National Outdoor Badges

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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.


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