Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award

Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award

This is a preview of the changes to the Cub Scout program which go into effect on June 1 2015. See the BSA Program Updates page for complete information.

With the changes to the Cub Scout program, many of the requirements for supplemental awards have to be updated as well. One of the awards with new requirements is the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award. This award encourages Cub Scouts to get outdoors and develop their skills.

Cub Scouts can earn this award during each of their program years (Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos). The first year they earn it, they get a pocket flap which can be worn on the right pocket of the uniform. After that, they get a pin to display on the pocket flap. The requirements are a little different depending on which year they are in, so read the requirements carefully.

Requirements for the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award

All Ranks

Attend Cub Scout day camp or Cub Scout/Webelos Scout resident camp. Additionally, complete the rank-specific requirements as follows:

Tiger Scouts

Complete the Backyard Jungle adventure, and complete four of the outdoor activities listed below.

Wolf Scouts

Complete the Paws on the Path adventure, and complete five of the outdoor activities listed below.

Bear Scouts

Complete the Bear Necessities adventure, and complete six of the outdoor activities listed below.

Webelos Scouts

Complete the Webelos Walkabout adventure, and complete seven of the outdoor activities listed below.

Outdoor Activities

These activities must be in addition to any similar activities counted toward rank advancement and can be accomplished as a family, a den, or a pack.

  • Participate in a nature hike in your local area. This can be on an organized, marked trail, or just a hike to observe nature in your area.
  • Participate in an outdoor activity such as a picnic or a fun day in a park.
  • Explain the buddy system, and tell what to do if lost. Explain the importance of cooperation.
  • Attend a pack overnighter. Be responsible by being prepared for the event.
  • Complete an outdoor service project in your community.
  • Complete a nature/conservation project in your area. This project should involve improving, beautifying, or supporting natural habitats. Discuss how this project helped you to respect nature.
  • Participate in your pack’s earning the Summertime Pack Award.
  • Participate in a nature observation activity. Describe or illustrate and display your observations at a den or pack meeting.
  • Participate in an outdoor aquatics activity. This can be an organized swim meet or just a den, pack, or family swim.
  • Participate in an outdoor campfire program. Perform in a skit, sing a song, or take part in a ceremony.
  • Participate in an outdoor sporting event.
  • Participate in an outdoor Scouts Own or other worship service.
  • Explore a local city, county, state, or national park. Discuss with your den how a good citizen obeys park rules.
  • Invent an outside game, and play it outside with friends for 30 minutes.
Get a printable checkoff list of these requirements for use with your den.

7 Responses to Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award

  1. Stephanie May 14, 2015 at 12:20 PM #

    Regarding the Outdoor Activity Award, say I have a scout, of any rank, who joins in the fall (as most do). He obviously can’t do a day camp or resident camp until the following summer so for the sake of this award, is he still considered his current rank until the end of summer (like with the national summertime award) or does he have to start all over with his new rank starting in June? For example, a tiger that joins in September cant do camp until the following year so does he not qualify to get the patch until the following summer, thus having to then do the wolf requirements if the cutoff is June? I guess my bottom line question is does this award follow a Sept.-Aug. timeline or a June-May timeline?

    • Scouter Mom May 14, 2015 at 3:45 PM #

      Check with your local advancement chair. I have heard different answers for that question. Maybe how this is handled varies from one council to another.

  2. George May 19, 2015 at 7:01 PM #

    In my Pack, summer camp counts towards the rank the scout is working on at the summer camp. As a leader, if the camp attendance can be used for the prior rank, it makes record keeping more challenging. I had scouts attend in their Tiger year and earned the award. When those same Scout attend camp the second summer, they are getting credit for their Wolf year. However new summer camp attendees who had completed Tiger year, would be getting credit for their Tiger year instead. Also note, if you use some online advancement tracking tools, the scouts will have been promoted to their next rank, so entering the prior year award is more challenging.

  3. Debbie June 5, 2015 at 10:53 PM #

    What happens if a scouter does every requirement, but can’t attend any camps due to traveling every summer during camp times?

    • Scouter Mom June 6, 2015 at 7:11 AM #

      This award is for youth, so it is earned by Scouts rather than Scouters. If a youth cannot fulfill the requirements, then he doesn’t earn the award. This is a supplemental award, so it won’t affect advancement. It is just an extra recognition for Scouts who camp and do other outdoor activities.

    • Karen May 8, 2016 at 10:29 PM #

      If summer camp is not feasible this idea may be for you… Our council offers winter day camp sessions. See what’s available in your area by looking up their websites. You may have to go and stay for the day with your son but it will be a memory maker for sure and you can take photos! Good luck!

  4. Paul July 17, 2017 at 6:35 PM #

    Can adults earn this?

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