Youth Additional Awards

The Scouting Program has many additional awards that Scouts may work on as an individual. Some of these additional awards are BSA sponsored and some are sponsored by other organizations. Some of these awards may be worn on the Scout uniform while others may be only be worn on the red patch vest.



Interpreter Strip
The Scouting Program has many additional awards that Scouts may work on as an individual, a den, and even as a pack. Some of these additional awards are BSA sponsored and some are sponsored by other organizations. Some of these awards may be worn on the Scout uniform while others may be only be worn on the red patch vest. All of these additional,Boys and adults may wear this strip if they show their knowledge of a foreign language or the sign language for the hearing impaired


Recruiter Strip
A Recruiter Strip is awarded to a Cub Scout the first time he is successful in getting a friend, relative, classmate, or other acquaintance to join his pack The Recruiter Strip is worn below the right pocket of the uniform.


Whittling Chip Card
Bear Scouts and Webelos Scouts can earn the Whittling Chip card, which gives them the privilege of carrying a pocketknife at Cub Scout functions only. The Scout must understand the rules for safe use of a pocketknife and handle his pocketknife with care. Failure to follow the guidelines will result in suspension of the carrying privilege. BSA guidelines provide that the knife must be a folding knife with a blade shorter than the palm of the boys hand. Wittling Chip requirements can be found in the Bear Claws adventure of the Bear Handbook and the Certification form can be found here


Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award
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 time the award is earned, a wolf track pin may be added to the flap. Boys can build on skills and experiences from previous years when working on the award for a successive year. The full list of requirements are available here


Leave No Trace Award
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and inspiring responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships. Leave No Trace builds awareness, appreciation and respect for our environment. In conjunction with the BSA, Scouts and Scout Leaders can earn the Leave No Trace Award. This is a temporary patch that can be worn off the button of the right shirt pocket (only one temporary patch may be worn at a time). Learn more about the award here


BSA Family Award
The BSA Family Award program includes a series of activities designed to help strengthen all families--whether two-parent, single-parent, or other. This program was designed to help families accomplish worthy goals while building and strengthening relationships among family members. All family members are encouraged to participate and may earn the awards. You can learn more about the award here or the BSA family activity book here.


Shooting Sports Award
This award is offered in three disciplines: BB guns, archery, and slingshots. One dicipline can be chosen to earn the patch The only restriction is that Level 1 requirements must be completed first, followed by the Level 2 requirements in the same discipline. The shooting sports awards may ONLY be earned at a district or council event, similar to day camp, resident camp,and Cub Fun Day. Qualified leadership must also be present at the event. Learn more about the program here. FAQ's can be found here.


Cub Scout World Conservation Award
The World Conservation Award provides an opportunity for individual Cub Scouts 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 are interdependent with our world environment The World Conservation Award is worn on the uniform shirt, centered on the right pocket as a temporary patch. The World Conservation Award can be earned only once while you are in Cub Scouting. The full requirements and application are available here.


Cyber Chip
To help families and volunteers keep youth safe while online, the Boy Scouts of America introduces the Cyber Chip. In developing this exciting new tool, the BSA teamed up with content expert NetSmartz®, part of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® and training expert for many law enforcement agencies. Learn more or take the corurse here.


Donor Awareness
A Donor Awareness patch is presented to a Scout the first time he succeeds in recruiting an adult family member, friend, relative, or other acquaintance as an organ donor, and to fill out and carry an organ donor card. The form is located here


Emergency Preparedness Award
The Emergency Preparedness Award is part of a BSA program of emphasis for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Leaders, in cooperation with the Federal Department of Homeland Security. Separate age appropriate requirements have been developed. The award may earned more than once, but only one pin may be worn. A completed application is submitted to the council and 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. Requirements for each scouting level can be found here


Messengers of Peace Emblem
Scouts who complete Messenger of peace (MOP) projects will be eligible for a special recognition: a ring patch that goes around the World Crest. That patch will symbolize their participation in an ever-widening circle of Scouts who are not just visualizing world peace but are helping to make it a reality. Learn more about the emblem here


Nova Award
The Nova awards for Cub Scouts are for Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts who are interested in learning more about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These awards may not be earned by Tiger Scouts. For their first Nova awards, Scouts have the opportunity to earn the Nova award patch, followed by three more À pin-on devices. The patch and the three devices represent each of the four STEM topics. The Supernova awards have more challenging requirements and recognize more in-depth, advanced achievement in STEM related activities. The requirements can be found here