Pack Cub Scout Awards and Insignia

National Den Award

Cub Scouting happens in the den. The National Den Award creates an incentive for a year round, fun, quality program in the den. The National Den Award may be earned only once in any 12 month period (charter year or calendar year, as determined by the pack committee).


A. Have at least 50 percent of the den’s Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts or Webelos Scouts attend two den meetings and one pack meeting or activity each month of the year.

B. Complete six of the following during the year:

  • Use the denner system within the den
  • In a Tiger Cub den, use shared-leadership and rotate the boy/adult host team.
  • Have 50 percent of the den go on three field trips per year. A field trip may be used in place of a den meeting.
  • Conduct three den projects or activities leading to a Character Connections discussion.
  • As a den, participate in at least one of the Cub Scout Sports programs
  • As a den, participate in at least one of the Cub Scout Academics programs
  • Have 50 percent of the den participate in a den conservation/resource project.
  • Have 50 percent of the den participate in at least one den service project.

Religious Emblem - Youth (No. 5007)

Most of the major religious bodies in the United States have programs to recognize Cub Scouts who demonstrate faith, observe their creeds or principles, and give service.

This opportunity encourages youth members to work on the religious emblem pertaining to the denomination of their choice.

Who Can Earn This Award?

Youth members earn awards; recognitions are available for adult members for some denominations.

How To Get The Award?

Download information from 879_WB.pdf

The knot may be worn on the uniform over the left pocket by youth who earned any of the religious awards.

Religious Emblems

These awards are sanctioned by the Boy Scouts of America and worn on the uniform but they are not considered Scouting awards. Instead they are earned, and conferred on youth members, by their religious leaders. Each faith has its own requirements for earning its respective emblem. A list of the emblems and more information about the programs can be found at wards.aspx and P.R.A.Y (

To get started on the process of earning an award, you must obtain the specific booklet for their religion. It contains information on the lessons and projects involved. Some faiths also provide manuals for counselors and mentors. Parents should review the guidelines for their particular program as age and grade requirements vary. Before work begins, parents should speak with their religious leaders and show them the requirements listed in the booklet. Most awards call for clergy to serve as approving counselor. Sources of the awards vary; the awards are not available at local councils.

Additional, Hudson Valley Council religious emblem program information can be found at

Recruiter Strip (No. 219)

To recognize youth members who recruit a friend into Scouting (worn below right pocket).

Journey to Excellence Unit Award

Scouting’s Journey to Excellence is an assessment to help the pack work better. The various parts of the performance measurements – advancement, outdoor program, retention of members, trained leader, and the rest – are factors that are associated with successful packs delivering successful Cub Scout programs. The performance recognition program is designed to encourage and reward success. The Unit Commissioner is a great resource in helping to achieve the standards of success assessed with the Journey to Excellence recognition. For more information, visit www.scoutingorg/Awards/JourneyToExcellence.aspx

JTE Recognition (Bronze, Sliver and Gold) - Performed with charter renewal.

The Journey to Excellence Unit Award recognizes outstanding packs, troops, teams, crews, and ships that conduct quality programs for their youth. Continuous improvement is expected of a unit with each year.

National Summertime Pack Award Pins

For scouts that go to scout summer camp. It has been promoted over summer, but it’s up to the parents to follow-up and complete the form.

A pack can qualify for the NSPA by planning and conducting three pack activities – one each in June, July and August. This award can be an incentive for greater attendance at your pack activities. Individual scouts that participate in all three pack events can receive the National Summertime Pack Award pin.

How to Get the Award

Return completed form to council office; some councils provide recognition at no cost, while others charge a nominal fee for items.

Tiger, No. 14332

Wolf, No. 14333

Bear, No. 14334

Webelos, No. 14335

Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award (No. 14235)

Requirements All Ranks

Attend Cub Scout day camp or Cub Scout/Webelos Scout resident camp, and do the following:

In each additional earned, a wolf track pin is attached to the flap.


Tiger: Complete the Backyard Jungle adventure from the Tiger Handbook, and complete four of the outdoor activities listed below.

Wolf: Complete the Paws on the Path adventure from the Wolf Handbook, and complete five of the outdoor activities listed below.

Bear: Complete the Bear Necessities adventure from the Bear Handbook, and complete six of the outdoor activities listed below.

Webelos: Complete the Webelos Walkabout adventure from the Webelos Handbook, and complete seven of the outdoor activities listed below.

Outdoor Activities

These activities must be in addition to any similar activities counted for rank advancement, and can be accomplished as a family, den, or pack.

• Participate in a nature hike in your local area. This can be on an organized, marked trail or just a hike to observe nature in your area.

• Participate in an outdoor activity such as a picnic or park fun day.

• Explain the buddy system and tell what to do if lost. Explain the importance of cooperation.

• Attend a pack overnighter. Be responsible by being prepared for the event.

• Complete an outdoor service project in your community.

• Complete a nature/conservation project in your area. This project should involve improving, beautifying, or supporting natural habitats. Discuss how this project helped you to respect nature.

• Earn the Summertime Pack Award.

• Participate in a nature observation activity. Describe or illustrate and display your observations at a den or pack meeting.

• Participate in an outdoor aquatics activity. This can be an organized swim meet or just a den, pack, or family swim.

• Participate in an outdoor campfire program. Perform in a skit, sing a song, or take part in a ceremony.

• Participate in an outdoor sporting event.

• Participate in an outdoor interfaith or other worship service.

• Explore a local city, county, state, or national park. Discuss with your den how a good citizen obeys the park rules.

• Invent an outside game and play it outside with friends for 30 minutes.

Cub Scout World Conservation Award

Requirements for this award must be completed in addition to any similar requirements completed for rank.

The World Conservation Award provides an opportunity for individual Cub Scouts to 'think globally' and 'act locally' to preserve and improve our environment. This program is designed to make youth members aware that all nations are closely related through natural resources and that we are interdependent with our world environment.

The Cub Scout version of the World Conservation Award can be earned by Wolf, Bear, or Webelos Scouts, but not by Tigers.

This is considered a 'temporary patch' and should be displayed centered on the right pocket. It can be sewn on or displayed in a plastic patch holder hung from the pocket button.

As a Wolf Cub Scout, earn the Cub Scout World Conservation Award by doing the following:

• Earn the Paws on the Path adventure.

• Earn the Grow Something adventure.

• Complete requirements 1 and 2 from the Spirit of the Water adventure.

• Participate in a den or pack conservation project in addition to the above.

As a Bear Cub Scout, earn the Cub Scout World Conservation Award by doing the following:

• Earn the Fur, Feathers, and Ferns adventure.

• Earn either the Bear Goes Fishing or Critter Care adventure.

• Complete requirement 3 from the Baloo the Builder adventure by constructing a bird feeder or a bird house as one of the options.

• Participate in a den or pack conservation project in addition to the above.

As a Webelos Scout (including Scouts earning Arrow of Light Rank), earn the Cub Scout World Conservation Award by doing the following:

• Earn the Building a Better World adventure.

• Earn the Into the Wild adventure.

• Earn the Into the Woods adventure.

• Earn the Earth Rocks adventure.

• Complete requirements 1, 3a, and 3b in the Adventures in Science adventure.

Participate in a den or pack conservation project in addition to the above.

Conservation Good Turn Award (No. 149)

The Conservation Good Turn Award encourages Cub Scout packs to join with conservation or environmental organizations (local, state, federal, or private) to carry out a conservation Good Turn in their communities.

The Cub Scout pack contacts a conservation agency and offers to carry out a Good Turn project. The agency identifies a worthwhile and needed project that a unit can accomplish. Together, the unit and agency plan the details and establish the date, time, and location for carrying out the project.

Cub Scout conservation projects for this award should involve the entire Cub Scout pack – each den, adult leaders, and family members. The award application is found at Cub Scouts participating in the Good Turn may receive a patch, which can be worn on the right pocket of the uniform shirt.

Who Can Earn This Award?

Earned by youth and adult members

Whittling Chip Emblem (No. 8598)

Bear and Webelos scouts may earn the privilege of carrying a pocketknife to Cub Scout functions. The objective of this award is to make scouts aware that:

‘A Cub Scout knife is an important tool. You can do many things with its blades. The cutting blade is the one you will use most of the time. With it you can make shavings and chips and carve all kinds of things. You must be very careful when you whittle or carve. Take good care of your knife. Always remember that a knife is a tool, not a toy. Use if with care so that you don’t hurt yourself or ruin what you are carving.’

Information on these Whittling Chip requirements can be found in the Bear Claws adventure of the Bear Handbook.

The Whittling Chip patch is considered a temporary patch and, if worn, should be centered on the right pocket of the Cub Scout or Webelos uniform shirt. It should not be sewn on a pocket flap.

Nova Award Program

The Boy Scouts of America's NOVA Awards program incorporates learning with cool activities and exposure to science, technology, engineering and mathematics for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers. The hope is that the requirements and activities for earning these awards stimulates interest in STEM-related fields and shows how science, technology, engineering and mathematics apply to everyday living and the world around them. Counselors and mentors help bring this engaging, contemporary, and fun program to life for youth members.

The Nova Awards

There are four Nova awards for Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. Each award covers one component of STEM—science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

• Cub Scout Nova awards: Science Everywhere, Down and Dirty, Nova WILD!, Out of This World, Tech Talk, Swing!, and 1-2-3 Go!

• Boy Scout Nova awards: Shoot! Let It Grow!, Start Your Engines, Whoosh!, and Designed to Crunch

• Venturer Scout Nova awards: Launch!, Power Up, Hang On!, and Numbers Don't Lie

For their first Nova award, Scouts earn the distinctive Nova award patch. After that, a Scout can earn three more Nova awards, each one recognized with a separate pi (π) pin-on device that attaches to the patch. The patch and the three devices represent each of the four STEM topics—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The Supernova Awards

The Supernova awards have more rigorous requirements than the Nova awards. The requirements and activities were designed to motivate youth and recognize more in-depth, advanced achievement in STEM-related activities.

For Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts:

  • Dr. Louis Alvarez Supernova Award

For Webelos Scouts:

  • Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award

For Boy Scouts:

  • Dr. Bernard Harris Supernova Bronze
  • Award Thomas Edison Supernova Silver Award

For Venturers:

  • Dr. Sally Ride Supernova Bronze Award
  • Wright Brothers Supernova Silver Award
  • Dr. Albert Einstein Supernova Gold Award

For earning the Supernova award, Scouts receive a medal and certificate.

All requirements may be found in the Nova awards guidebooks, available through local Scout shops—one for Cub Scouts, one for Boy Scouts, and one for Venturers. The requirements can be completed with a parent or an adult leader as the counselor (for the Nova awards) or mentor (for the Supernova awards). Each guidebook includes a section for the counselor and mentor.

BSA/PALA SCOUTStrong PALA Challenge Award (No. 614207)

PALA stands for the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award, a program of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN). PALA is designed to motivate participants to be physically active on a regular basis by allowing them to participate in activities they enjoy, as well as improving their eating habits. Earning a PALA is definitely doable by anyone at any fitness level. This challenge is for anyone, from students to seniors, but it’s geared towards everyone associated with Scouting.

To earn the ScoutingStrong PALA Challenge award, a participant is required to meet a daily activity goal of 30 minutes per day for adults and 60 minutes a day for kids under 18 for at least five days a week, for a total of six weeks. Participants can take up to eight weeks to complete the program. The participants pick their activities and strive to reach their goals, logging their physical activity along the way. More than 100 indoor and outdoor activities count toward the daily requirement, including walking, running, aerobics, gardening, and canoeing, as long as major muscle groups are engaged at a moderate to vigorous activity level. Also, each week the participants will focus on a healthy eating goal. Each week participants should add a new goal while continuing with their previous goals.

  • Make ½ your plate fruits and vegetables
  • Choose lean sources of protein
  • Consume more whole grains
  • Consume less salt
  • Choose low- or no-fat dairy
  • Eat more seafood
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks
  • Eat smaller portions

Starting the SCOUTStrong PALA Challenge will help participants:

• Commit to daily physical activity – and stick with it.

• Commit to making healthier food choices – one goal at a time

• Set realistic goals to encourage fitness and healthy eating habits for a lifetime.

• Track their progress with either a paper Personal Activity Log (PDF) or by accessing the Online Activity Tracker after creating an individual account.

On Paper:

- Participants will need to have a SCOUTStrong PALA Activity Log. These can be downloaded for free at

- Track daily activity using the SCOUTStrong PALA Activity Log.

- Upon completion of the six-week program, participants should self-certify the results on their Active Lifestyle Activity Log and submit it to their Scout leader.

For more information

About SCOUTStrong:

Email contact:

List of SCOUTStrong PALA Challenge activities:

About PALA:

About the President’s Challenge:

About the PCFSN: