Scouting Program Archives: Awards

Special Awards for the Scouting program


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Fire Safety Merit Badge for Boy ScoutsFire Safety Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  Boy Scouts love building fires. They can learn how to be safe around planned and unplanned fires by earning the Fire Safety merit badge.

 

Horsemanship Merit BadgeHorsemanship Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  This is one our older scouts sometimes work on at summer camp. They usually require them to be 13 or 14 years old though, because the smaller guys have a hard time saddling the horse without assistance. There is only one part they don't like - the test about the parts of the horse and diseases.

 

ConservationFinding Out About Endangered Species in Your Area  Conservation and Scouting go hand in hand. Since getting outdoors is a big part of the Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs, it makes sense that we should teach Scouts about protecting our natural resources. The US Fish and Wildlife Service has an Endangered Species Page where you can look up endangered species in your state or even your county. There is also a Weird and Wonderful Wildlife Page on the site where kids can learn about 14 different endagered species and play some games to find out even more.

 

Bike Helmet and Water BottleBSA Bike Safety Guidelines  BSA has a list of bike safety guidelines on the Scouting.org site. The guidelines and procedures apply to all BSA unit, council, and national program activities involving bicycling.

 

Cycling Merit BadgeCycling Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  We haven't had anyone earn this badge in recent memory. The Scouts in our troop always earn the Swimming merit badge their first year at summer camp. The troop does go out riding occasionally, especially on Grant's Trail which is very close to us. They have considered doing a longer camping/biking trip on the Katy Trail, but no Scout has stepped forward to plan that yet

 

BicycleBicycle Riding Log  For some cycling recogintions, Scouts must record the time or distance spent riding. A basic log sheet is located at the bottom of this post to help you complete this. If you really become interested in cycling, you might consider getting a simple bike computer to aid you in figuring out this data. These devices record the time spent riding, mileage, average speed, and more.

 

Friends SwimmingSafe Swim Defense  Safe Swim Defense provides the steps which a BSA unit must take to safely participate in an activity which involves swimming.

 

Swimming Merit BadgeSwimming Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  Our first year Boy Scouts almost always work on Swimming merit badge at summer camp. At our council camps, it is always integrated into the program for first year campers. This works well because the requirements for this badge overlap with the aquatics requirements for Second Class and First Class.

 

LifesaverBSA Swim Test  Pack your swimsuit on top. Those are always the instructions when packing for summer camp, because one of the first things we will have to do when we get there is the swim test. The BSA swim test is used to determine ability level so that participants can swim in an area which is appropriate for them.

 

kayakKayaking BSA Award  One of the fun things Boy Scouts get to do at many summer camps is kayaking. When I am at Boy Scout camp, I always try to find some time to go kayaking on the lake. There is no merit badge specifically for kayaking like there is for canoeing or rowing on a lake, but there is the Kayaking BSA award.

 

CampfireFirem'n Chit Certification  Boy Scouts are going to build fires. That is pretty much a given. So they should be trained to use fire safely. This BSA certification provides a set of rules which can be used for training with Scouts. A pocket card is also available at your local Scout shop, to indicate that the Scout has completed the training and agrees to the rules.

 

Inspiration and MotivationScoutmaster Minute - Cheerful Service  With Order of the Arrow elections approaching in the coming months, I though I'd share this Scoutmaster minute about cheerful service. It will help the troop remember what they should be basing their votes on and it should help current OA members remember the ideals they should be trying to live up to.

 

Emergency Preparedness BSAEmergency Preparedness BSA - Cub Scout Requirements  This award is all about emergency preparedness. Today I am sharing the Cub Scout requirements. This might make a nice theme for a pack event. There are different requirements for Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Scouters.

 

National Outdoor BadgesNational Outdoor Badges - Adventure  I wrote previous posts about the camping award, the hiking award, the riding award, and the aquatics award. Today I am promoting the adventure award - the last in the series.

 

National Outdoor BadgesNational Outdoor Badges - Aquatics  This award is for Boy Scouts who can't get enough time on the water.

 

National Outdoor BadgesNational Outdoor Badges - Riding  When I first looked at this badge, I didn’t realize that riding covers both horseback riding and bike riding, Hopefully your Boy Scout troop program includes one or both of those activities.

 

National Outdoor BadgesNational Outdoor Badges - Hiking  I don't think anyone in our troop has come close to doing this much hiking, but we do have a group currently training for Philmont, so maybe they will make these goals.

 

Forest Hike60 Hikes Within 60 Miles Book Series  We are coming up on some prime hiking season. In the spring the temperatures are mild and it isn't buggy yet. So I am reviewing my favorite hiking book - 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles. Hopefully there is one available in your area.

 

National Outdoor BadgesNational Outdoor Badges - Camping   If you have some enthusiastic campers in your troop, they might have completed the requirements already.

 

CSWorldConservationCub Scout World Conservation Award  This award is available to Wolves, Bears, and Webelos. The purpose of the award is to help Cub Scouts think about how we are all interdependent on our environment. The requirements are differnent depending which year the Cub Scout is in.

 

Forest HikeOutdoor Essentials for Cub Scouts  Even as winter approaches and it gets to cold for the Cub Scouts to get out tent camping, we can still get them outdoors on a day hike. Make sure your Cub Scouts know the 10 Outdoor Essentials.

 

Leave-No-TraceBoy Scout Leave No Trace Award  Boy Scouts will complete a couple of the requirements for the Boy Scout Leave No Trace award while working their way toward Eagle Scout.

 

Leave-No-TraceDisposing of Dishwater at Camp  Scouts should know how to dispose of water which has been used for cleaning dishes, which is also known as gray water. One easy way to strain dishwater is to use a plastic grocery bag.

 

PocketknifeBear Den Meeting Plan - Shavings and Chips  Bear Achievement 19 - Shavings and Chips - was a favorite with both of my dens. Why? Because it's all about pocketknives.

 

Cub Scout Outdoor Activity AwardCub 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.

 

Friends SwimmingNational Summertime Pack Award  Hopefully your Cub Scout Pack will remain active this summer. If your Pack has one activity each month, you might qualify for the National Summertime Pack Award.

 

Order of the ArrowWhat Is the Order of the Arrow?  Some of you may have Boy Scouts in your families who are in the process of becoming members of the Order of the Arrow. Just when you thought you were getting a grasp on Boy Scouts, they threw something new at you!

 

LeafOutdoor Scavenger Hunt  Doing a scavenger hunt while hiking will help scouts really explore the world around them while they are walking. This post includes a suggested list in printable format.

 

Leave No TraceLeave No Trace Frontcountry Guidelines  Leave No Trace is an outdoor ethics program which encourages responsible use of outdoor resources. The frontcountry guidelines are the guidelines for day-use areas like parks and trails.

 

Safety AfloatSafety Afloat  Before embarking on a boating activity with your scouts, make sure everyone is aware of the Safety Afloat guidelines.