Boy Scout Awards

Reference material about some of the awards and recognitions available to Boy Scouts.

The National Outdoor Achievement Award

The National Outdoor Achievement Award (No. 430-509) recognizes Scouts BSA/Varsity Scouts that excel in outdoor participation. The award consists of five areas of emphasis (camping, aquatics, hiking, riding and adventure) with rigorous requirements to earn each segment. For Scouts looking for an extra challenge, the National Medal for Outdoor Achievement. This challenging award requires earning at least three of the National Outdoor Achievement segments, planning and leading a trek, earning Wilderness First Aid and becoming a Leave No Trace Trainer as well as several other requirements.

Conservation Good Turn

The Conservation Good Turn is an opportunity for Cub Scout packs, Scouts BSA, Varsity Scout teams, and Venturing crews to join with conservation or environmental organizations (federal, state, local, or private) to carry out a conservation Good Turn in their home communities.

Scouts BSA Requirements

Scouts BSA provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The steps in the advancement system help our youth to grow in self-reliance and in their ability to help others.

Guide to Advancement 

This book helps council and district advancement administrators—volunteer and professional—understand and implement the advancement programs of the Boy Scouts of America.

Rank Requirement Changes for 2016

The centennial edition of the Boy Scout Handbook is now available. The rank requirement changes that were introduced in the new handbook effective January 1, 2016, are the latest changes to date. A Scout should complete the requirements he is working on, and when he advances to the next rank he should then begin using the new requirements.

Invite Friends Electronically

A new feature is available to Scouts and leaders to help a Scouts complete the new First Class requirement that states he must invite a friend to a troop meeting or activity.

Eagle Scouts

To earn the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement rank in Scouting, Scouts BSA troops must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service, and outdoor skills.

Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook 

This workbook will help Life Scouts plan and complete the Eagle Scout service project.

Ready & Prepared Award

The BSA Ready & Prepared Award was developed to encourage and reward Scouts BSA troops, Varsity Scout teams, and Venturing crews that incorporate safe practices while enjoying challenging activities.

Keep America Beautiful Inc. Hometown U.S.A. Award

The Hometown U.S.A. Award is a joint program between Keep America Beautiful Inc. (KAB) and the Boy Scouts of America. It is designed to give recognition to the outstanding efforts of Scouts in their communities in regard to citizenship and environmental improvement.

Emergency Preparedness BSA

The emergencies of today's world demand more than ever that our young people and adults be trained as individuals and as units to meet emergency situations. This program fosters skills in our youth and adult members so that they can participate effectively in this crucial service to their families, communities, and nation.

Merit Badge Program

The merit badge program, which provides opportunities for youth to explore more than a hundred fields of skill and knowledge, plays a key role in the fulfillment of Scouting's educational commitment.

Religious Emblems

To encourage members to grow stronger in their faith, religious groups have developed religious emblems programs.

Etz Chaim Award

The Etz Chaim (Tree of Life) Award is designed for Scouts BSA ages 14 to 17 and Venturers ages 14 to 20. The purpose of the award is to encourage the young adult to explore adult Jewish roles in the context of family, community, and Jewish people.

William T. Hornaday Awards

The goal of this awards program is to encourage and recognize outstanding efforts in natural resource conservation and environmental protection.

U.S. Army Youth Certificate of Recognition

Scouts who achieve the rank of Eagle are entitled to receive the U.S. Army Youth Certificate of Recognition at their Court of Honor ceremony.

The Principles of Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace is an awareness of our impact on the environment that teaches us to respect the rights of other users of the outdoors as well as future generations.

Spirit of the Eagle Award

The Boy Scouts of America has created the Spirit of the Eagle Award as an honorary, posthumous special recognition for a registered youth member who has lost his or her life in an accident or through illness.