Youth Awards & Information 

Reference material about some of the awards and recognitions available to Scouts of different age groups.

Conservation Good Turn

The Conservation Good Turn is an opportunity for Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, 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.

Centennial Recruiter Patch

Scouts can earn a new Centennial Recruiter patch by recruiting a boy into their troop this fall.

Boy Scout Requirements

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

Rank Requirement Changes for 2010

The centennial edition of the Boy Scout Handbook will soon be available, and with the new handbook come several rank requirement changes that will be in effect as of January 1, 2010. Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class Rank Requirements

This series of videos (which may also be downloaded as podcasts) demonstrate how to fulfill each and every requirement for the first three ranks of Boy Scouting.

Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures

This book helps council and district advancement committees understand and implement the advancement programs and procedures of the Boy Scouts of America. Regardless of the structure in a council or a district, advancement must be promoted, as detailed in this book, to achieve a successful program in the lives of youth members.

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.

Ready & Prepared Award

The BSA Ready & Prepared Award was developed to encourage and reward Boy Scout 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.

To Be Physically Fit

The BSA Physical Fitness Award is designed to heighten fitness awareness and to help change the lifestyles of American youth and adults to improve the quality of their lives.

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 Boy Scouts 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.

International Recognitions

Insignia and awards are available to show your involvement in the world Scouting movement.

BSA Insignia Guide

Th BSA Insignia Guide presents detailed information to enable our members to wear the correct complete uniform on all suitable occasions.

Introductory Guide for Merit Badge Counselors

The merit badge counselor is a key player in the Boy Scout advancement program. By serving as a merit badge counselor, you offer your time, knowledge, and other resources so that Scouts can explore a topic of interest.

Centennial Quality Awards Program

The Centennial Quality Awards program is designed to recognize units, districts, councils, areas, and regions in achieving excellence in providing a quality program to a growing youth population in America at all levels of the Boy Scouts of America.

Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class Rank Requirements

This series of videos (which may also be downloaded as podcasts) demonstrate how to fulfill each and every requirement for the first three ranks of Boy Scouting.

Eagle Scouts Fact Sheet

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

Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook

This workbook will help Life Scouts plan and record their progress toward Eagle and complete and submit a final report.

Eagle Scout Rank Application

This is an electronic version of the Eagle Scout rank application.

To Be Physically Fit

The BSA Physical Fitness Award is designed to heighten fitness awareness and to help change the lifestyles of American youth and adults to improve the quality of their lives.

The 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.

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.