Other Awards Scouts Can Earn

In addition to the awards that scouts earn during Den and Pack activities as part of their Rank advancement, there are other awards programs coordinated by BSA. Here is a list of some of them.

Academics and Sports Program
The Academics and Sports program gives Cub Scouts extra recognition activities to earn. In Academics subjects and Sports, Cub Scouts learn new skills, become better scholars, learn sportsmanship, and have fun. You can get to know a sport or an academic subject that's new to you --maybe astronomy, chess, computers, science; golf, hiking, tennis, or skateboarding to name a few in the program. Click to Learn more.

Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award
Tiger Cubs, Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts, 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. This is a great award to work on as a group that gets your scouts outside having fun. Click to Learn more.

Religious Emblems Programs
To encourage members to grow stronger in their faith, religious groups have developed the religious emblems programs. The Boy Scouts of America has approved of these programs and allows the emblems to be worn on the official uniform. Click to Learn more.

Cub Scout World Conservation Award
Webelos Scouts can earn the Cub Scout World Conservation Award by earning the Forester, Naturalist, and Outdoorsman activity badges and taking part in a den or pack conservation project.

Cub Scouting's Leave No Trace Awareness Award
Leave No Trace is a plan that helps people take better care of the environment and protect it for future generations. Cub Scouts and their leaders may earn the Leave No Trace Awareness Award. Click here for more information.

Emergency Preparedness Award
To encourage Scouts of all ages to be prepared for emergencies, the BSA has approved an Emergency Preparedness Award program for members of all ages. To learn more about the award requirements and to download an application form, visit the Emergency Preparedness Award page.

SCOUTStrong PALA Challenge Award
This challenge is for everyone associated with the Boy Scouts of America, including Scouts, Venturers, Parents, Volunteers, Council Staff, Board Members, Friends of Scouting, and BSA Alumni.

To earn the SCOUTStrong PALA Challenge Award, you are required to meet a daily activity goal of 30 minutes a day for adults and 60 minutes a day for kids under 18 for at least five days a week, for six out of eight weeks.
  • Visit the SCOUTStrong PALA Challenge to learn more and download Program materials.
  • Go to our councils page to create an online account and start your challenge. Note: This site references the Great Sauk Trail council. It has not yet been updated with our New Council's name.
  • After creating an online account, you can search for and join the Pack 345 Group. Just click the big red "My Challenge" button in the upper right, then click on the "Groups" button and search for "Pack 345 Brighton."
  • Creating an online account allows you to pick your challenges, log your daily fitness activities, and track your progress. And by joining a group, you can see how your friends are doing on their challenges.

STEM and the Nova Awards
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. STEM is part of an initiative the Boy Scouts of America has taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of youth members and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs.

The Nova Awards program is Scouting’s newest and most exciting adventure. The word “STEM” focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Cub Scouts throughout the country can explore the wonders of different STEM fields as they work toward a Nova or Supernova award.
  • Visit the STEM website for program information and details or download the STEM guidebook.
  • Go to the Cub Scout page for specific cub requirements.
    Note: this program requires a Nova Awards counselor. If you are interested in participating, contact your cubmaster for assistance in locating a counselor.

Cyber Chip Program and Patch
To help families and volunteers keep youth safe while online, the Boy Scouts of America introduces the Cyber Chip. They have created activities tailored to specific age groups that are fun and informative while teaching them how to be safe online. This is a great program for Dens to work on as a group. Click here for more information and requirements.