World Conservation Award (Boy Scouting)

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World Conservation Award


Boy Scout World Conservation Award requirements

You can earn this award as a Boy Scout by earning the following merit badges:

Source: 2007 Boy Scout Requirements (33215)


The World Conservation Award is worn on the uniform shirt, centered on the right pocket as a temporary patch. It can also be worn on the back of a merit badge sash. It does not replace the World Crest on the uniform.

There are three varieties of this patch which distinguish it as an award for a Scout who has completed the requirements outlined for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, or Venture Scouts, which vary in increasing difficulty in correlation with its branch of Scouting. While each badge is similar in appearance, each has a subtle difference. Each features the Panda and the Scout emblem, however the colors of the patch correlate with the branch of scouting its wearer represents. The Cub Scout version is Purple and Yellow, the Boy Scout version is standard BSA khaki, (as seen above,) and the Venture Scout version is yellow.

Unlike the Cub Scout version of the patch, no conservation effort is outlined in the requirements for the Boy Scout or Venture versions. The reason the volunteer aspect, which is common to many Special Opportunity awards, has been dropped in the jump from Cub Scouts to Boy and Venture Scouts is debatable, however it may be a result of specific badge requirements which encourage the Scout to conduct or participate in a project of their own. These service-based requirements are purely optional however, as there are multiple alternatives. See Fish and Wildlife Management requirement 5c and Soil and Water Conservation requirement 7f.

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