Pack Leader Awards and Insignia

All trained, registered and active volunteers deserve to wear their awards and insignia proudly on their uniforms.

Recognition awards are available to Cub Scout leaders who complete training, tenure and performance requirements. The local council presents these awards. All of the awards require the completion of Fast Start Training, Basic Leader Training for the position, Youth Protection training, and participation in roundtables or a pow wow or University of Scouting. Some require additional supplemental training.

Who Should Attend Training? Any registered adult leader should attend training for the position they have registered to serve in. If an adult leader changes positions while still registered, he or she should attend the Leader Specific Training for the position they currently serve in.


Trained Leader Emblem (No. 280)

A trained leader is knowledgeable, well prepared and confident. Having trained leaders provides our Scouts in Pack 46 with a better overall experience; by improving the quality of the program (with tools to lead youth) and ensuring every youth has access to trained leadership.

How do I get trained? Start at The Den Leader Training, Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster Training and Pack Committee Training are all divided into three main segments: Before the First Meeting, First 30 Days, and Position-Specific Training.

Who can wear the Trained strip?

  • Registered adult leaders who have completed Youth Protection Training and the training courses for their program, which are outlined below.

What are the program-specific requirements?

  • Cub Scouting: Position-Specific training for your position.

o Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster Position Specific Training

o Den Leader and Assistant Den Leader Position Specific Training

Where do I wear the Trained patch?

For shirts with pocket sleeves, the emblem is worn on the left sleeve pocket flap above the badge of office.

For shirts without pocket sleeves, the emblem is worn on the left sleeve immediately below and touching the emblem of office for which it was earned.

Additional Training Opportunities

For all unit leaders, several levels of training are available: Fast Start, Youth Protection, position specific, This Is Scouting, supplemental and advanced.

Youth Protection Training (YPT)

This training is an important component of BSA strategy to protect youth from abuse and other forms of mistreatment. New leaders are required to complete Youth Protection training within 30 days of registering. To take the training online, go to and establish an account using the member number you received when you registered for BSA membership. If you take the training before you obtain a member number, be sure to return to my.Scouting and enter your number for training record credit.

Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer does not meet the BSA’s Youth Protection training requirement at the time of the unit’s charter renewal, the volunteer will not be reregistered. We encourage all adults, including all parents, to take the BSA’s Youth Protection training. To find out more about the Youth Protection policies of the Boy Scouts of America and how to help Scouting keep your family safe, see the Parent’s Guide in any of the Cub Scouting handbooks or go to

Fast Start Orientation

The Fast Start Orientation training course should be used - immediately when a leader takes on a new Scouting role, to get a leader off to a fast start before basic training is available. This Is Scouting This Is Scouting highlights the values aims, history, funding, and methods of the Scouting program. New volunteers can complete the module via

Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders (OWL)

Designed specifically for Webelos Den Leaders and their assistants, this course teaches outdoor-related skills through demonstration and hands-on practice. Webelos den leaders should attend this training before conducting Webelos overnight camping with the boys and parents of the den. In addition to covering basic skills, this training details how to plan campouts, find resources, and include the outdoor adventures of the Webelos den program.

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation is a one-day training event that introduces parents and leaders to the skills needed to plan and conduct pack outdoor activities, particularly pack family camping. BALOO includes information on preparation, site selection, parent involvement, health and safety, equipment, food, and outdoor skills. This training is required for any adult who is in charge of planning a pack campout.

Wood Badge

Wood Badge is an advanced training program in the skills of leadership for all adult leaders in the Boy Scouts of America. This training program is conducted in two parts. The first is an advanced outdoor training experience that is presented over two long weekends, or as a week long course. The second part is the application phase, during which the leaders apply the skills that they learned to their specific Scouting position. This second phase is commonly referred to as “working your ticket”. Upon successful completion of both phases, the Scouter is recognized with Wood Badge beads, neckerchief, and woggle. Created in 1919 at Gilwell Park, Wood Badge became an integral part of the training program of the BSA in 1948.

Powder Horn

Powder Horn is a high adventure skills resource course for Venturing, Boy Scouting and Varsity Scouting leaders and youth (age 14 and up). The course provides an introduction to the resources needed to successfully lead youth through a program of outdoor adventure. The course presenters are expert consultants, from inside and outside of Scouting. It is not a certification event. It is for any youth or adult interested in experiencing a unit-level, high-adventure program.

What is Roundtable?

Roundtable is a form of commissioner service and supplemental training for volunteers at the unit level. The objective of roundtables are to provide leaders with ideas; information on policy and events; and training opportunities. IT is a forum for sharing experiences and enjoying fun and fellowship with other Scout leaders. When skillfully executed, the roundtable experience will inspire, motivate, and enable unit leaders to provide a stronger program for their Scouts..

Veteran Unit Bar (No. 196)

Please Note: Pack 2046 – 65 years (2017 – 2018)

To encourage unit tenure and to recognize members (youth & adult) of units that have been chartered 50 years or longer.

The Veteran Unit Bar is worn directly below the council patch, above and touching the unit’s numeral.

Den Leader Training Awards (No. 5016)

To recognize Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos den leaders who have completed training, tenure, and performance requirements.


Den Leaders


Complete one year as a registered den leader in the position selected. Tiger den leader’s tenure can be the program year as long as it is greater than eight months


  • Complete the basic training for the selected den leader position (in person, instructor-led, or e-learning).
  • Attend a pow wow or university of Scouting (or equivalent), or attend at least four roundtables (or equivalent) during the tenure used for this award.


Do five of the following during the tenure used for this award:

  • Have an assistant den leader who meets regularly with your den
  • Have a den chief who meets regularly with your den
  • Graduate at least 70 percent of your den to the next level
  • Take leadership in planning and conducting a den service project.
  • Have a published den meeting/activity schedule for the den’s parents
  • Participate with you den in a Cub Scout day camp or resident camp
  • Complete Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO).
  • Participate with you den in at least one family camp; if your den is a Webelos den, participate with your den in at least two overnight camps.
  • Take leadership in planning two den outdoor activities.
  • Hold monthly den meeting and den activity planning sessions with your assistant den leaders.

Scouter's Training Award (No. 5008)

The Scouter’s Training Award is given to encourage training, tenure in a position, participation, and performance of adult leaders.


Complete at least two years of tenure as a registered adult leader in a Cub Scout pack.


  • Complete basic training for any Cub Scout leader position
  • Complete This Is Scouting training.
  • Attend a pow wow or university of Scouting (or equivalent), or attend at least four roundtables (or equivalent) during each year of the tenure used for this award.


Do the following during the tenure used for this award:

  • Participate in an annual pack planning meeting in each year
  • Serve as an adult leader in a pack that achieves at least the Bronze level of Journey to Excellence in each year. The Quality Unit Award is acceptable if the tenure used is prior to 2011.
  • Give primary leadership in meeting at last one pack Journey to Excellence objective in each year.
  • Participate in at least one additional supplemental or advanced training event at the council, area, region, or national level during the two years.

Scouter's Key Award (No. 5006)

The Scouter’s Key Award is given to encourage training, performance and tenure. Earned by Cubmasters.


Within a five-year period, complete at least three years of registered tenure as a Cubmaster or one year as a registered assistant Cubmaster plus two years as a registered Cubmaster. (This can include the tenure used to earn the Scouter’s Training Award.)


  • Complete basic training for Cubmasters.
  • Complete This Is Scouting training.
  • Attend a pow wow or university of Scouting (or equivalent), or attend at least four roundtables (or equivalent) during each year of the tenure used for this award.


Do the following during the tenure used for this award:

  • Achieve at least the Silver level of Journey to Excellence for at least two years. The Quality Unit Award is acceptable if the tenure used is prior to 2011.
  • Earn the National Summertime Pack Award at least once.
  • Conduct an annual pack planning session and have a published pack meeting/activity schedule for the pack’s parents in each year.
  • Participate in at least one supplemental or advanced training event at the council, area, region or national level.

The Unit Leader of Merit (No. 610091)

  • Registered Cubmaster
  • Meet the training requirements for the registered position
  • Distribute a printed or electronic annual unit program and calendar to each family in the unit
  • Have a leader succession plan in place
  • Effectively use the advancement method so that at least 60 percent of the unit’s youth have advanced at least once during the last 12 months.
  • Cultivate a positive relationship with the chartered organization
  • Project a positive image of Scouting in the community.


Inclusive dates for the service in the above-selected position (include month and year; must be at least 18 continuous months of service in this position).

This award can be earned once in each Scouting Program

Religious Emblem - Adult (No. 5014)

The adult religious awards are presented by numerous religious denominations for distinguished volunteer service in the spiritual growth of the youth that are members of the Boy Scouts of America. Individuals must be nominated for these awards, and many of the adult religious awards have tenure, performance, spiritual and leadership criteria that are prerequisites to nomination.

Adult members that are presented with this recognition may wear the square knot above the left pocket.

Additional information on religious emblems is available from the BSA ( and P.R.A.Y (

How to Wear a Knot

Right side up: The loop of the embroidered square knot that comes in front of the standing part is always to the wear’s right. In knots where both strands are the same color and therefore it is difficult to distinguish which strand comes in front, use this drawing to determine wearer’s right. Knots are worn with the distinguishing color (not white) toward the wearer’s right.