Awards

There are many different awards available to youth and adults through the Boy Scouts of America (above and beyond the standard youth rank advancements).  These are just a few.  To see ALL of the different awards available for youth and adults, check out Awards Central on the Boy Scouts of America site.

Summary of all of the rank advancements and awards available to youth in BSA.

Get more information about one of the more recent awards available to Scouts.  It's all about Internet Safety!

The Conservation Good Turn is an opportunity for Boy Scout troops to join with conservation or environmental organizations (federal, state, local, or private) to carry out a conservation Good Turn in their home communities.

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.

Click on the link above for Boy Scout requirements for this award. 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 U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) is proud to support Scouting in America through the U.S. Army Youth Certificate of Recognition Program. Scouts who achieve the rank of Eagle are entitled to receive this award at their Court of Honor ceremony. The certificate bears the signature of the Army's Chief of Staff, the most senior four-star general in the U.S. Army. All requests for Youth Certificates of Recognition must be made in writing.

Today, Scouts in dozens of countries are working for peace by solving conflicts in their schools, building links between divided communities, teaching their peers about health and wellness, and repairing environmental damage.  How can BSA units participate? All they have to do is go online and register the MOP-related community service projects (including Eagle Scout projects) they undertake. Doing so adds pins to a global Messengers of Peace map, which Scouts from around the world can click on to learn how their fellow Scouts are making a difference.  Click here for some service project ideas.    (Troop 747 is proud to have participated in a Messenger of Peace project).

One of our strengths is shaping leaders who have a strong foundation of values and who know how to serve others, and we have had 100 years of practice. Now, as we begin to celebrate that rich century of leadership development, we introduce the National Youth Leadership Society. Its purpose is to recognize youth members of the BSA who have learned and practiced outstanding leadership skills—the elite of our program.

To earn the award, members of your unit must plan and participate in a historic activity.  See the link above for details, requirements, and the Historic Trails Award application.


Awards for Leaders:

Earned by Scouters for tenure in the Scouting program.  Applications may be completed and turned in to Council office for recognition.

Quality unit leadership is the key to a quality unit program—and it leads to better Scout retention. Statistics show that if young people stay engaged in the program for at least five years, the BSA’s influence likely will stay with them for the rest of their lives. A quality Scouting experience will help keep Scouts in the program, and the Boy Scouts of America created the Unit Leader Award of Merit to recognize the quality unit leaders who make that happen.

The training awards and keys are designed to recognize unit Scouters for tenure, training, and performance in their leadership roles.  See individual applications for requirements.

Silver Beaver (council level)
To recognize registered Scouters of exceptional character who have provided distinguished service within a council.  Anyone may nominate any deserving registered Scouter to the council, which selects recipients for the following year. Each council may process their own annual allotment of Silver Beaver awards and shall send a list of Silver Beaver awards and shall send a list of Silver Beaver recipients presented each calendar year to the National Court of Honor no later than January 31 of the following year.

Silver Antelope (regional level)
To recognize registered Scouters of exceptional character who have provided distinguished service within a region.  Presented by the National Court of Honor on behalf of regions.  Completed nomination form is submitted to council for local approval then submitted electronically to the National Court of Honor; awards are presented each year at the regional awards luncheon held in conjunction with the BSA National Annual Meeting each May.

Silver Buffalo (national level)
Created in 1925, the Silver Buffalo Award for distinguished service to youth is awarded to those persons who give noteworthy and extraordinary service to youth. This award is Scouting's highest commendation of the invaluable contributions that outstanding Americans make to youth. The service must be national in scope and can be independent of, or directly through, the Boy Scouts of America.