SCOUTStrong Be MedWise Award

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SCOUTStrong Be MedWise

The SCOUTStrong Be MedWise patch is a temporary patch.
Created:19 October 2015
Last updated:
Level:Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Sea Scouts.

Introduced by the BSA in October 2015[1], the SCOUTStrong Be MedWise Award encourages young people to learn about the responsible use of medicine. Scouts, Venturers, and Sea Scouts who earn the award will learn about the danger of misusing medicines by not following the directions on the label.

Who is it for?

This activity and award is recommended for Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Sea Scouts ages 11 to 17. This award is designed to complement existing Boy Scouting, Venturing, and Sea Scouting programming.

How is it earned?

This award’s training curriculum consists of four lessons that could be reviewed at the start of a unit meeting, taking no more than 12 to 15 minutes each. The program is self-paced, which allows the unit leader to determine how quickly it is completed.

The SCOUTStrong Be MedWise award is earned through these steps:

1. Review the Curriculum: Have your unit review each of the four lessons in this curriculum. Go to the resources section and download the PDF files for the leader manual and lessons. This curriculum has been prepared specifically for ages 11-17, and each lesson must be followed specifically as written.
2. Complete the Exercises: Where applicable, have all unit participants successfully complete the activity and/or supplemental exercises for the corresponding SCOUTStrong Be MedWise lesson.
3. Print Your Certificates and Order Patches!
  • To download a certificate you can print, click here Adobe Acrobat PDF —
  • To order your SCOUTStrong Be MedWise patch, click here —

What will Scouts, Venturers, and Sea Scouts learn?

Upon completion of the SCOUTStrong Be MedWise curriculum, youth will be able to do the following:

  • Understand what prescription and OTC medicines are, and the ways they are the same and different.
  • Learn how to use medicines safely.
  • Know what’s on the Drug Facts label.




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External links


  1. Boy Scouts of America Introduces Patch on Responsible Use of Medicine; 19 October 2015; Official Newsroom of the BSA | Boy Scout News.

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