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Youth Awards

Besides the advancement awards, Scouts may earn other individual awards. For a complete list of all awards within the Boy Scouts of America, visit Awards Central.

Complete Angler Award
The Complete Angler Recognition was established by the BSA National Fishing Task Force in October 2014 for the purpose of providing and recognizing a well-rounded youth angler within the Boy Scouts of America. Scouts who have earned the three fishing-related merit badges— Fishing, Fly-Fishing, and Fish and Wildlife Management—can be recognized as a BSA Complete Angler. Learn more here.

Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award
Tiger Cubs, Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts may earn the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award. This award recognizes the Scout for taking part in outdoor recreation and conservation projects. In many cases, you can earn this award while doing other Scouting activities. Click here for more information about this award.

Religious Emblems
To encourage members to grow stronger in their faith, many religious groups have programs for young people to earn a religious emblem. The Boy Scouts of America approves of these programs and allows the religious emblems to be worn on the official uniform.

For a list of emblems programs, and a list of awards provided by each faith or religious group, see the Religious Emblems Programs page.

Scouting’s Outdoor Ethics Awareness and Action Awards
Outdoor Ethics Awareness (Formerly Leave No Trace) is a plan that helps people take better care of the environment and protect it for future generations. All Scouting programs (Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing) are able to work towards this award. Click here for more information.

For Requirement No. 4 for the Cub Scout Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award, you can contact Mike Herries at mdherries@att.net.

Emergency Preparedness Award
“Emergency preparedness” means being ready for all kinds of emergencies. It means you’re ready and able to help in times of trouble to save lives and property and to help a community—or even a nation—get back to normal after a disaster happens. To encourage Scouts of all ages to be prepared for emergencies, the BSA has approved an Emergency Preparedness Award program for members of all ages. To learn more about the award requirements and to download an application form, visit the Emergency Preparedness Award page.

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.

World Conservation Award
You can earn this award by earning the following merit badges:

  1. Environmental Science merit badge
  2. Either Soil and Water Conservation OR Fish and Wildlife Management merit badge
  3. Citizenship in the World merit badge

Apply for the World Conservation Award here.

Lifesaving Awards

Visit the Lifesaving and Meritorious Action Awards page for more information.

Honor Medal With Crossed Palms
The Honor Medal With Crossed Palms may be awarded in exceptional cases to a youth member or adult leader who has demonstrated unusual heroism and extraordinary skill or resourcefulness in saving or attempting to save a life at extreme 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 a life at considerable risk to self.

Meritorious Action Awards

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.

National Certificate of Merit
The National Certificate of Merit may be awarded to a youth member or adult leader who has performed a significant act of service that is deserving of special national recognition.

Conservation Award

William T. Hornaday Award
This award program was created to recognize those who have made significant contributions to conservation.