Optional Awards

Besides earning their advancement Ranks and Arrowpoints, there are many awards available for active and ambitious Cub Scouts to earn. Often, you will find that a Scout has already fulfilled most of the requirements for a particular award and only needs to do one or two additional requirements to finish. But the biggest obstacle blocking him from getting it is that neither he, his parents, nor his Scout leaders are aware of the award. Below is a list of optional awards and their requirements to hopefully help everyone out. For information on the award placement, please visit the Uniform page.

Since it can be tough to remember all these awards, here are some printable requirements lists that you can fold and tape into the back of your Wolf, Bear, or Webelos Handbook:

Wolf   Bear  Webelos



Attendance Pin

This pin is awarded to those Scouts who have perfect attendance at Pack Meetings for one year. For every additional year with perfect attendance, a new bar may be added to the bottom showing the number of years earned. This is worn above the left pocket like Service Stars. There are no special requirements other than being at Pack Meeting for any 12 months in a row. You may earn this award up to 3 times.


BSA Fun for the Family Award

The BSA Fun for the Family Award program offers activities to help strengthen all families—whether two-parent, single-parent, or nontraditional. This program helps families accomplish worthy goals while building and strengthening relationships among family members. All family members are encouraged to participate and may earn the award. Recently, it has been split into 5 smaller, separate awards to make earning it more manageable. Your family may earn each patch and pin once each.

Fun for the Family Award



Conservation Good Turn Award


The Conservation Good Turn Award is a an environmentally centered award that a Den or Pack can earn together (boys cannot earn this alone). It involves doing a larger service project to benefit the community. This is a temporary patch that may be worn on the right pocket. Your den or pack may earn this award once each year.

Conservation Good Turn Requirements (PDF)

Conservation Good Turn Application (PDF)


Crime Prevention Award

Part of developing character and citizenship is learning about the law and how to help the local police. The Crime Prevention award is awarded to those who learn about how Law Enforcement helps us and how we can help protect the public. You may earn this award once.

Crime Prevention Award for Cub Scouts


Cub Scouts Sports and
Academics Program


The Sports and Academics Program is too large to briefly describe here. Please click on the link below to navigate to a separate page all about this great program! The downloadable files now have more info than the past versions. You may earn each beltloop and pin once.

Cub Scouts Sports and Academics Program


Donor Awareness

For a number of years, BSA has offered to Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts the Donor Awareness Patch shown here. It is worn on the right pocket of the uniform as a temporary insignia. BSA has reduced their emphasis on this program, but has not discontinued it completely. 

There are no formal requirements for these patches. Each Unit establishes the procedure for awarding the patch. Usually, a Donor Awareness Patch is awarded to a Cub Scout the first time he is successful in getting an adult family member, friend, relative, or other acquaintance to agree to become an organ donor, and to fill out and carry an Organ Donor Card.


Emergency Preparedness

Part of being a Scout is being able to help in emergency situations. This award is for those boys who put the extra effort into being prepared to assist professional medics and help people when needed, as well as getting an early start on learning about first aid. You may earn this award up to 3 times, but you will only receive the pin for the first time you earn it.

Emergency Preparedness Requirements (PDF)


Interpreter Strip

This patch is available to those who have proficiency in a foreign language and shows that they can help interpret at scouting functions for those who do not speak English. The strip is written in the foreign language so that someone who needs help can easily read it. Available in many more languages than shown here. You may earn this for as many languages as you would like.

Interpreter Strip Requirements (PDF)


Leave No Trace

The Leave No Trace award encourages environmental awareness at an early age, and is a good start to learning about the Outdoor Code in the Boy Scout program. This award may only be earned once while a Cub Scout.

Leave No Trace Requirements (PDF)


Lifesaving and Meritorious Action

These are very special awards that are reserved for acts of exceptional heroism, character, and merit. Recipients must be nominated by someone else after performing a heroic act.  Each medal comes with a special knot that can be worn on the shirt. Available to both youth and adults.

Merit Awards Nomination Form


National Den Award

The National Den Award recognizes dens that have a quality, year-round program. The award goes to dens that do service and conservation projects, Cub Scout Academics and Sports, field trips, character building, and camping. Dens earn the award as a team, not as individual den members. The recognition is a ribbon for the den flag or den doodle. The den may earn this award once each year.

National Den Award Requirements (PDF)


National Summertime Pack Award

A pack can earn the National Summertime Pack Award by doing three pack activities when school is out for the summer—one activity each in June, July, and August. Packs that qualify get a colorful streamer for their pack flag. Dens that have at least half of their members at the three summer pack events can earn a den ribbon. Pack members who take part in all three events are eligible for the National Summertime Pack Award pin, to wear on the right pocket flap of their uniform. Note, beginning with the 2009 Summer, there are differently colored pins to encourage the boys to earn it each year he is in Cub Scouts. See another picture of it here. You may earn this award once for each summer you are in Cub Scouts. Try to get all of them!

National Summertime Pack Award Requirements (PDF)


Outdoor Activity Award and Wolf Track

Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts have the opportunity to earn the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award. Boys may earn the award in each of the program years as long as the requirements are completed each year. 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. Leaders should encourage boys to build on skills and experiences from previous years when working on the award for a successive year. You may earn this award once for each year you are in Cub Scouts.

Outdoor Activity Award Requirements (PDF)


Physical Fitness Award

One of the main goals of the Scouting program is to develop physical fitness and the love of exercising. To help promote that, they have created this award for those who complete the following requirements. You may earn this award once.

BSA Physical Fitness Award Application


Journey to Excellence Unit Award

The Journey to Excellence Award recognizes outstanding packs (and also troops, teams, crews, and ships) that have quality programs for their members. To earn this award, packs need well-trained leaders and they must meet several other requirements, such as holding regular pack meetings, qualifying for the National Summertime Pack Award (above), going on an outdoor activity, doing a service project, and having at least three-fourths of the Scouts advance in rank. There are Bronze, Silver, and Gold versions of the award depending on how well each unit does.

What you can do to help your pack earn this is make sure you earn your rank for the year and attend the summer activities. All members, both youth and adults, of a pack that earns this award may wear the J2E emblem on their uniforms. The pack may also display a streamer on the pack flag. Only the most current award may be worn on the shirt.

J2E Pack Requirements (PDF)


Recruiter Patch

To encourage Scouts to bring their friends, the Recruiter Patch is given to a Scout of any age or a leader who brings a new scout into the program. There are no formal requirements for these strips. Each Unit establishes the procedure for awarding the strip. Usually, a Recruiter Strip is awarded to a Cub Scout or Boy Scout the first time he is successful in getting a friend, relative, classmate, or other acquaintance to join his unit. You may earn this award multiple times, but you will only receive the patch once.



Religious Knot

The Boy Scouts of America has always had strong ties to religious organizations. To that end they allow each religious organization to come up with its own award, but the patch for it is universal. The LDS Church has 2 opportunities to earn this patch: once as a Cub Scout and once as a Boy Scout. Small pins indicating which version was earned are available for purchase at the Scout Office. The requirements for this award can be found at the Faith in God page:

Faith in God Page



Webelos Super Achiever Award


The requirements for this award are simple to explain, but not easy to complete: earn all 20 Webelos Activity Badges. This takes a lot of dedication and good attendance at Den Meetings. This award may only be earned once.
Will you be the first one to receive this?


Whittling Chip Award

The Whittling Chip wallet card and patch can be earned by all Cub Scouts (even though some of the requirements come from the Bear Book) by mastering the requirements from the file below. The object is to teach a boy that a knife is an important tool, and not a toy, and how to be careful with it. Even though the patch is shaped like a pocket flap, it is placed centered on the right pocket of the uniform like any other temporary patch. You may earn this award once.

Whittling Chip Requirements (PDF)


William T. Hornaday Awards

This is a series of awards for both individuals and whole units for showing outstanding contributions and service to conservation and ecology. Some awards are certificates, some are medals, and some come with special knots. The various award descriptions and their requirements can be found at the official BSA site:



World Conservation Award

The World Conservation Award provides an opportunity for individual Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers 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 Cub Scout version of the World Conservation Award can be earned by Wolf or Bear Cub Scouts, and by Webelos Scouts once during their tenure as a Cub Scout

World Conservation Award Requirements (PDF)