National Outdoor Badges

National Outdoor Badges – Riding

Last August, BSA released its new Outdoor awards. These awards recognize Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts who really get into outdoor activities. The five badges are for camping, hiking, aquatics, riding, and adventure. There is a center badge which is earned when the first badge is earned also. There are also gold and silver devices which can be attached to the badges for additional achievements.

I wrote previous  posts about the camping award and the hiking award. Today I am promoting the riding award. When I first looked at this badge, I didn’t realize that riding covers both horseback riding and bike riding, So hopefully your troop program incorporates one or both of those activities. Springtime is a perfect time of year for both.

I think this series of badges offers a challenge to older scouts who might be getting a little bored. Present the information to your youth leadership and let them think about if they want to incorporate it into their program.

You can learn more about this program at the BSA website.

National Outdoor Badges – Riding

  1. Earn the First Class rank.
  2. Complete at least one of the following:
    1. Cycling merit badge and 100 miles of cycling; or
    2. Horsemanship merit badge and 50 miles of horseback riding.
  3. Complete 200 miles of riding activities, either on a non-motorized bike or a stock animal, under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America, including the miles in requirement 2.

A gold device may be earned for each additional 100 miles of riding. A silver device is earned for each additional 400 miles of riding. The Scout may wear any combination of devices totaling his current number of miles of riding.

2 Responses to National Outdoor Badges – Riding

  1. Scott Moyer May 21, 2012 at 11:49 AM #

    Does requirement 3 mean additional 200 miles or the 100 miles from requirement 2 and another 100 for requirement 3 for 200 total?

    • Scouter Mom May 21, 2012 at 12:39 PM #

      It appears you can count the miles already done for requirement 2 in the 200 for requirement 3. You can always check this with your local council though.

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