What are some other awards Scouts can earn?
In addition to ranks and merit badges, young men and women in Scouts BSA can earn other Scout awards, including
Details, Resources, and Helps for other Scout awards
This award recognizes young men and women in Scouts BSA and Venturing who have planned and executed a historic outdoor activity in cooperation with a local society.
To complete the requirements for the National Outdoor Award Adventure Segment, a Scout or Venturer must learn to be prepared during outdoor adventures. He or she must also complete a challenging backpacking, paddling, sailing, climbing, or other high-adventure activity. See the specifics , along with some related helps and awards.
The Kayaking BSA Award recognizes Scouts and Venturers who have developed the skills for a safe kayaking experience. Kayaking is so much fun! My husband and I own a couple of kayaks and we love to go out paddling on the water.
Scouts of all ages are guided by the Outdoor Code and the principles of Leave No Trace when they participate in outdoor activities. Members of Scouts BSA, Venturers, and adult Scouters can earn the Outdoor Ethics Awareness award to learn about being responsible citizens while outdoors.
Scouts BSA can earn this award by creating an emergency plan, earning the First Aid or Emergency Preparedness merit badge, and completing an online course from the Federal Emergency Management Institute (FEMA).
The BSA Cyber Chip program encourages Scouts to learn how to use their electronic devices safely. Some of the issues the program addresses are protecting personal information, cyber bullying, appropriate use of social media, cell phones, texting, and netiquette.
Nova Awards are the BSA Awards focused on STEM – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
An interpreter strip shows which languages a Scout is familiar with. It is worn above the “Boy Scouts of America” strip on the uniform. This emblem can be worn by Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, or adults.
The Stand Up Paddleboarding Award recognizes Scouts who have developed the skills to safely enjoy the aquatic activity of paddleboarding. I have enjoyed paddleboarding at summer camp. With a little knowledge practice it is a fun aquatics activity. I was surprised that it is easier than it looks!
Youth earn the Scouts BSA World Conservation Award when they earn conservation related merit badges and participate in a conservation project as part of an approved Scouting program totaling at least three hours that addresses a conservation need common to more than one country .
The Boy Scouts of America offers a special Morse Code interpreter strip for any youth or adult who demonstrates proficiency in Morse Code. The strip may be worn on the uniform.
The purpose of this award is to introduce Scouts to the life of a great American, James M. Stewart. The Jimmy Stewart Museum is offering this award to a Scout or Scouter who has exemplified the characteristics necessary to live the life of a good citizen.
Scuba is a fun way to explore the underwater world. Members of Scouts BSA, Venturers, and adult Scouters can earn the Scuba BSA award by learning to dive safely and putting their skills to use.
The Den Chief Award recognizes Scouts and Venturers who serve a Cub Scout den for one year, are trained, and are active members of their Troop or Crew. The award is a red, white, and blue cord, which is worn on the left shoulder under the epaulet. A certificate is also available.
The 50 Miler award recognizes young men and women in Scouts BSA and Venturing who hike, paddle, or ride a total of 50 miles over at least 5 consecutive days. The trek must be completed without using motors. Riding can be cycling or horseback riding. To earn the award, members of your unit must plan and participate in a service project.
To complete the requirements for the National Outdoor Award Aquatics Segment, a Scout or Venturer must be a proficient swimmer, have some lifesaving skills, complete the mile swim, and spend some time enjoying aquatics adventures such as swimming, paddling, fishing, or scuba diving.
The International Spirit Award recognizes Scouts and Scouters who learn more about Scouting around the world. By doing the requirements for this award, Scouts and Scouters learn to appreciate different cultures.
Have you invited a friend neighbor, relative, or classmate to join Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, or Venturing? If so, you might be eligible to wear the Recruiter Strip.
Scouts who swim a mile under the supervision of a certified BSA Aquatics Instructor may be presented with the Mile Swim BSA award. The patch is meant to be worn on swim trunks, on the left side.