Cub Scout National Summertime Awards
Pack - The purpose of the National Summertime Award is to encourage packs to provide a year-round program by continuing to meet during the time periods when school is out of session for several months. A pack can qualify for the National Summertime Pack Award by planning and conducting three pack activities - one each in June, July, and August. Qualifying packs receive a colorful streamer for their pack flag.
Scout - Boys who participate in three summertime pack events (one each in June, July, and August) are eligible to receive the National Summertime Award pin. The pin is worn on the right pocket flap of the Cub Scout Uniform, pinned onto the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award, if present. Multiple pins may be displayed for each year the award is earned.
Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award
Boys may earn the award in each of the program years as long as the requirements are completed each year. The first time the award is earned, the boy will receive the pocket flap award, which is to be worn on the right pocket flap of the uniform shirt. Each successive year the award is earned, a wolf track pin may be added to the flap. Leaders should encourage boys to build on skills and experiences from previous years when working on the award for a successive year.All Ranks - Attend Cub Scout day camp or Cub Scout/Webelos Scout resident camp.
Tiger - Complete the Backyard Jungle adventure from the Tiger Handbook, and complete four of the outdoor activities listed below.
Wolf - Complete the Paws on the Path adventure from the Wolf Handbook, and complete five of the outdoor activities listed below.
Bear - Complete the Bear Necessities adventure from the Bear Handbook, and complete six of the outdoor activities listed below.
Webelos - Complete the Webelos Walkabout adventure from theWebelos Handbook, and complete seven of the outdoor activities listed below.
Emergency Preparedness Award
From its beginning, the Scouting movement has taught young people to do their best, to do their duty to God and country, to help others, and to prepare themselves physically, mentally, and morally to meet these goals. The basic aims of Scouting include teaching young people to take care of themselves, to be helpful to others, and to develop courage, self-reliance, and the ability to be ready to serve in an emergency.
The Emergency Preparedness BSA Award, first introduced in 2003 and updated in 2014, was designed with the aims mentioned above in mind. The award has been earned by tens of thousands of Scouts and Scouters individually, with their unit, or at a large event such as a jamboree. By developing these lifelong skills, Scouts have been instrumental in helping their communities recover from emergencies.
When an emergency does occur, it can affect every BSA youth and adult member in the immediate area. Earning the award teaches participants to respond first, as an individual; second, as a member of a family; and third, as a member of a Scouting unit serving their neighborhood and community. This award will allow all Scouts and Scouters to become informed, be prepared, and act promptly and appropriately in the event of emergencies, whether they are natural or man-made.
Scouts and adult leaders can earn the individual Emergency Preparedness Award. Meanwhile, units, districts, and councils can work toward earning the bronze, silver, or gold achievement level. The awards are available at local Scout shops once specific requirements for each rank or achievement level have been met.
When a member has fulfilled the requirements, a completed application is submitted to the council. Upon approval, an Emergency Preparedness pin is awarded. The pin may be worn on civilian clothing or on the uniform, centered on the left pocket flap. The award may be earned more than once; for instance, as a young person advances through the ranks and is capable of more complex preparedness activities, but only one pin may be worn.
All emergency activities carried out by Scouting units must be appropriate for the ages and abilities of the young people involved. Units should participate only under the supervision of their own leaders, and plans for unit help must be coordinated with community agencies responsible for disaster preparedness.
Leave No Trace Award (Discontinued as of 06/01/2015)
Cub Scouts and their leaders interested in learning more about outdoor ethics and Leave No Trace should begin by exploring the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award.
Note: Requirement No. 4 for the Cub Scout Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award says to "participate in an outdoor ethics activity facilitated by a person who has completed the BSA outdoor ethics orientation course or is a BSA outdoor ethics trainer or master." The person who can facilitate the outdoor ethics activity in Cub Scout Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award requirement No. 4 is any person who is any of the following: a Leave No Trace Master Educator or Trainer, a Tread Lightly! Master Tread Trainer or Tread Trainer, a person who has completed either the BSA outdoor ethics orientation course (in beta testing) or the BSA Leave No Trace 101 course, or any person who has earned the BSA Leave No Trace Awareness Card. It's also allowable for any individual designated by a council outdoor ethics advocate or, in the absence of an advocate, the Scout executive or his or her designee, to facilitate the "outdoor ethics activity."
Contact Kimberly Schoolcraft for details.
Youth Religious Emblem
Many religious-faith groups have programs of intensive religious education for individual Cub Scouts (Tiger, Wolf,Bear, Webelos, Boy Scouts, and Venturers). Religious Emblems are designed to recognize youth and adults who demonstrate faith, observe the creeds or principles of the faith, and give service. Religious emblems are not Scouting awards; they are presented by religious groups to boys who earn them.
The Religious Emblems programs are administered by various religious institutions and recognized, but not sponsored, by the BSA. If earned as a cub scout, this emblem can be transferred / worn on a Boy Scout Uniform.
World Conservation Award
Can be earned by Wolf, Bear or Webelos, but not Tigers.
The World Conservation Award provides an opportunity for individual Wolf Scouts, Bear Scouts, Webelos Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers to "think globally" and "act locally" to preserve and improve our environment. This program is designed to make youth members aware that all nations are closely related through natural resources, and that we and our world environment are interdependent.
Webelos Scouts (Including Boys Earning Arrow of Light Rank)
The Boy Scouts of America's NOVA Awards program incorporates learning with cool activities and exposure to science, technology, engineering and mathematics for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. The hope is that the requirements and activities for earning these awards stimulates interest in STEM-related fields and shows how science, technology, engineering and mathematics apply to everyday living and the world around them. Counselors and mentors help bring this engaging, contemporary, and fun program to life for youth members.
There are awards designed for youth in the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing programs, and are optional in each program. Requirements must be completed while registered in the BSA in the appropriate program and subject to standard age limitations.
There are four Nova awards for Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts, four ofr Boy Scouts, and four for Venturers and Sea Scouts. Each award at each program level covers one component of STEM - science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.
The requirements for this award are too extensive to list. Please see STEM/Nova Requirements on the Scouting.org website.
For their first Nova award, Scouts earn the distinctive Nova award patch shown above. After that, a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturer, or Sea Scout can earn three more Nova awards, each one recognized with a separate pi (π) pin-on device, shown to the left, that attaches to the patch . The patch and the three devices represent each of the four STEM topics - science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts may be awarded, and wear, below the right pocket on their uniforms, the Recruiter Strip shown above
There are NO formal requirements for these strips Each Unit establishes the procedure for awarding the strip. Usually, a Recruiter Strip is awarded to a Cub Scout or Boy Scout the first time he is successful in getting a friend, relative, classmate, or other acquaintance to join his unit.
Typically, only ONE strip is awarded to a boy while he is a Cub Scout, and another may be awarded while he is a Boy Scout.
Youth and Adult members (Cub and Webelos Scouts, Boy and Varsity Scouts, Venturers, and Sea Scouts, plus Scouters in all programs) may wear this strip if they show their knowledge of a foreign language or the sign language for the hearing impaired by:
Pro Archer / Marksman Certificate
(Archery / BB-Gun Shooting)
Archery and BB-Gun shooting, is a camp program. Boys can earn Archery and BB-Gun Shooting recognition items only at council / district day camp, resident camp or council-managed family camping programs. Archery and BB-Gun Shooting programs are not permitted at den and pack activities. The Archery and BB-Gun Shooting belt loop and pin can only be awarded by a BSA range-trained shooting-sports director.
Requirements: Earn Belt Loop & Pin (see requirements for those)
Before firing the Pro Archer course, the camper is to complete the following:
Pro Archer Level
Shoot five groups (three arrows per group) trying to group each set within a circle the size of the nine-ring. (No specific score is required.)
Then fire for the Pro Archer score.
In Cub Scout archery, the camp awards the certificate when the Cub Scout or Webelos Scout qualifies for the different levels of recognition. It is possible to earn four certificates if every level of marksmanship has been accomplished.
Before completing the Pro Marksman requirements below, the following criteria must be met:
Score Requirements for BB-Gun Recognition Certificate
Certificates may be awarded to the Cub Scout or Webelos Scout at any time he achieves a level of marksmanship. It is possible to earn five certificates if every level of marksmanship has been accomplished.
Medal of Merit - The Medal of Merit may be awarded to a youth member or adult leader who has performed some outstanding act of service of a rare or exceptional character that reflects an uncommon degree of concern for the well-being of others.
Heroism Award -
The Heroism Award may be awarded to a youth member or adult leader who has demonstrated heroism and skill in saving or attempting to save life at minimum risk to self.
Honor Medal -
The Honor Medal may be awarded to a youth member or adult leader who has demonstrated unusual heroism and skill in saving or attempting to save life at considerable risk to self.
Hornaday Unit Award - The Hornaday Unit Award may be earned by a Cub Scouting pack, Boy Scouting troop, Varsity Scouting team, Venturing crew or Sea Scout ship that plans and carries out at least one conservation project. This award may be earned by all registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts.
Awards & Insignias
Awards & Insignias
In addition to the Cub Scout Ranks and Electives, Cub Scouts may earn dozens of additional awards that expand upon the basic rank requirements. Cub Scouts may earn Honor awards to recognize outstanding good deeds.
Cub Scout Awards resources include 18 special awards plus 53 Belt Loops & Pins for Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts,