There are many awards in the Scouts BSA program. Some are simple and take a step or two to complete. Some may take years of working on requirements. A complete list of the BSA Awards can be found here. Below are some highlighted awards with additional details:
Recruiter Strip and Master Recruiter Strip
Two of the easiest awards to earn.
The BSA National Recruiter Strip has just one requirement: recruit one friend into Scouting. Any youth member — in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing or Sea Scouts — who gets a friend, classmate or relative to sign up for Scouting can receive the red, white and blue patch.
The Mecklenburg County Council Specific Master Recruiter Strip has just two requirements: recruit two friends into Scouting. Any youth member — in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing or Sea Scouts — who gets two friends, classmates or relatives to sign up for Scouting can receive the red, white and blue patch
50 Miler Award
Recognize members who cover the trail or boat route of not less than 50 consecutive miles; take a minimum of five consecutive days to complete the trip.
members shall complete the 50 miles / 5 day trip by sailboat, canoe, on foot, by horse, or by bicycle
members shall complete a minimum of 10 hours each of group work on projects to improve the trail, springs, campsite, portage, or area.(If 10 hours can not be completed on trek remaining conservation hours will be completed on other conservation projects)
These awards are earned on your own outside of scouts but there is an official partnership with the BSA! Your work in scouting aligns with the awards. Service, merit badges, leadership and camping trips can be applied to this individual award program that scouts work on at their own pace.
You can register for the Congressional award at 13 ½ and start submitting activities when you turn 14. You can continue to work on the award until you turn 24.
There is a bronze, silver and gold certificate and a bronze, silver and gold medal.