National Outdoor Badges

This new program, conceived by the National Camping Task Force of the BSAź, includes a series of five badges designed to recognize a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout who has exemplary knowledge and experience in performing high-level outdoor activities.  The segments represent five areas of emphasis: Riding, Hiking, Camping, Aquatics, and Adventure, with rigorous requirements to earn each segment. There is also the new National Medal for Outdoor Achievement.  You can view the complete requirements and download an application form.

National Camping Award

Note: this award program has ended, but you still may obtain awards at your local Scout shop.

The National Camping Award was granted to Boy Scout troops and Varsity Scout teams for attaining, on either an annual or a cumulative basis, or both, the required number of days and nights of camping. The ribbon that is awarded recognizes significant achievement in annual campouts and/or cumulative camp outs over a period of years. The ribbon is designed to be displayed with the troop flag.

To earn this award, an individual Scout needs to keep track of his campouts and have them approved by his Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster. This patch may be worn on the right pocket of the uniform shirt, or placed on the pocket of a backpack or another appropriate place.  Both the unit and individual cumulative awards are retroactive to January 1, 1991.

You can download the application forms and tracking logs for both the unit award and the individual award.


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