National Park Service Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger

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National Park Service
Resource Stewardship
Scout Ranger Award

Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger patch
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Level:Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturers, Sea Scouts

The National Park Service Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger program invites Scouts of all ages to participate in educational and/or volunteer service projects at national park sites to spark their awareness of the national parks and to provide Scouts with the opportunity to explore the national parks and learn more about protecting our natural and cultural resources. Scouts are awarded certificates and/or patches for participating in the program.

National Park Service Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger requirements

Scouts can earn a certificate or patch by participating in:

  • organized qualifying educational programs
    • Ranger-guided interpretive tours
    • Web Ranger Program (
    • Junior Ranger programs
    • Environmental education programs
    • Any other official NPS education program (campfire program, ranger-led hike, etc. …)
  • volunteer service projects

Scout Ranger certificate

Scouts should participate in organized education activities and/or volunteer service projects for a minimum of five (5) hours at one or more national parks.

Scout Ranger patch

Scouts should participate in organized educational activities or volunteer service projects for a minimum of ten (10) hours at one or more national parks.

The official source for the information shown in this is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2018 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #641568)

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Getting Started

  1. Chose a National Park Service site.
    Visit Choose a national park, a monument, or any of 407 sites protected by the National Park Service. Explore nature, learn the history and read the stories to discover why it is important to preserve your park.
  2. Imagine Yourself in a National Park.
    Brainstorm activities that you might want to experience at a national park. Consider working outside with a geologist or inside identifying fossils. Maybe wildfire restoration, building a bridge, or a night sky project interests you.
  3. Contact the park and make a plan.
    Call the park (the phone number is on the park's website under Contact Us). Identify yourself as a Cub/BoyScout. Ask if there is someone who works with the Scout Ranger program or a volunteer coordinator. Express your ideas to the coordinator. Together, plan a project to help the park and fulfill your goals.
  4. Go to the park and Have Fun!
    If your park does not have a volunteer program or is too far away to visit, work with the park volunteer coordinator on a project that meets the park needs.
  5. Have Fun!
    Once all the logistics are set up, go and have fun with the Scout Ranger Program! Please keep track of your time using the Activity Tracker Log Sheet Adobe Acrobat PDF and turn it to a Park Ranger to receive your certificate and/or patch.

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