Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award

Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award

If your Cub Scouts attended day camp or resident camp over the summer, you might want to encourage them to work on their 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.

Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award

All ranks must do this:

  • Attend Cub Scout day camp or Cub Scout/ Webelos Scout resident camp.

And each Scout must do one of these, depending on his rank:

  • Tiger Cubs. Complete one requirement in Achievement 5, “Let’s Go Outdoors” (Tiger Cub Handbook) and complete three of the outdoor activities listed below.
  • Wolf Cub Scouts. Assemble the “Six Essentials for Going Outdoors” (Wolf Handbook, Elective 23b) and discuss their purpose, and complete four of the outdoor activities listed below.
  • Bear Cub Scouts. Earn the Cub Scout Leave No Trace Award (Bear Handbook, Elective 25h) and compete five of the outdoor activities listed below.
  • Webelos Scouts. Earn the Outdoorsman Activity Badge (Webelos Handbook); and complete six of the outdoor activities listed below.

Outdoor Activities
With your den, pack, or family:

  • 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 park fun day.
  • 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.
  • Earn 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 aquatic activity. This can be an organized swim meet or just a den or pack 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 Scout’s Own or other worship service.
  • Explore a local city, county, state, or national park. Discuss with your den how a good citizen obeys the park rules.

9 Responses to Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award

  1. becky reed June 8, 2012 at 5:25 PM #

    where is the application??

    • Scouter Mom June 9, 2012 at 7:33 AM #

      I’m not sure there is a specific application. I think we just picked them up. Ask at your local Scout shop.

  2. Richard September 27, 2012 at 9:19 AM #

    How does a Tiger cub get this award? Day and resident camps take place over summer. Technically the Tiger cub becomes a Wolf cub the day after summer vacation begins. So by the time he attends day/resident camp he is a wolf not a tiger. The only way he could get the award as a tiger, is to attend day/resident camp before he actually starts first grade. So any school related program effectively prevents you being able to get this award as a tiger. This makes no sense.

    • Scouter Mom September 27, 2012 at 2:16 PM #

      You can sign up Tigers anytime after they graduate Kindergarten. So they could attend day camp in your council if you do early sign ups.

      • Carla February 19, 2013 at 5:30 PM #

        My son joined June 1 right after he finished kindergarten. He attended day camp 3 weeks later. We only had 2 Tigers at day camp, partly because it’s before traditional recruitment and partly because every Tiger must have a parent with them.

  3. Chris March 11, 2013 at 5:26 PM #

    So what about Tigers who join after Day Camp occurs but still complete the rest of the requirements? They get nothing for all their work? That hardly seems fair.

  4. Christine March 12, 2013 at 3:08 PM #

    Our pack let us count the Day Camp after their year as Tigers, for the same reasons as you express. My son has earned it both the Tiger year and Wolf year so far. Just waiting on Day Camp so he can earn his for this year…Bear rank.

  5. Rebecca May 14, 2013 at 4:52 PM #

    What if my bear already earned his leave no trace last year, does he have to earn it again this year to get the outdoor pin?

    • Scouter Mom May 15, 2013 at 9:43 AM #

      Check with your council or district leadership. Usually to earn a recognition for a certain level, they must complete the achievement while they are at that level.

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