Denali Award

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Denali Award

This award is worn on the flap of the left pocket.
Level:Varsity Scouts

The Denali Award is the highest award in Varsity Scouting. Denali is the name American Indians gave Mount McKinley in central Alaska. The Denali Award is presented to Varsity Scouts team's youth members who complete additional requirements have already earned the Varsity Scout Letter.


Denali Award requirements

  1. Be a registered Varsity Scout team member.
  2. Advance at least one rank in the Boy Scout program (or earn a Palm for those who are already Eagle Scouts).
  3. Hold leadership positions in a Varsity Scout team for at least six months.
    1. While serving as team captain or program manager, act as primary leader on at least two activities. Program managers should choose activities in their field of emphasis. Team captains may serve as primary leader any of the five fields of emphasis.
    2. While serving as program manager or team captain, demonstrate shared leadership skills in supporting roles in each of the three remaining fields of emphasis.
  4. Demonstrate that you possess Scout Spirit by understanding and living by the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Tell how you have done your duty to God and how you have lived each of the twelve points of the Scout Law in your everyday life.
  5. Complete a progress review by a review board that includes a district or council representative and is lead by the advancement program manager.

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Varsity Scout Handbook, 2000 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #N/A)

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Varsity Scout Denali Award (first metal on left) on the left front pocket of a class A uniform.
Varsity Scout Denali Award (first metal on left) on the left front pocket of a class A uniform.
  1. Only Varsity Scouts are eligible to earn the Denali Award. Boy Scouts registered in a troop's Venture patrol may earn the Venture Patrol Letter but not the Denali Award.
  2. As of 2007, there is no knot badge for the Denali Award.
  3. Council or district representation at the Denali progress review (board of review) is no longer required.

Help with these requirements


Print, trim and fold scorecard for a youth team member to retain in his possession, and keep track of his award requirements and progress:

Advancement records

See also

Varsity Scout portal

External links

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