that have maintained an outstanding Scouting program for the year; may be re-earned each year
  2. Requirements:
    1. Unit leader (CM, SM, Post Adviser, Team Coach) has completed appropriate Fast Start Training and Cub Basic Training or Scoutmaster Fundamentals.
    2. Unit must have one or more registered active assistant leaders.
    3. Unit committee must be active, having at least 9 meetings per year; committees of troop, post (where applicable), or team must hold minimum of 2 boards of review and 2 courts of honor per year.
    4. Complete 3 more of following: conduct a service project; have either 50% of Scouts advance a rank or a 10% increase in rank advancement over previous year; 50%+ of Scouts subscribe to Boys' Life or a 10% subscription increase over previous year; 50%+ Scouts participate in 10 nights of camping in the year; recharter with increased number of youth over previous year.
  3. Insignia: Ribbon, patch
  4. Worn: Ribbon is for troop display (on flag); patch is sewn on right sleeve (of short-sleeved shirt) just above cuff. Only one Quality Unit patch may be worn at a time.
  5. Resource: Application (usually with recharter packet)
  6. Need form? Yes, #14-221A

Name: E. Urner Goodman Order of the Arrow Camping Award

  • Purpose: To encourage and challenge OA lodges to increase their effectiveness in promoting Scout camping in each council
  • Requirements: Scout Executive must complete questionnaire describing how lodge has made a major impact on the Council camping program. Generally, lodge must also have had a major impact at Regional or National level. Only 2 awards are given per Region yearly.
  • Insignia: Certificate for lodge
  • Displayed Framed and displayed appropriately
  • Resource: Application #24-103
  • Need form? Yes, #24-103
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PROGRAM RECOGNITIONS - YOUTH

Name: Hornaday Award: Badge, Bronze Medal, Silver Medal

  • Purpose: To recognize distinguished service in conservation
  • Requirements: Do all work under the guidance of a local conservation agency or professional, or with a qualified layman in conservation. Work will take at least 18 months to complete.
    1. Earn Environmental Science merit badge. From list of qualified merit badges, earn 1 additional merit badge for Hornaday Badge, earn 2 additional merit badges for Bronze Medal, earn all 3 merit badges for Silver Medal. Qualified merit badges are Forestry, Soil and Water Conservation, and Fish and Wildlife Management.
    2. Earn at least 3 more badges from the nature and conservation merit badge group: Bird Study, Botany (discontinued as of 9/94), Geology, Insect Life, Mammals, Nature, Oceanography, Reptile Study, and Weather.
    3. Plan and carry out, under the guidance of the conservation adviser, local projects in energy conservation and air or water pollution control, and a project in 2 other of the following areas: soil and water conservation, fish and wildlife management, and resource recovery.
    4. Carry out projects that influence other people to understand and undertake conservation work and/or objectives.
    5. Submit a resume covering a summary of the local projects, and a summary of the efforts to influence others to practice conservation.
    6. Complete Hornaday Award application and submit to Council.
  • Bronze and Silver Medalists may be nominated by Council (individual may not apply for these) and are awarded by National. Bronze Medal is possible for work done on a local level; one is awarded per council per year. Silver Medal is awarded for work on a state or regional level; a maximum of 6 are awarded nationally per year.
  • Insignia: Bar pin; pendant on ribbon
  • Worn: 3/8" above uniform left pocket; pendant worn on formal occasions
  • Resource: Scoutmaster Handbook
  • Need form? Yes, #21-107

Name: World Conservation Award

  • Purpose: To recognize efforts to understand and improve our environment
  • Requirements: Cubmaster’s signature on application signifies that Cub Scout has completed achievements and activities appropriate for the boy’s current rank:
    • Wolf -must complete Achievement 7 plus all arrow points in 2 of the following 3 electives: 13, Birds, 15, Gardening, 19, Fishing, and participate in a den/pack conservation project in addition to other requirements.
    • Bear must complete Achievement 5 plus all arrow points in 2 or the following 3 electives: 2, Weather, 12, Nature Craft, 15, Water and Soil Conservation, and participate in a den/pack conservation project in addition to other requirements.
    • Webelos must complete following activity badges: Forester, Naturalist, and Outdoorsman; and participate in a den/pack conservation project.
    • Boy Scouts must earn the following merit badges: Environmental Science, either Soil and Water Conservation or Fish and Wildlife Management, and Citizenship in the World.
  • Insignia: Patch
  • Worn: Temporary patch on right pocket
  • Resource: Boy Scout Requirements: or application available at council office
  • Need Form? Yes, application available at council office

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Name: Keep America Beautiful/Hometown USA Award

  • Purpose: To recognize outstanding efforts of Scouts in their communities with regard to citizenship and environmental improvement
  • Requirements:
    1. Earn 3 of following merit badges: Citizenship in the Community, Communications, Environmental Science, Fish and Wildlife, Forestry, Gardening, Geology, Landscape Architecture, Nature, Plant Science, Public Speaking, and Soil and Water Conservation.
    2. Perform a community service project for a minimum of 8 hours, of which 2 hours must involve management planning and 6 hours must involve carrying out the project. The project should help keep American beautiful and benefit the community either physically or financially.
    3. Complete the application.
  • It is suggested that the community service project be under the overall direction of a natural resources professional or other qualified adult supervisor. (See packet for suggestions.) After completing the project, the adult supervisor should sign a statement indicating the project has been completed and meets the Requirements: of the project sponsor.
  • Insignia: Hometown USA patch (#7193)
  • Worn: Temporary patch on right pocket
  • Resource: Packet obtainable from National
  • Need form? See packet

Name: Worth Ranch Scout or SR2 Scout (Longhorn Council only)

  • Purpose: To provide a challenging experience for an older Scout (i.e., one who has attended camp for several years) with a review that tests his expertise in all basic areas of the summer camp program
  • Requirements: Complete all of the following during the 5-6 weeks summer camp is in session:
    1. Swimming: demonstrate the following strokes in good form: sidestroke, elementary backstroke, American crawl, and breaststroke.
    2. Lifesaving: show in good form the reach, throw, and go water rescues.
    3. Canoeing: by yourself, properly launch and paddle a canoe over a designed course showing basic canoe strokes.
    4. Rowing: Porperly row a rowboat over a designed course showing pivots, sculling, backwater, and rowing a straight line.
    5. Rifle and/or shotgun: demonstrate an understanding of range safety procedures and shoot at least 2 qualifying targets from the prone position (rifle) or hit at least 12 out of 25 target rounds.
    6. Archery: demonstrate an understanding of range safety procedures and shoot at least two qualifying targets at the medium range.
    7. Pioneering: properly tie and identify 10 knots and the square, diagonal, and shear lashings.
    8. Nature: identify (in the field) 15 species of wild plants. This should include trees and edible plants.
    9. Astronomy: identify in the sky at least 3 constellations.
    10. First Aid: earn the First Aid merit badge; if you already have it, review the First Aid skills with the Camp Health Officer.
    11. Instruction: Aid in the instruction of at least one merit badge for at least 1 hour per day during the week. See Program Director for merit badge class assignment.
  • Signatures verifying Requirements: have been met must be those of directors of respective camp areas--i.e., Aquatics, Shooting Sports, Scoutcraft, Nature-Ecology, Health, and Program. All Requirements: must be completed within one (1) 5-6 week period of summer camp and cannot be held over to complete the following year.
  • Insignia: Certificate for display; name also inscribed on plaque at respective camp
  • Resource: Application
  • Need Form? Yes, see council or camp ranger

Name: Presidential Sports Award (non-Scouting, but related activity)

  • Purpose: To encourage physical fitness and involvement in sports activities
  • Requirements: Vary depending on sport involved
  • Insignia: Patch and certificate
  • Worn: On civilian clothes only; certificate displayed
  • Resource: Contact: Presidential Sports Award, AAU House, P. O. Box 68207, Indianapolis, IN 46268
  • Need form? Yes, see address above

Name: Texas Award (Longhorn Council only)

  • Purpose: To promote awareness of Texas history, culture, and symbols
  • Requirements: Cub Scouts: Requirements: are listed on application;
  • Boy Scouts: Requirements: stated in Texas Award booklet
  • Insignia: Patch, available at Longhorn Scout Shop ($1.50 for Cubs; $3.00 for Boy Scouts) upon completion of Requirements: and submission of application
  • Worn: Temporary patch on right pocket of uniform or sewn on patch vest
  • Resource: Application form for Cub Scouts or Texas Award booklet for Boy Scouts. Both are available at Council office.
  • Need form? Yes; application for Cubs lists requirements; booklet for Boy Scouts includes application
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Name: SOAR (Save Our American Resources)

  • Purpose: To develop environmentally-aware citizens
  • Requirements: No specific requirements, but a unit should develop its own rigorous conservation project, using the steps of Identification, Preparation, and Action/Evaluation
  • Insignia: Patch
  • Worn: Temporary patch on right pocket
  • Resource: Conservation Guide for Unit Leaders
  • Need form? No

Name: Captain Kidd Award (Longhorn Council only)

  • Purpose: To recognize 6-hour increments of work performed on conservation projects benefiting Worth Ranch
  • Requirements: Vary according to level; there are 3 different levels
    1. Level 1 - requires 6 hours of work
    2. Level 2 - requires 12 hours of work
    3. Level 3 - requires 18 hours of work
  • Insignia: Patches vary according to time worked
  • Worn: Sewn on uniform 2" above right uniform pocket
  • Resource: Consult with Worth Ranch Ranger
  • Need form? Make arrangements with Worth Ranch ranger; patches available only from Worth Ranch ranger

Name: Safe Swim Defense

  • Purpose: To teach safe methods for troop swims
  • Requirements: Complete the Safe Swim Defense program
  • Insignia: Wallet card
  • Worn: Not applicable
  • Resource: Safe Swim Defense card
  • Need form? No

Name: Safety Afloat

  • Purpose: To teach safe boating methods for troops
  • Requirements: Complete the Safety Afloat training program
  • Insignia: Wallet card
  • Worn: Not applicable
  • Resource: Safety Afloat card
  • Need form? No

Name: BSA Lifeguard

  • Purpose: To ensure that the BSA swimming program has trained lifeguards
  • Requirements:
    1. Demonstrate aquatics skills, including skill in all Requirements: of Swimming, Lifesaving, Rowing, Canoeing, and First Aid merit badges
    2. Demonstrate application of all 8 factors in the BSA Safe Swim Defense plan, plus conduct a safe swim
    3. Demonstrate application of all 9 factors in Safety Afloat program
    4. Demonstrate specific First Aid techniques
    5. Demonstrate understanding of proper emergency actions
  • Certification is valid for 3 years after which it must be renewed.
  • Insignia: Patch
  • Worn: On swimsuit
  • Resource: Application for BSA Lifeguard Certification
  • Need form? Yes, #4435

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Name: Mile Swim Award

  • Purpose: To improve one’s physical conditioning and to help ensure one’s safety if stranded in water for an extended time period
  • Requirements:
    1. Explain relationship between good health and swimming
    2. Tell precautions and procedures for making an extended swim in open water
    3. Under qualified supervision, participate in 4 hours of training for extended swimming, 1 hour per day for 4 days
    4. Swim 1 mile (1600 meters) over an approved, measured course
  • Insignia: Patch
  • Worn: On swimsuit
  • Resource: Boy Scout Requirements:
  • Need form? No

Name: Snorkeling BSA

  • Purpose: To train Scouts in proper snorkeling procedures
  • Requirements:
    1. Pass Swimmer test
    2. Explain buddy system
    3. Define snorkeling
    4. Demonstrate use of mask, snorkel, and swim fins
    5. Perform deep water demonstrations and recover objects
    6. Explain snorkeling preparation and precautions
    7. Discuss submerged-related factors
    8. Discuss submersion effects; CPR
    9. Explain hyperventilation; hypothermia
    10. Demonstrate divers' signs and signals
  • Insignia: Patch
  • Worn: On swimsuit
  • Resource: Application for Snorkeling, BSA
  • Need form? Yes, #19-176

Name: Totin' Chip

  • Purpose: To teach proper use and safety of wood tools (knife, ax, saw)
  • Requirements:
    1. Read and understand Boy Scout Handbook section on use and safety of wood tools
    2. Demonstrate proper handling, care, and use of Scout knife, ax, and saw
    3. Use knife, ax, and saw as tools, not playthings
    4. Respect all safety rules to protect others
    5. Respect property; do not cut living trees
    6. Subscribe to the Outdoor Code
  • Insignia: Wallet card
  • Worn: Not applicable
  • Resource: Boy Scout Handbook, Boy Scout Requirements:
  • Need form? No

Name: Firem'n Chit

  • Purpose: To teach fire safety
  • Requirements: Scout must demonstrate he knows following:
    1. Read and understand Boy Scout Handbook, section on fire use and safety rules
    2. Secure necessary permit to build fire (regulations vary with area)
    3. Ensure area for fire is free of flammable vegetation for at least 5 feet in all directions
    4. Tend fire at all times
    5. Have fire fighting tools (water and shovel) available at all times
    6. Make sure fire is "dead out" before being left
    7. Subscribe to the Outdoor Code
  • Insignia: Wallet card
  • Worn: Not applicable
  • Resource: Boy Scout Requirements:
  • Need form? No

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Name: Paul Bunyan Woodsman Award

  • Purpose: To show that Scout is proficient with an ax and can teach ax safety
  • Requirements:
    1. Teach Totin' Chip to a Scout using a hand ax
    2. Demonstrate cutting a 6-8 foot long log (at least 4" in diameter) into 2-foot lengths
    3. Do a selected additional task as stated
  • Insignia: Patch
  • Worn: Equipment decoration to be displayed on trail pack or blanket
  • Resource: Boy Scout Requirements:
  • Need form? No

Name: Polar Bear Camping Award

  • Purpose: To promote winter camping and outdoor activities
  • Requirements:
    1. Using a tent or lean-to, camp for a 24-hour period during which the ambient temperature falls below 32o F (0o C)
    2. Complete and submit the required form
  • Insignia: Patch
  • Worn: Temporary patch on right pocket
  • Resource: Polar Bear Camping Flyer
  • Need form? Yes.  Download form here.  

Name: 50-Miler Award

  • Purpose: To encourage participation in major hiking or boating treks
  • Requirements:
    1. Make complete plans for the trip, including possibilities for advancement
    2. Cover the 50-consecutive-mile distance on foot, or by canoe or boat without use of a motor; take a minimum of 5 consecutive days
    3. During the time on trail or on waterway, each individual must complete a minimum of 10 hours of group work to improve the area (i.e., a conservation project). If, after checking with authorities, it is not possible to complete the 10 hours each of group work on the trek, do a similar project in your home area
    4. Unit leader must submit 50-Miler application to Council or to Philmont
  • Insignia: Patch
  • Worn: Decoration to be displayed on jacket or backpack
  • Resource: Boy Scout Requirements:
  • Need form? Yes, #4408

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Name: Historic Trails Award

  • Purpose: To encourage learning about, and visiting, historic areas and promote their preservation
  • Requirements:
    1. Locate an historic trail or site and study information about it
    2. Hike or camp 2 days and 1 night along the trail or in the vicinity of the site
    3. Cooperate with an adult group to restore and mark all or part of this trail or site; or cooperate with such a group to plan and stage an historic pageant, ceremony, or other public event related to the site (should be large enough to merit press coverage)
    4. Unit leader must submit Historic Trails Award application
  • Insignia: Patch
  • Worn: Equipment decoration, not worn on uniform
  • Resource: Boy Scout Requirements
  • Need form? Yes, see Council

Name: High Adventure Base Patch

  • Purpose: To recognize those who have participated in program at one of the BSA high adventure bases
  • Requirements: Complete the high adventure base activity
  • Insignia: Patch
  • Worn: Equipment decoration, not worn on uniform
  • Resource: Council information sheet
  • Need form? Participants receive patch upon completion of program

Name: Participation patches (various)

  • Purpose: To encourage participation in special events
  • Requirements: Vary with event (e.g., camporees, jamborees, Philmont, High Adventure Bases, trail patches) but usually necessitate attendance/participation in the event
  • Insignia: Patch, usually
  • Worn: Temporary patch on right pocket; jamboree patches are sewn/worn above right pocket
  • Resource: Varies
  • Need form? Varies; refer to event publicity or chairman

Name: Interpreter Strip (available for all languages)

  • Purpose: To designate Scouts and Scouters who can communicate in a second language
  • Requirements:
    1. Carry on a 5-minute conversation in the second language
    2. Translate a 2-minute speech or address
    3. Write a letter in the language (does not apply for sign language)
    4. Translate 400 words from the written word
  • Insignia: Cloth strip with Name: of language on it
  • Worn: Centered above "Boy Scouts of America" over right pocket
  • Resource: Boy Scout Requirements:
  • Need form? No

Name: C. O. P. E. (Challenging Outdoor Physical Experience)

  • Purpose: To develop teamwork in a group and develop self-assurance in Scouts by completing difficult physical maneuvers as a team
  • Requirements: Participate in a professionally supervised outdoor COPE course
  • Insignia: None
  • Resource: COPE information
  • Need form? Yes, application; see Council
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PROGRAM RECOGNITIONS - ADULTS

Name: Hornaday Award - Gold Medallion

  • Purpose: To recognize distinguished service in conservation or improvement of environmental quality on a state, regional, or national level
  • Requirements: Council must nominate individual for unusual and distinguished service in conservation and improvement of environmental quality; emphasis for award is placed on national impact. National awards only one (1) medallion per year.
  • Insignia: Bar pin, pendant on ribbon
  • Worn: Pin worn 3/8" above left pocket; ribbon with pendant worn on formal occasions
  • Resource: Scoutmaster Handbook
  • Need form? Yes, #21-107

Name: Aquatic Instructor Patch

  • Purpose: To show wearer is certified as aquatics instructor for Scout camps
  • Requirements: Complete certification training through National Camping School
  • Insignia: Patch
  • Worn: On right side of swimsuit
  • Resource: National Camping School
  • Need form? See Council
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PROGRAM RECOGNITIONS - UNITS

Name: Hornaday Award - Unit Certificate

  • Purpose: To recognize a unit's distinguished service in conservation
  • Requirements:
    1. Carry out the service project portion of the Requirements: listed under Hornaday Award - Badge, Bronze Medal, Silver Medal; work as a troop, patrol, or a group of 5 or more Scouts for unique conservation or environmental quality projects.
    2. Complete application and submit to Council
  • Insignia: Certificate to display
  • Displayed Framed and displayed appropriately
  • Resource: Scoutmaster Handbook
  • Need form? Yes, #21-107

Name: National Camping Award

  • Purpose: To encourage unit camping
  • Requirements:
    1. Each troop patrol must participate in at least 3 specified events within one year
    2. All troop patrols represented in 4 or more short-term campouts within one year
    3. All troop patrols represented in a long-term camp (6 or more consecutive days of camping) with at least 50% of unit boy membership in attendance
  • Insignia: Unit ribbon
  • Displayed Appropriately displayed
  • Resource: Scoutmaster Handbook
  • Need form? Yes, #3690

Name: Baden-Powell Patrol Award (for patrols)

  • Purpose: To improve operation of patrols
  • Requirements: Award can be re-earned by each patrol every 3 months
    1. Have a patrol flag and rally around it; put patrol design on equipment; use patrol yell and patrol call; keep patrol records current for 3 months
    2. Hold 2 patrol meetings each month for 3 months
    3. Take part in a hike or outdoor activity within 3 months
    4. Do 2 PLC approved Good Turns or service projects within 3 month
    5. Help 2 patrol members advance 1 rank during 3 months
    6. Build patrol to full strength--8 Scouts
    7. Wear Scout uniform correctly
    8. Represent the patrol during 3 PLC meetings within 3 months
  • Insignia: Baden-Powell patrol star
  • Worn: Under patrol patch on right sleeve; maximum of 4 stars may be worn
  • Resource: Patrol Leader Handbook
  • Need form? Yes, #18-926

Name: Johnny Elmseed Program

  • Purpose: To promote community service projects protecting existing American elm trees against Dutch elm disease and to plant disease resistant American Liberty elms
  • Requirements: Follow program outlined in Johnny Elmseed Program to establish small troop nursery to grow 1-foot seedlings into 6-foot transplantable trees for public land
  • Insignia: None
  • Resource: Johnny Elmseed Program, Elm Research Institute, Harrisville, NH 03450, Ph. 1-800-FOR-ELMS
  • Need form? No
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TRAINING RECOGNITIONS - YOUTH

Name: Junior Leader Training Patch

  • Purpose: To train patrol leaders and other junior leaders
  • Requirements: Complete day-long junior leader basic training course
  • Insignia: Patch
  • Worn: Temporary patch on right pocket
  • Resource: National Junior Leader Training syllabus
  • Need form? No; course enrollment and completion are enough
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TRAINING RECOGNITIONS - YOUTH AND ADULTS

Name: Training Award

  • Purpose: To designate Scouter who has completed basic training for position as junior leader, or unit/den leader
  • Requirements: Complete appropriate training for unit leaders or junior leaders
  • Insignia: Patch
  • Worn: Left sleeve just below badge of office for which training was completed; patch should be removed when office changes; may be re-attached when additional appropriate training is completed
  • Resource: Scoutmaster Handbook
  • Need form? No

Name: Wood Badge (Advanced Adult Training)

  • Purpose: To designate those who have completed additional training directly related to Scout program
  • Requirements:
    1. Complete Wood Badge course (either week-long or 2-weekends), available through most Scout Councils
    2. Complete the individual "ticket" items agreed to during the course, working with an individual coach/counselor
  • Insignia: Wood Badge neckerchief, beads, and woggle (neckerchief slide)
  • Worn: As instructed upon completion of Wood Badge ticket
  • Resource: Scoutmaster Handbook
  • Need form? See Council

Name: Arrowhead Award

  • Purpose: To recognize Commissioners who have completed a specified block of work towards earning their Scouter's Key or Scouter's Training Award
  • Requirements: Vary depending on which Commissioner position is held; usually includes participation in position for specified time, and completion of a number of position-related requirements
  • Insignia: Arrowhead patch
  • Worn: On left sleeve below badge of office
  • Resource: Appropriate Progress Record card #36-857 for District and Assistant District Commissioner, #36-858 for Unit Commissioner, #36-859 for Roundtable Commissioner, #36-860 for Roundtable Staff
  • Need form? Yes, appropriate Progress Record, see above

Name: Scouter's Key

  • Purpose: To recognize those Scoutmasters and Commissioners who have taken recommended training for their position and have achieved the high standard of performance prescribed for 3 years
  • Requirements: Complete requirements in training, performance, and tenure
  • Insignia: Square knot
  • Worn: Just above left pocket
  • Resource: Appropriate Progress Record: #36-855 for Scoutmasters; #36-857 for District and Assistant District Commissioners; #36-858 for Unit Commissioner; #36-859 for Roundtable Commissioner
  • Need form? Yes, appropriate Progress Record, see above

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Name: Scouter's Training Award

  • Purpose: To recognize those Scouters and Roundtable Staff who have taken the required training for their position and have achieved the high standard of performance prescribed for 3 years
  • Requirements: Complete requirements in training, performance, and tenure
  • Insignia: Square knot
  • Worn: Just above left pocket
  • Resource: Appropriate Progress Record: #36-851 for Scouters; #36-860 for Roundtable Staff
  • Need form? Yes, appropriate Progress Record, see above

Name: Train the Trainer

  • Purpose: To designate those who have completed training to teach methods of instruction for Scouting
  • Requirements: Complete the training syllabus
  • Insignia: Wallet card
  • Worn: Not applicable
  • Resource: Training syllabus
  • Need form? No

Name: College of Commissioner Science

  • Purpose: To designate Commissioners who have completed further training appropriate for their job and needs
  • Requirements: Vary according to training program undertaken in National training syllabus
  • Insignia: Patch
  • Worn: Temporary patch on right pocket
  • Resource: College of Commissioner Science, #LD7522
  • Need form? No; patch available upon completion of course

Name: National Camping School Badge

  • Purpose: To designate those who have completed training at National Camping School, which chiefly provides training for staff for Scout camps
  • Requirements: Complete National Camping School training
  • Insignia: Patch
  • Worn: Temporary patch on right pocket
  • Resource: Information packet, see Council
  • Need form? See Council

Name: Philmont Training Center Badge

  • Purpose: To designate adult leaders who have attended Philmont Training Center for courses in various areas of the Scouting program
  • Requirements: Complete prescribed training course, chosen from various topics, at Philmont Training Center, Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico; attendance by invitation only, inquire at Council office
  • Insignia: Patch
  • Worn: Temporary patch on right pocket, or permanent patch on jacket
  • Resource: Yearly information packet with course offerings
  • Need form? See information packet

Name: Professional Training Award (for Scouting professionals only)

  • Purpose: To recognize professional Scouters for additional training
  • Requirements: Serve as a professional Scouter for 3 or more years and complete a number of required and non-required training courses
  • Insignia: Square knot
  • Worn: Just above left pocket
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RELIGIOUS RECOGNITIONS - YOUTH

Name: Religious award (Also known as God and Country Award; different for each denomination)

  • Purpose: To encourage Scouts to understand and develop their religious beliefs
  • Requirements: Award is issued by the denomination, in conjunction with BSA, and vary according to denomination; see addendum on religious awards below
  • Insignia: Medal (different for each denomination), square knot (same for all denominations), miniature pin (different for each denomination)
  • Worn: Universal knot, worn just above left pocket flap. Miniature pin may be worn through knot to show when emblem was earned--as Cub Scout, Boy Scout, or Explorer. Knot may be worn by adults if badge was earned as youth. Medal, worn only on formal occasions, should be placed 3/8" above left pocket or above knot.
  • Resource: Religious Emblems publications sheet #5206 and denominational publications (See addendum for appropriate award and source of information)
  • Need form? Yes, see appropriate award under Addendum on Religious Awards
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RELIGIOUS RECOGNITIONS - ADULTS

Name: Religious Award for Adults(available in some denominations and named differently by denomination)

  • Purpose: To recognize adults who have had major impact on youth through Boy Scout's religious program
  • Requirements: Generally, there are no specific requirements. Adults cannot apply for the award, but must be recommended for it by the appropriate religious body. See Religious Emblems Program (Sheet 5206A) for information. Awards are known to exist for Baptist, Eastern Orthodox, Eastern Rite Catholic, Episcopal, General Protestant, Jewish, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Lutheran, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Roman Catholic, Salvation Army, Unitarian Universalist, United Church of Christ, United Methodist, and others. (See addendum on religious awards)
  • Insignia: Medal (varies according to denomination), square knot (same for all denominations)
  • Worn: Knot worn above left pocket; medals, worn only on formal occasions, are placed 3/8" above left pocket or knot
  • Resource: Religious Emblems programs sheet #5-206A
  • Need form? Consult Addendum on Religious Awards for appropriate materials
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RELIGIOUS RECOGNITIONS - UNITS

Name: Unit Award of Excellence (different Name: for each denomination)

  • Purpose: To recognize outstanding units chartered to congregations and associated organizations of specific denominations that have met criteria established by the denomination. Awards exist for Catholic, Lutheran, and United Methodist denominations.
  • Requirements: Vary with each denomination; usually includes such items as: unit sponsored by church of that denomination, unit earns BSA Quality Unit Award, a majority of unit's Scouts have earned their religious award or are in process of doing so, unit has designated chaplain, unit participates in sponsor's yearly Scout Sunday service, unit has arranged to have church services when away from home church. Also, see Requirements: for each denomination.
  • Insignia: Patches vary
  • Worn: Temporary patch on right pocket
  • Resource: Various flyers on such awards available through Council or church
  • Need form? Yes
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ADDENDUM ON RELIGIOUS AWARDS

Because the Boy Scouts of America is nonsectarian, it, therefore, has no religious emblems. Those it recognizes have been developed by each denomination for its members, but they share some general characteristics:

  • Each religious award candidate must be registered with the BSA before working in the appropriate religious program, in which he is usually instructed/guided by his own clergyman--ministers, pastors, priest, rabbi, imam, etc., or religious counselor.
  • Religious counselors should be registered with the BSA, and Scout leaders should not be emblem counselors unless they have been certified by the appropriate religious authority.
  • Upon completion of Requirements: for the award, presentation of it is made during a religious service. It should be recognized, or presented again to the recipient, at a Scouting ceremony (e.g., pack meeting or court of honor).
  • The award is a medal, which is worn on formal occasions centered above the left uniform pocket, and a universal square knot, which is permanently worn just above the left pocket.
  • A Scout may begin work on a religious award when he joins a unit, but some denominations require that a Scout attain a certain rank or tenure before the emblem can be presented.

Be aware that fees may be charged by denominations for program registration, study materials, and awards.

BSA publication #5-206A lists the following emblems as available for youth of Scouting age (6 to 18; to 21 for Explorers):

  • Armenian Church of America - Ararat Award: For Scouts who have earned First Class rank or Explorers with at least 1 year's tenure in Exploring. Requirements: include church history and practices, Christian witness, world outreach, citizenship, fellowship, and service. For information contact Youth Director, Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, 630 Second Ave., New York, NY 10016.

Zoroastrian - Good Life Award: For Boy Scouts. Requirements: include studying the history of early Zoroastrianism, understanding prophet Zarathushtra Spitama's "Good Life" message, and trying to live by this message and the prophet's way of life in today's environment. For information contact The Zoroastrian Association, c/o Fred Morris, 117 Madie Ave., Spotswood, NJ 08884.

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  • Buddhist - Metta and Sangha Awards: The Metta is for Cub Scouts; Requirements: include 12 hours of classes with a Buddhist minister over a 6-month period. Boy Scouts of First Class rank and Explorers with 1 year tenure are eligible to work on the Sangha Award; Requirements: include 72 hours of classes with a Buddhist minister over a two-year period. For information contact National Buddhist Committee on Scouting, c/o Buddhist Churches of America, National Headquarters, 1710 Octavia St., San Francisco, CA 94109.

    Baha'i - Unity of Mankind Award: For all registered Scouts. Programs are for Cubs, including Tigers, and for Boy Scouts and Explorers. Requirements, which involve administration by the local spiritual assembly, are designed to involve Baha'i youth in full spiritual life of their community, to promote Baha'i ideals of service, deepening and prayer, to emphasize understanding of writings of Baha'u'llah, Abdul Baha, and Shoggi Effendi and their position in the faith. For information contact The National Teaching Committee, Baha'i National Center, Wilmette, IL 60091.

    Moravian - God and Me, God and Family, God and Country: God and Me, God and Family programs for Tigers and Cubs, respectively; see Requirements: for corresponding Protestant awards. God and Country program is for Boy Scouts of at least First Class rank. Requirements: include study of Moravian faith, witnessing, service projects, discussion of church's involvement in the world and community. For information contact The Moravian Church, Drawer Y, Winston-Salem, NC 27108.

    Baptist - God and Me, God and Family, God and Country: God and Me, God and Family programs for Tibers and Cubs, respectively; see Requirements: for corresponding Protestant awards. Requirements: (publication #3025A) for God and Country for Boy Scouts and Explorers include work with pastors in areas of faith, witness, outreach, citizenship, and service record book #3024A. For information contact Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (PRAY), 8520 Mackenzie Rd., St. Louis, MO 63123, or council office.

    Protestant - God and Me, God and Family, God and Church, God and Life: Requirements: for program for boys of Tiger, Wolf, or Bear rank are found in God and Me Student Resource, #3603S, and Counselor Manual, #3603C. Program Requirements: for Webelos are listed in God and Family Student Resource, #3597A, and Counselor Manual, 3598A. Program Requirements: for Scouts in grades 6-8 are detailed in God and Church Student Resource, #3599A, and Counselor Manual, #3600A. Program Requirements: for Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Explorers in grades 9-12 are found in God and Life Combined Counselor/Student Resource, #3601A. Requirements: vary by program and denomination but include emphasis on relationships with God, family, church, community, world, and may involve service. For information contact Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (PRAY). 8520 Mackenzie Rd., St. Louis, MO 63123.

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    Eastern Orthodox - Chi Rho, Alpha Omega: Chi Rho is for Cub Scouts; Alpha Omega, for Scouts and Explorers who have completed grade 7 or are 13-17 years old. Requirements: include facets personal and parish life, church organization, and service. For information contact Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (PRAY), P. O. Box 6900, St. Louis, MO 63123.

    Eastern Rite Catholic - Light is Life: Program for Boy Scouts. Requirements: (Supply #3011) include study of Holy Mysteries of initiation, vocation, Christian lifestyle, and prayer; information pamphlet available from local Scout council or diocesan Scout office.

    Roman Catholic - Ad Altare Dei: Program for Boy Scouts with at least 1 year active tenure in a troop. Requirements: include study of sacraments, knowledge and observance of faith, and service. The Counselor's Guide, #3077, and Record Book, #3095, are available from local Scout council or diocesan Scout office.

    Roman Catholic and Eastern Rite Catholic - Parvuli Dei, Pope Pius XII: Parvuli Dei for Cubs and Webelos. Requirements: book #3086 covers understanding of Christian love, knowledge of church and home parish, and service. Pope Pius XII for Explorers and high school age Boy Scouts (Roman Catholic Scouts must first earn Ad Altare Dei); Requirements: discussed in Pope Pius XII Student Resource, #3076, and Pope Pius XII Counselor's Manual, #3077 (available from local Scout council or diocesan Scout office) include readings, discussions, and commitment to Christian principles.

    Catholic St. George Award for Adults: Information is available from diocesan Catholic Church Information Office.

    Episcopal - God and Me, God and Family, God and Church, God and Life: For Cub Scouts of Wolf and Bear rank see Protestant category. God and Family is for Cubs in grades 4 and 5; Requirements: unclude understanding of liturgy, church organization, prayer and Bible. God and Church is for Boy Scouts to age 14; Requirements: discuss how God works with people, through Jesus Christ and through scripture, and the Bible. God and Life is for older Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Explorers; Requirements: include emphasis on keeping a faith diary, understanding sin and penance, family life, love, and service. For information contact local Scout council or Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (PRAY), 8520 Mackenzie Rd., St. Louis, MO 63123. Supplement to standard counselor's manual is also available from PRAY.

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    Jewish - Maccabee, Aleph, Ner Tamid: Maccabee is intended for use with Tigers; Requirements: involve Jewish names, holidays, terms, community helpers, symbols, objects, articles, heroes. Publications to use are Maccabee Student, #7165, and Maccabee Counselor, #3933. Aleph is for those of Bear and Webelos rank who have earned 5 or more activity badges; Requirements: include knowledge of the Torah, prayer, religious holidays, synagogue, American heritage, Israel; Aleph Record Book, #3184, is used. Ner Tamid is for Boy Scouts and Explorers; Requirements: include Jewish home life, synagogue, American Jewish Community, world Jewry, and service; Ner Tamid Record Book, #3182, is used. For information contact Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (PRAY), 8520 Mackenzie Rd., St. Louis, MO 63123.

    Islamic - Bismillah, In the Name of God: Bismillah is for Cub Scouts; Requirements: include attending religious services regularly, naming Holy Books, writing essays on Muhammed and on a great American Muslim, studying religious holidays. For information contact Islamic Committee on Scouting, 130 East 40th St. (5th Floor), New York, NY 10016.

    Hindu - Dharma: For Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts; Requirements: include study of Hindu religious knowledge and spiritual formation, with emphasis of becoming aware of God's presence in one's daily life. For information contact North American Hindu Association, 46133 Amesbury Drive, Plymouth, MI 48170.

    Lutheran - God and Me, God and Family Lutheran, Lutheran Living Faith: God and Me is for Tigers; God and Family is for Cub Scouts; see Protestant programs. Lutheran Living Faith is for Boy Scouts and Explorers who have earned First Class rank or have 1 year's tenure in Exploring; Requirements: include projects on faith, worship, witness, church's ministry, and service. For information see local Scout council for Lutheran Living Faith materials, #3635, or contact Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (PRAY), 8520 Mackenzie Rd., St. Louis, MO 63123.

    Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) - God and Church: For Boy Scouts; for Requirements: see Protestant. For information contact Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (PRAY), 8520 Mackenzie Rd., St. Louis, MO 63123.

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    LDS "Mormon" - Faith in God, On My Honor: Faith in God is for Cub Scouts; Requirements: include regular church attendance, importance of prayer, geneaology, one's "Duty to God." On My Honor is for Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Explorers; Requirements: include membership in an LDS Scouting section for 2 years, an annual interview with the bishop to determine worthiness of being awarded the emblem. For information contact Church Distribution Center, 1999 West 1700 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84104.

    United Methodist Church - God and Church: For Boy Scouts; for Requirements: see Protestant. For information contact Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (PRAY), 8520 Mackenzie Rd., St. Louis, MO 63123.

    Polish National Catholic - Bog I Ojczyzna (God and Country): For Boy Scouts and Explorers; Requirements: include Christian spirit and faith, church participation and fellowship, Christianity in action, and service. For information contact Polish National Catholic Church, Committee on Scouting, Arthur Wyglon, 155 Heather Hill Drive, West Seneca, NY 14224.

    Presbyterian Church (USA) - God and Church: For Boy Scouts; for Requirements: see Protestant. For information contact Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (PRAY), 8520 Mackenzie Rd., St. Louis, MO 63123.

    The Salvation Army - God and Me, Silver Crest (Salvationists), God and Family (Non-Salvationists), God and The Salvation Army, God and Life: For Tigers see God and Me Protestant program. Silver Crest is for Webelos (ages 9-10); Requirements: include history and doctrines of the Salvation Army and a service/education project. God and the Salvation Army is for Boy Scouts; Requirements: include study of God working through His Son, people, and scripture; history and organization of The Salvation Army, and service project. God and Life is for Explorers; Requirements: include a personal diary documenting examples of faith from daily life. Requirements: for God and Family (Non-Salvationists), student book, #3597A, and counselor manual, #3598A, are available from Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (PRAY), 8520 Mackenzie Rd., St. Louis, MO 63123. For information on Silver Crest, God and the Salvation Army, and God and Life programs contact The Salvation Army, 120 West 14th St., New York, NY 10011.

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    Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - God and Me, World Community Series: God and me is for Tigers; see Protestant. Light of the World is for Cub Scouts, Liahona is for Boy Scouts, Life and World is for Explorers; Requirements: emphasize understanding sacraments, Bible study, church history and organization, relationship with God, and service. For information contact Director of Scouting, Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, The Auditorium, P. O. Box 1059, Independence, MO 74051.

    Unitarian Universalist - Love and Help, Religion in Life: For Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Explorers; 3-fold Purpose involves helping Unitarian Universalist youth acquire information about their faith, living their faith, and giving support and recognition youth achievements in UU congregations. For information contact Unitarian Universalist, 25 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108.

    General Church of the New Jerusalem - The Open Word Award: For Boy Scouts of the New Church who demonstrate knowledge of church teachings and writings of Swedenborg. Requirements, listed in Bulletin OWA589, include a service project and supporting religion in Scouting. For information contact The Boy Scout Relations Committee, The General Church of the New Jerusalem, P. O. Box 278, Bryn Athyn, PA 19009.

    The Association of Unity Churches - God In Me, Light of God: God In Me is for Unity youth aged 6-11; Requirements: help deepen faith and further knowledge of Christ within, and promotes closer relationships with family, guardians, counselors, and ministers regarding Truth. Light of God provides a program to achieve basic spiritual understanding of truths taught by Unity and recognizes youth for their achievements in the presence of the church body. For information contact The Association of Unity Churches, P. O. Box 610, Lee's Summit, MO 64063.

    First Church of Christ, Scientist - God and Country, God and Country: Cub Scout program (No. CSFB) and Boy Scout program (No. CSCB) are designed to bring to Scouting activities a greater sense of serving mankind though living the teachings of Christian Science. For information contact Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (PRAY), 8520 Mackenzie Rd., St. Louis, Mo 63123.

    NOTE: The Universal Religious Emblem is the purple and silver square knot worn on the uniform as a substitute for the religious emblem.

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