National Outdoor Challenge Unit Award

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National Outdoor Challenge Unit Award

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Level:Scouts BSA Troops

To encourage troops to do more outdoor trips and long-term camping, have an anuual program plan, have an activity with a Webelos den, conduct a Leave No Trace program, and teach outdoor-related merit badges.


National Outdoor Challenge Unit Award requirements

  1. The troop developed an annual plan for the current year.
  2. Either a or b:
    2a. Our troop conducted 10 outdoor trips or activities with at least 50 percent of the registered youth participating.
    2b. Our troop increased the number of outdoor trip or activities compared to the previous year.
  3. Our troop attended long-term resident camp or a local/national high-adventure experience of at least six days/five nights.
  4. The troop conducted at least one outing with a Webelos Scout den.
  5. The troop earned at least one outdoors-related[1] merit badge per Scout.
  6. The troop conducted at least one Leave No Trace program during the calendar year for a minimum of 50 percent of the members.

  1. Archery, Astronomy, Athletics, Backpacking, Bird Study, Camping, Canoeing, Climbing, Cooking, Cycling, Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Science, Farm Mechanics, First Aid, Fish and Wildlife Management, Fishing, Fly-Fishing, Forestry, Geocaching, Geology, Hiking, Horsemanship, Kayaking, Landscape Architecture, Lifesaving, Motorboating, Nature, Oceanography, Orienteering, Pioneering, Rifle Shooting, Rowing, Safety, Scuba, Shotgun Shooting, Skating, Small-Boat Sailing, Snow Sports, Soil and Water Conservation, Sports, Sustainability, Swimming, Water Sports, Whitewater, Wilderness Survival

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