Awards & Insignia
Awards & Insignia
Cub Scout National Summertime Awards
Pack – The purpose of the National Summertime Award is to encourage packs to provide a year-round program by continuing to meet during the time periods when school is out of session for several months. A pack can qualify for the National Summertime Pack Award by planning and conducting three pack activities – one each in June, July, and August. Qualifying packs receive a colorful streamer for their pack flag.
Scout – Children who participate in three summertime pack events (one each in June, July, and August) are eligible to receive the National Summertime Award pin. The pin is worn on the right pocket flap of the Cub Scout Uniform, pinned onto the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award, if present. Multiple pins may be displayed for each year the award is earned.
Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award
Children may earn the award in each of the program years as long as the requirements are completed each year. The first time the award is earned, the boy will receive the pocket flap award, which is to be worn on the right pocket flap of the uniform shirt. Each successive year the award is earned, a wolf track pin may be added to the flap. Leaders should encourage scouts to build on skills and experiences from previous years when working on the award for a successive year.
All Ranks – Attend Cub Scout day camp or Cub Scout/Webelos Scout resident camp.
Tiger – Complete the Backyard Jungle adventure from the Tiger Handbook, and complete four of the outdoor activities listed below.
Wolf – Complete the Paws on the Path adventure from the Wolf Handbook, and complete five of the outdoor activities listed below.
Bear – Complete the Bear Necessities adventure from the Bear Handbook, and complete six of the outdoor activities listed below.
Webelos – Complete the Webelos Walkabout adventure from the Webelos Handbook, and complete seven of the outdoor activities listed below.
These activities must be in addition to any similar activities counted for rank advancement, and can be accomplished as a family, den, or pack.
World Conservation Award
Can be earned by Wolf, Bear or Webelos, but not Tigers.
The World Conservation Award provides an opportunity for individual Wolf Cub Scouts, Bear Cub Scouts, Webelos Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Sea Scouts, and Venturers to “think globally” and “act locally” to preserve and improve our environment. This program is designed to make youth members aware that all nations are closely related through natural resources, and that we and our world environment are interdependent.
Requirements for this award must be completed in addition to any similar requirements completed for rank.
Webelos Scouts (Including Scouts Earning the Arrow of Light Rank)
Cub Scout Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award
Cub Scouts and their leaders interested in learning more about outdoor ethics and Leave No Trace should begin by exploring the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award.
Note: Requirement No. 4 for the Cub Scout Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award says to “participate in an outdoor ethics activity facilitated by a person who has completed the BSA outdoor ethics orientation course or is a BSA outdoor ethics trainer or master.”
Youth Religious Emblem
Many religious-faith groups have programs of intensive religious education for individual Cub Scouts (Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos) Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Explorers, and Venturers. Religious Emblems are designed to recognize youth and adults who demonstrate faith, observe the creeds or principles of the faith, and give service. Religious emblems are not Scouting awards; they are presented by religious groups to boys who earn them.
The Religious Emblems programs are administered by various religious institutions and recognized, but not sponsored, by the BSA. If earned as a cub scout, this emblem can be transferred and worn on a Boy Scout Uniform.
Emergency Preparedness Award
From its beginning, the Scouting movement has taught young people to do their best, to do their duty to God and country, to help others, and to prepare themselves physically, mentally, and morally to meet these goals. The basic aims of Scouting include teaching young people to take care of themselves, to be helpful to others, and to develop courage, self-reliance, and the ability to be ready to serve in an emergency.
The Emergency Preparedness BSA Award, first introduced in 2003 and updated in 2014, was designed with the aims mentioned above in mind. The award has been earned by tens of thousands of Scouts and Scouters individually, with their unit, or at a large event such as a jamboree. By developing these lifelong skills, Scouts have been instrumental in helping their communities recover from emergencies.When an emergency does occur, it can affect every BSA youth and adult member in the immediate area. Earning the award teaches participants to respond first, as an individual; second, as a member of a family; and third, as a member of a Scouting unit serving their neighborhood and community. This award will allow all Scouts and Scouters to become informed, be prepared, and act promptly and appropriately in the event of emergencies, whether they are natural or man-made.
Scouts and adult leaders can earn the individual Emergency Preparedness Award. Meanwhile, units, districts, and councils can work toward earning the bronze, silver, or gold achievement level. The awards are available at local Scout shops once specific requirements for each rank or achievement level have been met.
When a member has fulfilled the requirements, a completed application is submitted to the council. Upon approval, an Emergency Preparedness pin is awarded. The pin may be worn on civilian clothing or on the uniform, centered on the left pocket flap. The award may be earned more than once; for instance, as a young person advances through the ranks and is capable of more complex preparedness activities, but only one pin may be worn.
Tiger Cub Scout Requirements
Wolf Cub Scout Requirements
Bear Cub Scout Requirements
Webelos Scout Requirements
There are four Nova awards for Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Cub Scouts, four for Boy Scouts, and four for Venturers and Sea Scouts. Each award at each program level covers one component of STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics. There are also Super NOVA awards available, 1 for Wolf to Bear Cub Scouts, 1 for Webelos Cub Scouts, 1 for Boy Scouts, and 1 for Sea Scouts and Venturers.
The requirements for this award are too extensive to list. Please see STEM/Nova Requirements on the Scouting.org website.
For their first Nova award, Scouts earn the distinctive Nova award patch shown above. After that, a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturer, or Sea Scout can earn three more Nova awards, each one recognized with a separate pi (π) pin-on device, shown to the left, that attaches to the patch . The patch and the three devices represent each of the four STEM topics – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Medal of Merit – The Medal of Merit may be awarded to a youth member or adult leader who has performed some outstanding act of service of a rare or exceptional character that reflects an uncommon degree of concern for the well-being of others.
Heroism Award –
The Heroism Award may be awarded to a youth member or adult leader who has demonstrated heroism and skill in saving or attempting to save life at minimum risk to self.
Honor Medal –
The Honor Medal may be awarded to a youth member or adult leader who has demonstrated unusual heroism and skill in saving or attempting to save life at considerable risk to self.
James E. West Fellowship Award – Scout or Scouter. For a donation of $1,000 or more to a council endowment. This award may be presented to a registered Tiger,Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts.