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|caption = <br>The BSA '''National Outdoor Award''' (center emblem)<br>shown with five of the six badges (segments).
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'''National Outdoor Badges''' may be earned by a Boy Scout, Sea Scout, or Venturer "demonstrates both ''knowledge <u>and</u> experience''" in one (or more) of the following subject areas: ''Camping'', ''Hiking'', ''Aquatics'', ''Conservation'', ''Riding'', and ''Adventure''. Youth earning the National Outdoor Awards badges have demonstrated that they are knowledgeable, safe, and comfortable in the outdoor activity covered by the badge.
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The six '''National Outdoor Awards''' badges may be earned by a [[Boy Scout]], [[Sea Scout]], or [[Venturer]] who "demonstrates both ''knowledge'' and ''experience''" in ''Camping'', ''Hiking'', ''Aquatics'', ''Conservation'', ''Riding'', or ''Adventure''. Youth earning the National Outdoor Awards badges have demonstrated that they are knowledgeable, safe, and comfortable in the outdoor activity covered by the badge.
Each award requires the youth to:
Each award requires the youth to:
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A Boy Scout, Sea Scout, or Venturer may earn the National Outdoor Badge for Camping upon successfully completing the following requirements:
A Boy Scout, Sea Scout, or Venturer may earn the National Outdoor Badge for Camping upon successfully completing the following requirements:
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# Earn the Boy Scout [[First Class]] rank, Sea Scout [[Apprentice]] rank, or complete Venturing [[Ranger_Award#Core_requirements|Ranger Award requirements 1–6]].
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# Earn the Boy Scout [[First Class]] rank, Sea Scout [[Apprentice]] rank, ''or'' complete Venturing [[Ranger_Award#Core_requirements|Ranger Award requirements 1–6]].
# Complete the [[Camping]] merit badge requirements.
# Complete the [[Camping]] merit badge requirements.
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# Complete the requirements for two of the following three: [[Cooking]] merit badge or [[Ranger_Award#Cooking|Ranger Cooking]] core; [[First Aid]] merit badge or [[Ranger_Award#First_Aid|Ranger First Aid]] core; [[Pioneering]] merit badge.
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# Complete the requirements for two of the following three: [[Cooking]] merit badge ''or'' [[Ranger_Award#Cooking|Ranger Cooking]] core; [[First Aid]] merit badge ''or'' [[Ranger_Award#First_Aid|Ranger First Aid]] core; [[Pioneering]] merit badge.
# Complete 25 days and nights of camping—including six consecutive days (five nights) of camping (Sea Scouts may be on a boat), approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America—including nights camped as part of requirements 1 through 3 above. Boy Scouts must complete six consecutive days (five nights) of the 25 nights at a BSA accredited resident camp.
# Complete 25 days and nights of camping—including six consecutive days (five nights) of camping (Sea Scouts may be on a boat), approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America—including nights camped as part of requirements 1 through 3 above. Boy Scouts must complete six consecutive days (five nights) of the 25 nights at a BSA accredited resident camp.
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A Boy Scout, Sea Scout, or Venturer may earn the National Outdoor Badge for Hiking upon successfully completing the following requirements:
A Boy Scout, Sea Scout, or Venturer may earn the National Outdoor Badge for Hiking upon successfully completing the following requirements:
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# Earn the Boy Scout [[First Class]] rank, Sea Scout [[Apprentice]] rank, or complete Venturing [[Ranger_Award#Core_requirements|Ranger Award requirements 1-6]].
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# Earn the Boy Scout [[First Class]] rank, Sea Scout [[Apprentice]] rank, ''or'' complete Venturing [[Ranger_Award#Core_requirements|Ranger Award requirements 1-6]].
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# Complete the requirements for one of the following: [[Hiking]] merit badge, [[Backpacking]] merit badge, or Venturing [[Backpacking (Ranger Award elective)|Ranger Backpacking]] elective.
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# Complete the requirements for one of the following: [[Hiking]] merit badge, [[Backpacking]] merit badge, ''or'' Venturing [[Backpacking (Ranger Award elective)|Ranger Backpacking]] elective.
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# Complete the requirements for one of the following: [[Orienteering]] merit badge, [[Geocaching]] merit badge, *[[Pathfinding]] merit badge, or Venturing [[Ranger_Award#Land_Navigation|Ranger Land Navigation]] core requirement.
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# Complete the requirements for one of the following: [[Orienteering]] merit badge, [[Geocaching]] merit badge, [[Pathfinding]]* merit badge, or Venturing [[Ranger_Award#Land_Navigation|Ranger Land Navigation]] core requirement.
# Complete 100 miles of hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, or cross country skiing under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America, including miles hiked as part of requirements 2 and 3.
# Complete 100 miles of hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, or cross country skiing under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America, including miles hiked as part of requirements 2 and 3.
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* *Only the Scouts who have already earned the Pathfinding merit badge during Scouting's centennial celebration in 2010 and first quarter of 2011 can receive credit for this requirement. This badge has been discontinued since then, and can no longer be earned.
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<nowiki>*</nowiki> Only Scouts who have already earned the Pathfinding merit badge during Scouting’s Centennial Celebration during 2010 and first quarter of 2011 can receive credit for the Pathfinding requirements. This badge has been discontinued since, and can no longer be earned.
;Devices:The youth may wear any combination of devices totaling his or her current number of miles hiking.
;Devices:The youth may wear any combination of devices totaling his or her current number of miles hiking.
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A Boy Scout, Sea Scout, or Venturer, may earn the National Outdoor Badge for Aquatics upon successfully completing the following requirements:
A Boy Scout, Sea Scout, or Venturer, may earn the National Outdoor Badge for Aquatics upon successfully completing the following requirements:
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# Earn the Boy Scout [[First Class]] rank, Sea Scout [[Apprentice]] rank, or complete Venturing [[Ranger_Award#Core_requirements|Ranger Award]] requirements 1-6.
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# Earn the Boy Scout [[First Class]] rank, Sea Scout [[Apprentice]] rank, ''or'' complete Venturing [[Ranger_Award#Core_requirements|Ranger Award requirements 1-6]].
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# Complete the requirements for the [[Swimming]] merit badge and either [[Lifesaving]] merit badge or Venturing [[Lifesaver (Ranger Award elective)|Ranger Lifesaver elective]]. (For Sea Scouts, swimming merit badge requirements are an [[Ordinary]] rank requirement, and lifesaving merit badge requirements are an [[Able]] rank requirement).
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# Complete the requirements for the [[Swimming]] merit badge and either [[Lifesaving]] merit badge ''or'' Venturing [[Lifesaver (Ranger Award elective)|Ranger Lifesaver elective]]. (For Sea Scouts, swimming merit badge requirements are an [[Ordinary]] rank requirement, and lifesaving merit badge requirements are an [[Able]] rank requirement).
# Complete the requirements for the [[Mile Swim BSA]] Award.
# Complete the requirements for the [[Mile Swim BSA]] Award.
# Complete the requirements for at least one of the following: [[Canoeing]], [[Fishing]], [[Fly Fishing|Fly-Fishing]], [[Kayaking]], [[Rowing]], [[Scuba Diving]], [[Small-Boat Sailing]], [[Water Sports]], or [[Whitewater]] merit badges or [[Fishing (Ranger Award elective)|Ranger Award Fishing]], [[Scuba Certification (Ranger Award elective)|Scuba]] or [[Watercraft (Ranger Award elective)|Watercraft]] electives. Complete at least 25 hours of on-the-water time, applying the skills that you learned in the merit badge or Ranger elective.
# Complete the requirements for at least one of the following: [[Canoeing]], [[Fishing]], [[Fly Fishing|Fly-Fishing]], [[Kayaking]], [[Rowing]], [[Scuba Diving]], [[Small-Boat Sailing]], [[Water Sports]], or [[Whitewater]] merit badges or [[Fishing (Ranger Award elective)|Ranger Award Fishing]], [[Scuba Certification (Ranger Award elective)|Scuba]] or [[Watercraft (Ranger Award elective)|Watercraft]] electives. Complete at least 25 hours of on-the-water time, applying the skills that you learned in the merit badge or Ranger elective.
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A Boy Scout, Sea Scout, or Venturer may earn the National Outdoor Badge for Conservation upon successfully completing the following requirements:
A Boy Scout, Sea Scout, or Venturer may earn the National Outdoor Badge for Conservation upon successfully completing the following requirements:
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<li> Earn the Boy Scout [[First Class]] rank, Sea Scout [[Apprentice]] rank, or complete Venturing [[Ranger Award#Core requirements|Ranger Award requirements 1-6]].
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<li> Earn the Boy Scout [[First Class]] rank, Sea Scout [[Apprentice]] rank, ''or'' complete Venturing [[Ranger Award#Core requirements|Ranger Award requirements 1-6]].
<li> Demonstrate the safe use of five of the following conservation tools: pick or pickax; shovel or spade; ax; bow saw; cross-cut saw; prybar; sledge hammer; loppers or shears; fire rake or McLeod; and/or Pulaski. Discuss the ethical use of the tools you chose.
<li> Demonstrate the safe use of five of the following conservation tools: pick or pickax; shovel or spade; ax; bow saw; cross-cut saw; prybar; sledge hammer; loppers or shears; fire rake or McLeod; and/or Pulaski. Discuss the ethical use of the tools you chose.
<li> Complete the requirements for the following:
<li> Complete the requirements for the following:
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<li> [[Environmental Science]] merit badge or [[Sustainability]] merit badge or both Venturing [[Ranger Award#Conservation|Ranger Conservation]] core and [[Ecology (Ranger Award elective)|Ecology]] elective
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<li> [[Environmental Science]] merit badge ''or'' [[Sustainability]] merit badge ''or'' both Venturing [[Ranger Award#Conservation|Ranger Conservation]] core and [[Ecology (Ranger Award elective)|Ecology]] elective
<li> [[Soil and Water Conservation]] merit badge
<li> [[Soil and Water Conservation]] merit badge
<li> One of the following merit badges: [[Fish and Wildlife Management]], [[Forestry]], or [[Mammal Study|Mammals]]
<li> One of the following merit badges: [[Fish and Wildlife Management]], [[Forestry]], or [[Mammal Study|Mammals]]
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<li> Earn the Boy Scout [[First Class]] rank, Sea Scout [[Apprentice]] rank, or complete Venturing [[Ranger Award#Core requirements|Ranger Award requirements 1-6]].
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<li> Earn the Boy Scout [[First Class]] rank, Sea Scout [[Apprentice]] rank, ''or'' complete Venturing [[Ranger Award#Core requirements|Ranger Award requirements 1-6]].
<li> Complete the requirements for at least one of the following:
<li> Complete the requirements for at least one of the following:
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<ol type="a" start="a">
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<li> Earn the Boy Scout [[First Class]] rank, Sea Scout [[Apprentice]] rank, or complete Venturing [[Ranger Award#Core requirements|Ranger Award requirements 1-6]].
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<li> Earn the Boy Scout [[First Class]] rank, Sea Scout [[Apprentice]] rank, ''or'' complete Venturing [[Ranger Award#Core requirements|Ranger Award requirements 1-6]].
<li> Complete the requirements for one of the following: [[Wilderness Survival]], [[Search and Rescue]], or [[Emergency Preparedness]] merit badges or [[Ranger Award#Wilderness Survival|Ranger Wilderness Survival]] core, [[Ranger Award#Emergency Preparedness|Ranger Emergency Preparedness]] core, or [[Fishing (Ranger Award elective)|Ranger First Aid]] elective.
<li> Complete the requirements for one of the following: [[Wilderness Survival]], [[Search and Rescue]], or [[Emergency Preparedness]] merit badges or [[Ranger Award#Wilderness Survival|Ranger Wilderness Survival]] core, [[Ranger Award#Emergency Preparedness|Ranger Emergency Preparedness]] core, or [[Fishing (Ranger Award elective)|Ranger First Aid]] elective.
<li> Complete 10 of any combination or repetition of the following adventure activities under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America:
<li> 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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== External Links ==
== External Links ==
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* [https://www.scouting.org/programs/boy-scouts/youth/awards/noa/ National Outdoor Awards Program] &mdash; scouting.org
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* [https://www.scouting.org/programs/boy-scouts/youth/awards/noa/ National Outdoor Awards Program] &mdash; Scouting.org
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* [https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Outdoor%20Program/pdf/430-509_WB.pdf Application for National Outdoor Badge], and/or Device(s), BSA Pub. No. 430-509WB (2015-MAY Revision) &mdash; Note: This <code>PDF</code> form is ''fillable'' and ''savable''.
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* [https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Outdoor%20Program/pdf/430-509_WB.pdf Application for National Outdoor Badge], and/or Device(s), BSA Pub. No. 430-509WB (2015-MAY Revision) &mdash; Scouting.org Note: This <code>PDF</code> form is ''fillable'' and ''savable''.
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====''Bryan on Scouting'' blog posts====
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* [https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2009/11/13/coming-in-2010-national-outdoor-award-badges/ ''Coming in 2010: National Outdoor Award badges''] &mdash; November 13, 2009
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* [https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2010/08/23/bsa-national-outdoor-awards/ ''With its new National Outdoor Awards, the BSA honors guys who can’t stand still''] &mdash; August 23, 2010
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* [https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2014/03/13/interpreting-under-the-auspices-in-national-outdoor-awards-requirements/ ''Interpreting ‘under the auspices’ in National Outdoor Awards requirements''] &mdash; March 13, 2014
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* [https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/08/11/national-jamboree-count-toward-national-outdoor-award/ ''Does the National Jamboree count toward a National Outdoor Award?''] &mdash; August 11, 2017

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National Outdoor Awards
Image:Outdoor-badges.jpg

The BSA National Outdoor Award (center emblem)
shown with five of the six badges (segments).
Created:2010
Level:Boy Scout, Venturer, Sea Scout


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The six National Outdoor Awards badges may be earned by a Boy Scout, Sea Scout, or Venturer who "demonstrates both knowledge and experience" in Camping, Hiking, Aquatics, Conservation, Riding, or Adventure. Youth earning the National Outdoor Awards badges have demonstrated that they are knowledgeable, safe, and comfortable in the outdoor activity covered by the badge.

Each award requires the youth to:


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.

A Boy Scout, Sea Scout, or Venturer may earn the National Outdoor Badge for Camping upon successfully completing the following requirements:

  1. Earn the Boy Scout First Class rank, Sea Scout Apprentice rank, or complete Venturing Ranger Award requirements 1–6.
  2. Complete the Camping merit badge requirements.
  3. Complete the requirements for two of the following three: Cooking merit badge or Ranger Cooking core; First Aid merit badge or Ranger First Aid core; Pioneering merit badge.
  4. Complete 25 days and nights of camping—including six consecutive days (five nights) of camping (Sea Scouts may be on a boat), approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America—including nights camped as part of requirements 1 through 3 above. Boy Scouts must complete six consecutive days (five nights) of the 25 nights at a BSA accredited resident camp.
Devices
The youth may wear any combination of devices totaling his or her 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.

A Boy Scout, Sea Scout, or Venturer may earn the National Outdoor Badge for Hiking upon successfully completing the following requirements:

  1. Earn the Boy Scout First Class rank, Sea Scout Apprentice rank, or complete Venturing Ranger Award requirements 1-6.
  2. Complete the requirements for one of the following: Hiking merit badge, Backpacking merit badge, or Venturing Ranger Backpacking elective.
  3. Complete the requirements for one of the following: Orienteering merit badge, Geocaching merit badge, Pathfinding* merit badge, or Venturing Ranger Land Navigation core requirement.
  4. Complete 100 miles of hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, or cross country skiing under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America, including miles hiked as part of requirements 2 and 3.

* Only Scouts who have already earned the Pathfinding merit badge during Scouting’s Centennial Celebration during 2010 and first quarter of 2011 can receive credit for the Pathfinding requirements. This badge has been discontinued since, and can no longer be earned.

Devices
The youth may wear any combination of devices totaling his or her current number of miles hiking.
Gold – A gold device may be earned for each additional 50 miles hiked, backpacked, snowshoed, or skied as outlined in requirements 2 and 3.
Silver – A silver device is earned for each additional 200 miles of hiking.

National Outdoor Badge for Aquatics

Aquatics segment.
Aquatics segment.

A Boy Scout, Sea Scout, or Venturer, may earn the National Outdoor Badge for Aquatics upon successfully completing the following requirements:

  1. Earn the Boy Scout First Class rank, Sea Scout Apprentice rank, or complete Venturing Ranger Award requirements 1-6.
  2. Complete the requirements for the Swimming merit badge and either Lifesaving merit badge or Venturing Ranger Lifesaver elective. (For Sea Scouts, swimming merit badge requirements are an Ordinary rank requirement, and lifesaving merit badge requirements are an Able rank requirement).
  3. Complete the requirements for the Mile Swim BSA Award.
  4. Complete the requirements for at least one of the following: Canoeing, Fishing, Fly-Fishing, Kayaking, Rowing, Scuba Diving, Small-Boat Sailing, Water Sports, or Whitewater merit badges or Ranger Award Fishing, Scuba or Watercraft electives. Complete at least 25 hours of on-the-water time, applying the skills that you learned in the merit badge or Ranger elective.
  5. Complete at least 50 hours of any combination of swimming, canoeing, fishing, fly-fishing, kayaking, rowing, scuba, small-boat sailing, stand up paddleboarding, water sports, or whitewater activity under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America, including time spent in requirements 2 through 4.
Devices
The youth may wear any combination of devices totaling his or her current number of hours of aquatic activity.
Gold – A gold device may be earned for each additional 25 hours of aquatics activity listed in requirement 5.
Silver – A silver device is earned for each additional 100 hours of aquatics activity.

National Outdoor Badge for Conservation

Conservation segment.
Conservation segment.

A Boy Scout, Sea Scout, or Venturer may earn the National Outdoor Badge for Conservation upon successfully completing the following requirements:

  1. Earn the Boy Scout First Class rank, Sea Scout Apprentice rank, or complete Venturing Ranger Award requirements 1-6.
  2. Demonstrate the safe use of five of the following conservation tools: pick or pickax; shovel or spade; ax; bow saw; cross-cut saw; prybar; sledge hammer; loppers or shears; fire rake or McLeod; and/or Pulaski. Discuss the ethical use of the tools you chose.
  3. Complete the requirements for the following:
    1. Environmental Science merit badge or Sustainability merit badge or both Venturing Ranger Conservation core and Ecology elective
    2. Soil and Water Conservation merit badge
    3. One of the following merit badges: Fish and Wildlife Management, Forestry, or Mammals
  4. Complete 25 hours of conservation work under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America, including hours worked as part of requirements 1 through 3.
Devices
The youth may wear any combination of devices totaling his or her current number of miles of riding.
Gold – A gold device may be earned for each additional 25 hours of conservation work.
Silver – A silver device is earned for each additional 100 hours of conservation work (for example, the first silver device is earned at 125 total hours of conservation work).

National Outdoor Badge for Riding

Riding segment.
Riding segment.

A Boy Scout, Sea Scout, or Venturer may earn the National Outdoor Badge for Riding upon successfully completing the following requirements:

  1. Earn the Boy Scout First Class rank, Sea Scout Apprentice rank, or complete Venturing Ranger Award requirements 1-6.
  2. Complete the requirements for at least one of the following:
    1. Cycling merit badge or Ranger Cycling/Mountain Biking elective and 100 miles of cycling
    2. Horsemanship merit badge or Ranger Equestrian elective and 20 miles of horseback riding
    3. Motorboating merit badge or Ranger Watercraft elective and 100 miles of motor boating
    4. Skating merit badge or Ranger Winter Sports elective and 20 miles of skating
  3. Complete 200 miles of riding activities, including cycling, stock riding, skating, motor boating, mountain boarding, snowmobiling, (including ATV or PWC riding at an approved council program), under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America, including the miles in requirement 2.
Devices
The youth may wear any combination of devices totaling his or her current number of miles of riding.
Gold – A gold device may be earned for each additional 100 miles of riding set forth in requirement 3.
Silver – A silver device is earned for each additional 400 miles of riding.

National Outdoor Badge for Adventure

Adventure segment.
Adventure segment.

A Boy Scout, Sea Scout, or Venturer may earn the National Outdoor Badge for Adventure upon successfully completing the following requirements:

  1. Earn the Boy Scout First Class rank, Sea Scout Apprentice rank, or complete Venturing Ranger Award requirements 1-6.
  2. Complete the requirements for one of the following: Wilderness Survival, Search and Rescue, or Emergency Preparedness merit badges or Ranger Wilderness Survival core, Ranger Emergency Preparedness core, or Ranger First Aid elective.
  3. Complete 10 of any combination or repetition of the following adventure activities under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America:
    1. A backpacking trip lasting three or more days and covering more than 20 miles without food resupply
    2. A canoeing, rowing, or sailing trip lasting three or more days and covering more than 50 miles without food resupply
    3. A whitewater trip lasting two or more days and covering more than 20 miles without food resupply
    4. A climbing activity on open rock, following Climb On Safely principles, that includes camping overnight
    5. Earn the National Historic Trails Award.
    6. Earn the 50-Miler Award.
    7. 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 youth may wear any combination of devices totaling his or her 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

External Links

Bryan on Scouting blog posts

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