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 have already earned the Varsity Scout Letter.
- 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.
- 4. a) While serving as team captain or program manager, act as primary leader on at least two activities. Program managers should choose activities in their the field of emphasis. Team captains may serve as primary leader any of the five fields of emphasis.
- 4. b) While serving as program manager or team captain, demonstrate shared leadership skills in supporting roles in each of the three remaining fields of emphasis.
- 5. Satisfy to the team captain that you know and live by the Varsity Scout Pledge.
- 6. Complete a progress review by a review board that
includes a district or council representative andis lead by the advancement program manager.
Source: 2000 Varsity Scout Guidebook (34827A)
- 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 require.
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:
- Denali Award Scorecard (186K PDF) BSA 2001.
- Denali Award Scorecard (39K PDF) Modified, Team 336 Omaha, NE (Rev. 6/06).
- Varsity Scout Individual History Report (45K PDF) Keep track of Varsity Scout letter and Denali Award progress dates and events.
- Denali Award on the U.S. Scouting Service Project site.