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{{Shortcut|[[NOB]]}}[[Image:outdoor-badges.jpg|thumb|The BSA ''National Outdoor Award (center emblem)'' shown with all five ''National Outdoor Badges'' (segments).]]
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[[Image:outdoor-badges.jpg|All the badges. The large center badge shown above is awarded when a Scout earns the first of the five badges described below.]]
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The five '''National Outdoor Badges''' recognize scout achievement in camping, hiking, aquatics, riding, and adventure. Each may be earned by a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout who "demonstrates both ''knowledge and experience''" in one of the subject areas. Each badge requires the scout to earn First Class rank, at least two relevant merit badges, and extensive experience in the area "under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America," according to the 2011 edition of ''Boy Scout Requirements''. The National Outdoor Badges form the core requirements for the [[National Medal for Outdoor Achievement]].
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== Camping Badge ==
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'''National Outdoor Badges''' may be earned by a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout who "demonstrates both ''knowledge <u>and</u> experience''" in one (or more) of the following subject areas: ''Camping'', ''Hiking'', ''Aquatics'', ''Riding'', and ''Adventure''.
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[[Image:outdoor-camping-badges.jpg|The camping badge.]]
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:1. Earn the [[First Class]] rank.
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:2. Earn the [[Camping]] merit badge.
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:3. Earn two of the following merit badges: [[Cooking]], [[First Aid]], [[Pioneering]].
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:4. Complete 25 days and nights of camping—including six consecutive days (five nights) of resident camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America—including nights camped as part of requirements 1 through 3 above.
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=== Devices ===
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Each award requires the Scout to:
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A gold device may be earned for each additional 25 nights of camping
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:* earn [[First Class]] rank,
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A silver device is earned for each additional 100 nights of camping.
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:* earn at least one (possibly, two or three) relevant [[merit badges]], ''and''
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The Scout may wear any combination of devices totaling his current number of nights camping.
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:* gain extensive experience in the subject area "under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America".
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== Hiking ==
 
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[[Image:outdoor-hiking-badge.jpg|The hiking badge.]]
 
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:1. Earn the [[First Class]] rank.
 
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:2. Earn the [[Hiking]] and [[Orienteering]] merit badges.
 
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:3. Complete 100 miles of hiking or backpacking under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America, including miles hiked as part of requirement 2.
 
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=== Devices ===
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A gold device may be earned for each additional 50 miles hiked.
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{{Info|The '''National Outdoor Award ''Center Emblem''''' shown above is awarded when a Scout earns his first of any of the five National Outdoor Badges described below.}}
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A silver device is earned for each additional 200 miles of hiking.
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The Scout may wear any combination of devices totaling his current number of miles hiking.
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== Aquatics ==
 
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[[Image:outdoor-aquatics-badge.jpg|The aquatics badge.]]
 
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:1. Earn the [[First Class]] rank.
 
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:2. Earn the [[Swimming]] and [[Lifesaving]] merit badges.
 
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:3. Earn the [[Mile Swim BSA]] Award.
 
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:4. Earn at least one of the following merit badges: [[Canoeing]], [[Rowing]], [[Small Boat Sailing]], [[Whitewater]]. Complete at least 25 hours of on-the-water time, applying the skills that you learned in the merit badges.
 
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:5. Complete at least 50 hours of any combination of swimming, canoeing, rowing, small-boat sailing, or whitewater activity under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America, including time spent in requirements 2 through 4.
 
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=== Devices ===
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== National Outdoor Badge for Camping ==
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A gold device may be earned for each additional 25 hours of aquatic activity.
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[[Image:outdoor-camping-badge.jpg|thumb|Camping segment.]]
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A silver device is earned for each additional 100 hours of aquatic activity.
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# Earn the [[First Class]] rank.
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The Scout may wear any combination of devices totaling his current number of hours of aquatic activity.
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# Earn the [[Camping]] merit badge.
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# Earn two of the following merit badges: [[Cooking]], [[First Aid]], or [[Pioneering]].
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# Complete 25 days and nights of camping &ndash;including six consecutive days (five nights) of resident camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America&ndash; including nights camped as part of requirements 1&ndash;3 above.
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== Riding ==
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;Devices:The Scout may wear any combination of devices totaling his current number of nights camping.
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[[Image:outdoor-riding-badge.jpg|The riding badge.]]
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:[[Image:NOA-gold-device.jpg|20px]] '''Gold''' &ndash; A gold device may be earned for each additional 25 nights of camping.
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:1. Earn the [[First Class]] rank.
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:[[Image:NOA-silver-device.jpg|20px]] '''Silver''' &ndash; A silver device is earned for each additional 100 nights of camping.
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:2. Complete at least one of the following: [[Cycling]] merit badge and 100 miles of cycling; or [[Horsemanship]] merit badge and 50 miles of horseback riding.
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:3. Complete 200 miles of riding activities, either on a non-motorized bike or a stock animal, under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America, including the miles in requirement 2.
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=== Devices ==
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== National Outdoor Badge for Hiking ==
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A gold device may be earned for each additional 100 miles of riding.
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[[Image:outdoor-hiking-badge.jpg|thumb|Hiking segment.]]
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A silver device is earned for each additional 400 miles of riding.
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# Earn the [[First Class]] rank.
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The Scout may wear any combination of devices totaling his current number of miles of riding.
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# Earn the [[Hiking]] and [[Orienteering]] merit badges.
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# Complete 100 miles of hiking or backpacking under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America, including miles hiked as part of requirement 2.
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== Adventure ==
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;Devices:The Scout may wear any combination of devices totaling his current number of miles hiking.
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[[Image:outdoor-adventure-badge.jpg|The adventure badge.]]
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:[[Image:NOA-gold-device.jpg|20px]] '''Gold''' &ndash; A gold device may be earned for each additional 50 miles hiked.
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:1. Earn the First Class rank.
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:[[Image:NOA-silver-device.jpg|20px]] '''Silver''' &ndash; A silver device is earned for each additional 200 miles of hiking.
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:2. Complete either the Wilderness Survival or the Emergency Preparedness merit badge.
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:3. Complete 10 of any combination or repetition of the following adventure activities under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America:
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== National Outdoor Badge for Aquatics ==
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::a. A backpacking trip lasting three or more days and covering more than 20 miles without food resupply
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[[Image:outdoor-aquatics-badge.jpg|thumb|Aquatics segment.]]
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::b. A canoeing, rowing, or sailing trip lasting three or more days and covering more than 50 miles without food resupply
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# Earn the [[First Class]] rank.
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::c. A whitewater trip lasting two or more days and covering more than 20 miles without food resupply
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# Earn the [[Swimming]] and [[Lifesaving]] merit badges.
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::d. A climbing activity on open rock, following Climb On Safely principles, that includes camping overnight
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# Earn the [[Mile Swim BSA]] Award.
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::e. Earn the National Historic Trails Award
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# Earn at least one of the following merit badges: [[Canoeing]], [[Rowing]], [[Small Boat Sailing]], [[Whitewater]]. Complete at least 25 hours of on-the-water time, applying the skills that you learned in the merit badges.
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::f. Earn the 50-Miler Award
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# Complete at least 50 hours of any combination of swimming, canoeing, rowing, small-boat sailing, or whitewater activity under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America, including time spent in requirements 2 through 4.
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;Devices:The Scout may wear any combination of devices totaling his current number of hours of aquatic activity.
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:[[Image:NOA-gold-device.jpg|20px]] '''Gold''' &ndash; A gold device may be earned for each additional 25 hours of aquatic activity.
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:[[Image:NOA-silver-device.jpg|20px]] '''Silver''' &ndash; A silver device is earned for each additional 100 hours of aquatic activity.
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== National Outdoor Badge for Riding ==
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[[Image:outdoor-riding-badge.jpg|thumb|Riding segment.]]
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<li> Earn the [[First Class]] rank.
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<li> Complete at least one of the following:
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<ol type="a" start="a">
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<li> [[Cycling]] merit badge and 100 miles of cycling; or
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<li> [[Horsemanship]] merit badge and 50 miles of horseback riding.<br/ >
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</ol>
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<li> Complete 200 miles of riding activities, either on a non-motorized bike or a stock animal, under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America, including the miles in requirement 2.
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;Devices:The Scout may wear any combination of devices totaling his current number of miles of riding.
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:[[Image:NOA-gold-device.jpg|20px]] '''Gold''' &ndash; A gold device may be earned for each additional 100 miles of riding.
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:[[Image:NOA-silver-device.jpg|20px]] '''Silver''' &ndash; A silver device is earned for each additional 400 miles of riding.
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== National Outdoor Badge for Adventure ==
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[[Image:outdoor-adventure-badge.jpg|thumb|Adventure segment.]]
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# Earn the [[First Class]] rank.
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# Complete either the [[Wilderness Survival]] or the [[Emergency Preparedness]] merit badge.
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# Complete 10 of any combination or repetition of the following adventure activities, under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America:
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::a. A backpacking trip lasting three or more days and covering more than 20 miles without food re-supply
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::b. A canoeing, rowing, or sailing trip lasting three or more days and covering more than 50 miles without food re-supply
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::c. A whitewater trip lasting two or more days and covering more than 20 miles without food re-supply
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::d. A climbing activity on open rock, following [[Climb On Safely]] principles, that includes camping overnight
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::e. Earn the National [[Historic Trails Award]]
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::f. Earn the [[50-Miler Award]]
::g. Attend any national high-adventure base or any nationally recognized local high-adventure or specialty-adventure program
::g. Attend any national high-adventure base or any nationally recognized local high-adventure or specialty-adventure program
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Items 3a-g may be repeated as desired. A single activity that satisfies multiple items in 3a-g may be counted as separate activities at the discretion of the unit leader. Similarly, a single activity that doubles an item in 3a-d may be counted as two activities at the discretion of the unit leader.
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::'''Notes:'''
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::* Items '''3a&ndash;g''' may be repeated as desired.
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::* A single activity that satisfies multiple items in '''3a&ndash;g''' may be counted as separate activities, at the discretion of the unit leader.
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::* Similarly, a single activity that doubles an item in '''3a&ndash;d'''<span style="color:#FF0000">'''*'''</span> may be counted as two activities, at the discretion of the unit leader.<br />(<span style="color:#FF0000">'''*'''</span>) [[Administrator]]'s note: '''3a&ndash;d''' is ''not'' a typographical error.
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;Devices:The Scout may wear any combination of devices totaling his current number of activities.
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:[[Image:NOA-gold-device.jpg|20px]] '''Gold''' &ndash; A gold device may be earned for each additional five activities.
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:[[Image:NOA-silver-device.jpg|20px]] '''Silver''' &ndash; A silver device is earned for each additional 20 activities.
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=== Devices ===
 
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A gold device may be earned for each additional five activities.
 
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A silver device is earned for each additional 20 activities.
 
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The Scout may wear any combination of devices totaling his current number of activities.
 
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== Medal ==
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== See also ==
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[[Image:outdoor-medal.jpg|The medal.]]
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* [[National Medal for Outdoor Achievement]]
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:1. Earn the [[First Class]] rank.
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:2. Earn the National Outdoor Badge for Camping with a silver device.
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:3. Earn any two additional National Outdoor Badges, each with two gold devices.
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:4. Earn the following merit badges: [[Backpacking]], [[Emergency Preparedness]], [[Nature]], and [[Wilderness Survival]].
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:5. Complete a 16-hour course in Wilderness First Aid from the American Red Cross, Wilderness Medical Institute, or other recognized provider.
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:6. Become a [[Leave No Trace]] Trainer by completing the 16-hour training course from a recognized Leave No Trace Master Educator.
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:7. Plan and lead, with the approval of your unit leader, an outing for your troop, team, patrol, or squad in two of the following activity areas: hiking and backpacking, aquatic activities, or riding. Include in each outing a service element addressing recreational impacts resulting from that type of activity. With the approval of your unit leader, you may plan and lead the outings for another Cub Scout pack, Boy Scout troop, Varsity Scout team, Sea Scout ship, or Venturing crew.
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:8. Complete at least one of the following:
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::b. Plan and lead, with the approval of your unit leader, an adventure activity identified in the National Outdoor Badge for Adventure for your troop, team, patrol, or squad.
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::a. Successfully complete a season on a council summer camp staff in an outdoor area, such as aquatics, Scoutcraft, nature/environment, climbing, or COPE.
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== Application ==
== Application ==
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[http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/430-509.pdf The application for the badges and the medal.]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/filestore/Outdoor%20Program/pdf/430-509_WB.pdf Application for National Outdoor Badge], and/or Device(s), BSA Pub. No. 430-509WB (2011 Revision) &mdash; Note: This <code>PDF</code> form is ''fillable'' and ''savable''.

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The BSA National Outdoor Award (center emblem) shown with all five National Outdoor Badges (segments).
The BSA National Outdoor Award (center emblem) shown with all five National Outdoor Badges (segments).

National Outdoor Badges may be earned by a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout who "demonstrates both knowledge and experience" in one (or more) of the following subject areas: Camping, Hiking, Aquatics, Riding, and Adventure.

Each award requires the Scout to:

  • earn First Class rank,
  • earn at least one (possibly, two or three) relevant merit badges, and
  • gain extensive experience in the subject area "under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America".


Contents


The National Outdoor Award Center Emblem shown above is awarded when a Scout earns his first of any of the five National Outdoor Badges described below.


National Outdoor Badge for Camping

Camping segment.
Camping segment.
  1. Earn the First Class rank.
  2. Earn the Camping merit badge.
  3. Earn two of the following merit badges: Cooking, First Aid, or Pioneering.
  4. Complete 25 days and nights of camping –including six consecutive days (five nights) of resident camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America– including nights camped as part of requirements 1–3 above.
Devices
The Scout may wear any combination of devices totaling his current number of nights camping.
Gold – A gold device may be earned for each additional 25 nights of camping.
Silver – A silver device is earned for each additional 100 nights of camping.

National Outdoor Badge for Hiking

Hiking segment.
Hiking segment.
  1. Earn the First Class rank.
  2. Earn the Hiking and Orienteering merit badges.
  3. Complete 100 miles of hiking or backpacking under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America, including miles hiked as part of requirement 2.
Devices
The Scout may wear any combination of devices totaling his current number of miles hiking.
Gold – A gold device may be earned for each additional 50 miles hiked.
Silver – A silver device is earned for each additional 200 miles of hiking.

National Outdoor Badge for Aquatics

Aquatics segment.
Aquatics segment.
  1. Earn the First Class rank.
  2. Earn the Swimming and Lifesaving merit badges.
  3. Earn the Mile Swim BSA Award.
  4. Earn at least one of the following merit badges: Canoeing, Rowing, Small Boat Sailing, Whitewater. Complete at least 25 hours of on-the-water time, applying the skills that you learned in the merit badges.
  5. Complete at least 50 hours of any combination of swimming, canoeing, rowing, small-boat sailing, or whitewater activity under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America, including time spent in requirements 2 through 4.
Devices
The Scout may wear any combination of devices totaling his current number of hours of aquatic activity.
Gold – A gold device may be earned for each additional 25 hours of aquatic activity.
Silver – A silver device is earned for each additional 100 hours of aquatic activity.

National Outdoor Badge for Riding

Riding segment.
Riding segment.
  1. Earn the First Class rank.
  2. Complete at least one of the following:
    1. Cycling merit badge and 100 miles of cycling; or
    2. Horsemanship merit badge and 50 miles of horseback riding.
  3. Complete 200 miles of riding activities, either on a non-motorized bike or a stock animal, under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America, including the miles in requirement 2.
Devices
The Scout may wear any combination of devices totaling his current number of miles of riding.
Gold – A gold device may be earned for each additional 100 miles of riding.
Silver – A silver device is earned for each additional 400 miles of riding.

National Outdoor Badge for Adventure

Adventure segment.
Adventure segment.
  1. Earn the First Class rank.
  2. Complete either the Wilderness Survival or the Emergency Preparedness merit badge.
  3. Complete 10 of any combination or repetition of the following adventure activities, under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America:
a. A backpacking trip lasting three or more days and covering more than 20 miles without food re-supply
b. A canoeing, rowing, or sailing trip lasting three or more days and covering more than 50 miles without food re-supply
c. A whitewater trip lasting two or more days and covering more than 20 miles without food re-supply
d. A climbing activity on open rock, following Climb On Safely principles, that includes camping overnight
e. Earn the National Historic Trails Award
f. Earn the 50-Miler Award
g. Attend any national high-adventure base or any nationally recognized local high-adventure or specialty-adventure program
Notes:
  • Items 3a–g may be repeated as desired.
  • A single activity that satisfies multiple items in 3a–g may be counted as separate activities, at the discretion of the unit leader.
  • Similarly, a single activity that doubles an item in 3a–d* may be counted as two activities, at the discretion of the unit leader.
    (*) Administrator's note: 3a–d is not a typographical error.
Devices
The Scout may wear any combination of devices totaling his current number of activities.
Gold – A gold device may be earned for each additional five activities.
Silver – A silver device is earned for each additional 20 activities.


See also

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