2010: New Leave No Trace Awareness Award:

This award will eventually replacing the above once the BSA runs out of the Red Patches above [LNT 101].  The Awareness Award will be the same for Cub Scouts and Boys Scouts, but different requirements depending upon rank in Cub Scouts

The Program will also be multiple tiered.

Boy Scout Requirements


Boy Scouts and Scouters interested in learning more about outdoor ethics and Leave No Trace should begin by exploring the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award. The requirements are as follows:

1. Recite from memory and explain the meaning of the Outdoor Code:


2. Watch the National Park Service Leave No Trace video. It's on the right side of the page.:


3. Complete the Leave No Trace online youth course . Print the certificate.


4. Earn the Tread Lightly! online course certificate. Print the certificate when you are done.


5. Participate in an outdoor ethics course, workshop, or training activity facilitated by a person who is a BSA outdoor ethics trainer, a LNT trainer / master educator, or a Tread Lightly Tread Trainer / Master Tread Trainer.

Outdoor Ethics Action Award [Level 2]

The Outdoor Ethics Action Award challenges Scouts and Scouters to take affirmative steps to improve their outdoor skills. It is an award tailored for youth that have been participating in the BSA program for a while and wish to deepen their understanding of outdoor ethics and improve their skills in implementing those ethics. This is primarily a youth award, although an adult counterpart that recognizes adults who support youth in earning the award. The award is a specially designed name tag. The requirements for the Outdoor Ethics Action Award are as follows:

Boy Scout Action Award Requirements

1. Do the following:

a. Unless already completed, earn the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award.

b. Complete the BSA outdoor ethics orientation course.

c. Explain how each of the four points of the Outdoor Code guides your actions when outdoors. http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/OutdoorProgram/OutdoorEthics.aspx

2. Do the following:

a. Read Chapter 7 of the Boy Scout Handbook on Leave No Trace.

b. Teach a skill related to the Outdoor Code or Leave No Trace to another Scout in your troop or another Scouting unit.

3. Complete one of the following:

a. Successfully complete a term as your troop Leave No Trace Trainer.

b. Participate in an outing that emphasizes the complete set of Leave No Trace [ http://lnt.org/learn/7-principles] or relevant Tread Lightly! principles [http://treadlightly.org/education/tread-principles/] . All members of the troop articipating in the outing should use the outdoor ethics and the specific skills needed to minimize impacts from their use of the outdoors.

4. Follow the Outdoor Code, Leave No Trace, and Tread Lightly! principles on three outings. Write a paragraph on each outing explaining how you followed the Outdoor Code, Leave No Trace, and Tread Lightly! Share it with your unit leader or an individual who has completed the BSA outdoor ethics orientation course.

5. On a troop outing, help your troop on a service activity that addresses recreational impacts related to the type of outing. The project should be approved in advance by the landowner or land manager and lead to permanent or long-term improvements.

6. Participate in a report at a court of honor or similar family event on the service activity in Requirement 5.

Scouter Action Award Requirements

1. Do the following:

a. Earn the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award.

b. Complete the BSA outdoor ethics orientation course.

c. Discuss with your troop how each of the four points of the Outdoor Code guides your actions when outdoors.

2. Read the North American Skills & Ethics booklet to learn about the principles of Leave No Trace [http://lnt.org/learn/7-principles]. Review the principles of Tread Lightly [http://treadlightly.org/education/tread-principles/] ! Review Chapter 7 of the Boy Scout Handbook and Fieldbook chapters about Leave No Trace, using stoves and campfires, hygiene and waste disposal, and traveling and camping in special environments.

3. Facilitate your troop's leadership in planning and leading an outing that emphasizes the complete set of Leave No Trace or Tread Lightly! principles. All members of the troop participating in the outing should use outdoor ethics and the specific skills to minimize impacts from their use of the outdoors.

4. Help plan and participate in at least three outings where your troop can follow the Outdoor Code and practice the principles of Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly! Facilitate a discussion at the end of the outings.

5. Assist your unit in arranging for a service project emphasizing outdoor ethics with a local landowner or land manager. The project must be approved by the landowner or land manager in advance. Participate in that project. The project should lead to permanent or long-term improvements.

6. Make, or facilitate youth in making, a presentation at a roundtable or similar gathering about what your troop did for Requirement 4.

7. Help at least three Boy Scouts earn the youth Outdoor Ethics Action Award.


Outdoor Ethics Service Recognition Award - Level 3 -

Recognizes youth or adults who have completed advanced training as a LNT trainer or Master Educator or Tread Lightly? trainer or Master Tread trainer or have served as a council Outdoors Ethics Advocate or staffer on training courses, and have used that training to help teach others outdoor ethics principles. The service award is reflected on the specially designed name tag referenced above.

Messengers of Peace

All over the world, Scouts are running projects that help people. They lead peer education programs, help the poor and the hungry, create solutions to environmental problems, and run countless other service projects. Messengers of Peace is the initiative that brings all of this work together.  This award is obtained by working on a service project that falls into one of three domains:

  1. The personal dimension: harmony, justice, and equality
  2. The community dimension: peace as opposed to hostility or violent conflict
  3. Relationships between humankind and its environment: security, social and economic welfare, and relationship with the environment

Any Scout or Scouter who participates in a project that has had a significant impact on the community in any one of the three dimensions above can qualify as a Messenger of Peace and is eligible to wear a Messengers of Peace ring patch around the World Crest on his or her uniform.  It can be - but does NOT have to be - related to an Eagle Project.    As long as the Charter Organization Representative or Committee Representative - along with the Scout Master - approves the project, it qualifies.  Some ideas can be found here

Religious Emblems Awards Program:
As part of Duty to God the BSA encourages boys to pursue the Purple Knot and corresponding religious emblem of their chosen faith.  PRAYPUB.ORG is the organization recognized by the BSA to help facilitate the achievement of most of the faith based awards.

STEM / Nova [Boy Scouts]
STEM is an acronym representing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
There are four Nova awards in each program — one for each STEM area — and a member can earn all four in each program level. Completion of any Nova award earns a youth member the right to wear the Nova award patch. Completion of each additional STEM Nova award is recognized by a pi (π) pin placed on the patch.
Nova Awards for Boy Scouts

Supernova Awards for Boy Scouts

Corresponding Merit Badges [followed by the corresponding Nova category(s)]:

American Business - Desinged to Crunch!

Archery  - Shoot! - Whoosh!

Astronomy  - Shoot!

Athletics  - Shoot!

Automotive Maintenance - Start your Engines!

Aviation  - Shoot!  - Start your Engines! - Whoosh!

Canoeing  - Start your Engines!

Chess  -Desinged to Crunch!

Composite Materials  - Whoosh!

Computers  - Desinged to Crunch!

Cycling  - Start your Engines!

Drafting  - Whoosh!  - Desinged to Crunch!  - Start your Engines!

Electricity  - Start your Engines!

Electronics  - Whoosh!

Engineering  - Whoosh!

Energy  - Start your Engines!

Entrepreneurship   - Desinged to Crunch!

Farm Mechanics - Start your Engines!

Inventing  - Whoosh!

Model Design and Building  - Whoosh!

Motorboating - Start your Engines!

Nuclear Science - Start your Engines!

Orienteering - Desinged to Crunch!

Personal Management - Desinged to Crunch!

Radio  - Desinged to Crunch!

Railroading - Start your Engines!  - Whoosh!

Rifle Shooting - Shoot!  - Whoosh!

Robotics - Shoot!  - Whoosh!

Shotgun Shooting - Shoot!  - Whoosh!

Small-Boat Sailing - Start your Engines!

Space Exploration - Shoot!  - Start your Engines!

Surveying - Desinged to Crunch!

Truck Transportation - Start your Engines!

Weather - Shoot!  - Desinged to Crunch!

More information can be found here: http://www.scouting.org/seabase/sitecore/content/scouting/stem.aspx



World Conservation [Boy Scouts]

Breaking NEWS!  

December 16, 2016

World Conservation Award Revision

Whether you know the World Conservation Award as the “panda patch” or as the award that encourages Scouts and Venturers to think globally and act locally to improve and conserve our environment, there’s something you need to know.

The BSA National Conservation and Environment Task Force has announced new requirements for the Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturing/Sea Scout versions of the World Conservation Award. The new requirements, which are now in effect, can be found at this link OR on the AWARDS tab of our website.

Once earned, the award goes in the temporary patch location on the right pocket.

The new requirements reflect the recent changes to the BSA advancement programs and the addition of the Eagle-required Sustainability merit badge.  Plus, the Boy Scout and Venturing/Sea Scout versions of the award now seek to build greater awareness of global environmental concerns and a need for social responsibility.

Please see Mr. Vreeland if you are interested further.
William T Hornaday Award - Distinguished Medal for Conservation:
Think of It as an Olympic Medal Bestowed by the Earth.

The following merit badges and project categories are the building blocks for a Scout to earn a Hornaday Award. See the Hornaday application for the Venturing requirements.

 The official BSA information can be found here. In summary:

You must be a First Class Scout or a Venturer, and you must have a conservation adviser. Then you do your homework to fulfill the advancement requirements and conservation projects you want to complete. 
The following merit badges and project categories are the building blocks for a Scout to earn a Hornaday Award.
Key Ones:
    Energy          Environmental Science           Fish and Wildlife Management
    Forestry        Public Health                            Soil and Water Conservation

Bird Study                              Fishing                     Fly-Fishing         Gardening               Geology                  Insect Study          
Landscape Architecture         Mammal Study         Nature                Nuclear Science       Oceanography       Plant Science       
Pulp and Paper                     Reptile and Amphibian Study              Weather

*FOR THE HORNADAY BADGE, Scouts earn three of the merit badges listed above in boldface, plus any two others. Then plan, lead, and carry out a significant project in natural resource conservation, from one of the project categories listed.

*FOR THE HORNADAY BRONZE MEDAL, Scouts earn the Environmental Science merit badge and at least three additional merit badges listed above in boldface, plus any two others. Then plan, lead, and carry out three significant projects from three separate categories listed.

*FOR THE HORNADAY SILVER MEDAL, Scouts earn all the merit badges listed above in boldface, plus any three others. Then plan, lead, and carry out four significant projects in natural resource conservation or environmental improvements, one each from four of the eight project categories listed.

  • Energy conservation
  • Soil and water conservation
  • Fish and wildlife management
  • Forestry and range management
  • Air and water pollution control
  • Resource recovery (recycling)
  • Hazardous material disposal and management
  • Invasive species control
With each of the medals, you also earn the square not pictured above, as noted here.

Capitol Area Council has a Hornaday weekend in Bastrop every spring.  It is the only one of it's kind in Texas and many people from Longhorn council have gone there.  Registration is limited.  Find more at http://www.hornadaybsa.org/
Click here to see the Hornaday brochure.
Click here to see some ideas from around the U.S.

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