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Training Awards

You can earn the square knots identified on this page. You can track your progress by downloading a Progress Record Document. 

Tiger Den Leader Award

Den Leader Training Award (Wolf & Bear Den Leaders)

Description: Black over orange knot on gold field with orange border.

Award Requirements:
Tenure: Complete one year as a registered Tiger Cub den leader
Training:
  • Complete 'The New Tiger Cub Den Leader' Fast Start Training.
  • Complete basic training for Tiger Cub den leaders.
  • Complete Youth Protection training.
  • During your tenure for this award, participate in a Cub Scout leader pow wow or University of Scouting, or attend at least four roundtables.
Performance:
Do all of the following:
  • Conduct a Tiger Cub roundup for your pack with at least five new Tiger Cub boy/adult teams recruited.
  • Contact the host team each month and provide support as needed for one year.
  • Coordinate Tiger Cub den participation in three Cub Scout pack activities each year.
  • Graduate at least 60 percent of your Tiger Cubs into a Cub Scout den.
  • Report on the progress of Tiger Cub dens at 75 percent of pack leader meetings.
Keep track of your progress in earning the Tiger Den Leader Award with this progress record document.
Description: gold on gold knot on blue field with blue border.

Award Requirements:
Tenure: Complete one year as a registered Cub Scout den leader.
Training:
  • Complete 'The New Den Leader' Fast Start Training.
  • Complete basic training for Cub Scout den leaders.
  • Complete Youth Protection training.
  • During your tenure for this award, participate in a Cub Scout leader pow wow or University of Scouting, or attend at least four roundtables.
Performance:
Do five of the following:
  • During at least one program year, have a minimum of 50 percent of the Cub Scouts in your den earn the rank for their grade or age (Wolf or Bear).
  • At least once, reregister a minimum of 75 percent of the eligible members of your den as a part of pack rechartering.
  • Graduate a minimum of 60 percent of the eligible members of your den into Webelos Scouting.
  • Have an assistant den leader who meets regularly with your den.
  • Have a den chief who meets regularly with your den.
  • Take leadership in planning and conducting a den service project.
  • Conduct at least three den meetings per month, nine months per year, or follow an optional plan approved by the pack.
  • Participate with your den in a Cub Scout day camp or Cub Scout resident camp experience.
  • Explore three Character Connection activities with your den members in one year.
  • Hold regular den meeting and den activity planning sessions with your assistant den leader.
Keep track of your progress in earning the Den Leader Award with this progress record document.

Webelos Den Leader Award

Cubmaster Award

Description: orange on orange knot on gold field with gold border.

Award Requirements:
Tenure: Complete one year as a registered Webelos den leader.
Training:
  • Complete 'The New Webelos Den Leader' Fast Start Training.
  • Complete basic training for Webelos den leaders.
  • Complete Youth Protection training.
  • Complete outdoor training for Webelos den leaders.
  • During your tenure for this award, participate in a Cub Scout leader pow wow or University of Scouting, or attend at least four roundtables.
Performance:
Do seven of the following:
  • During at least one program year, have a minimum of 50 percent of the Webelos Scouts in your den advance in rank (Webelos badge or Arrow of Light Award).
  • At least once, reregister a minimum of 75 percent of the eligible members of your den as part of pack rechartering.
  • Graduate a minimum of 60 percent of the eligible members of your Webelos den into Boy Scouting.
  • Have an assistant Webelos den leader who meets regularly with your Webelos den.
  • Have a Webelos den chief who meets regularly with your den.
  • Take leadership in planning and conducting two Webelos overnight campouts or other outdoor den activities.
  • Assist in planning and conducting a Webelos den/Boy Scout troop joint activity.
  • Take leadership in planning and conducting a Webelos den service project.
  • Conduct at least three Webelos den meetings per month, nine months per year, or follow an optional meeting plan approved by the pack.
  • Participate with your den in a Webelos day camp or resident camp experience.
  • Explore three Character Connection activities with your den members in one year.
  • Hold regular den meeting and den activity planning sessions with your assistant den leader.
Keep track of your progress in earning the Webelos Den Leader Award with this progress record document.
Description: Light blue over light blue knot on gold field with gold border.

Award Requirements:
Tenure: Serve as a registered Cubmaster for two years or as a registered assistant Cubmaster for one year and a Cubmaster for one year.
Training:
  • Complete 'The New Cubmaster' Fast Start Training.
  • Complete basic training for Cubmasters.
  • Complete Youth Protection training.
  • During each year of tenure for this award, participate in a Cub Scout Leader pow wow or University of Scouting, or attend at least four roundtables.
Performance:
  • As a Cubmaster or assistant Cubmaster in a pack, earn the national Quality Unit Award at least twice.
  • Earn the National Summertime Pack Award at least once.
  • Plan and conduct pack meetings during each year registered as Cubmaster.
Keep track of your progress in earning the Cubmaster Award with this progress record document.

Cub Scouter Award

Pack Trainer Award

Description: Gold over light blue knot on blue field with blue border.

Award Requirements:
Tenure: Complete two years as a registered adult leader in a Cub Scout pack.
Training:
  • Complete Fast Start Training for your position.
  • Complete basic training for any Cub Scouting position.
  • Complete Youth Protection training.
  • During each year of tenure for this award, participate in a Cub Scout Leader pow wow or University of Scouting, or attend at least four roundtables.
Performance:
Do five of the following:
  • Assist in planning a pack program that results in advancement in rank by a minimum of 50 percent of pack members each year.
  • Serve as an adult leader related to a pack that earns the national Quality Unit Award.
  • Serve as leader of a blue and gold banquet, pinewood derby, space derby, raingutter regatta, field day, picnic, or other Cub Scout activity.
  • Give leadership to a promotional effort that results in at least 60 percent of pack members subscribing to Boys' Life magazine.
  • Develop or update a Tiger Cub or Cub Scout den activity book listing places to go, things to do, costs, distances, etc., locally for the five Tiger Cub areas or at least 12 Cub Scout themes.
  • Give leadership to planning and conducting a pack service project.
  • Organize participation of a pack in the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program.
  • Help with two annual unit Friends of Scouting campaigns.
  • Serve as a leader for members of your pack attending a Cub Scout day camp or resident camp.
  • Serve one year as pack trainer, during which time 75 percent of registered pack and den leaders complete basic training for their positions.
Keep track of your progress in earning the Cub Scouter Award with this progress record document.
Description: Blue and Gold knot on gold field with blue border.

Award Requirements:
Tenure: Complete two years as a registered pack trainer.
Training:
  • Complete Fast Start Training for the pack committee.
  • Complete Basic Leader Training for any Cub Scouting position.
  • Complete New Leader Essentials and be familiar with and able to explain the key elements of Leader Specific Training for all volunteer positions in the pack.
  • Complete Youth Protection Training.
  • Participate in a trainer development conference.
Performance:
  • Participate in a Cub Scout leader pow wow or university of Scouting (if your council conducts them) during each year of tenure for this award.
  • Have Cub Scout roundtable staff certify your attendance for at least 30 percent of the roundtables during each year of tenure for this award.
  • Attain 100 percent trained leadership within the pack for the committee chairman, Cubmaster, and all den leaders.
  • Have a working plan in place for delivering Fast Start training to new leaders within 48 hours of their joining your pack.
  • Have a working plan in place for helping leaders who have not taken basic training to attend New Leader Essentials and Leader Specific training.
  • Keep and update training records of all leaders in your pack.
  • During the pack annual program planning meeting, be available to answer questions about training courses.
  • Review ongoing pack leadership training status and provide leaders with updates on any available supplemental training.

Keep track of your progress in earning the Pack Trainer Award with this progress record document.

Scouter's Training Award

Scouter's Key Award

Description: green on green knot on tan field with tan border.

Boy Scout Award Requirements:
Tenure:
  • Complete a total of 2 years as a registered adult Boy Scout leader

Training:
  • Complete Boy Scout Leader Fast Start training
  • Complete New Leader Essentials
  • Complete Scoutmaster Basic Leader Training
  • Complete Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills >
  • Complete Youth Protection Training
Performance: Do any five of the following:
  • Participate in a support role for five overnight campouts.
  • Help with two annual unit and/or district Friends of Scouting presentations.
  • Participate actively in three troop parents' nights or courts of honor.
  • Help organize or reorganize a Boy Scout troop.
  • Help supervise or support a troop money-earning project.
  • Participate in a supplemental training course at either the council or national level.
  • Serve on the staff of a council or district training event.
  • Serve as a merit badge counselor for at least five Scouts.
  • Successfully complete Wood Badge training.
  • Fulfill requirements of a troop committee function from the Troop Committee Guidebook.
  • Assist actively with a Webelos den for 6 months.
  • Participate in six Boy Scout leader roundtables.
Keep track of your progress in earning the Boy Scouter Award with this progress record document.

Venturing Award Requirements:
Tenure:
  • Complete two years as a registered adult Venturing leader

Training:
  • Complete Fast Start
  • Complete Venturing Leader Specific Training
Performance: Do seven of the following:
  • Particpate in a support role for five crew weekend activities.
  • Serve on the staff of a district, council, area, region, or national Venturing training event.
  • Help with two Friends of Scouting enrollments.
  • Assist with a Venturing Leadership Skills course.
  • Serve as a Bronze, Gold, Silver, or Ranger consultant.
  • Participate in six Venturing roundtables or Teen Leaders' Councils.
  • Help organize or reorganize a Venturing crew.
  • Participate in two crew parents' nights.
  • Help support a crew money-earning project.
  • Participate in a crew open house.
  • Participate in a crew officers' seminar.
Keep track of your progress in earning the Advisor Training Award with this progress record document.

Sea Scout Award Requirements:
Tenure:
  • Complete three years of registered tenure in any adult capacity in Sea Scouting

Training:
  • Complete New Leader Essentials and Venturing Position Specific Training
  • Complete the Sea Scout Officers Specialized Training
  • Complete a boating safety course offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadron, or similar organization
Performance:
  • Perform to the satisfaction of the Skipper your assigned leadership duties
Keep track of your progress in earning the Sea Scout Award with this progress record document.

Varsity Award Requirements:
Tenure:
  • Complete a total of 2 years as a registered adult Varsity Scout leader

Training:
  • Complete Varsity Scout Leader Fast Start training
  • Complete New Leader Essentials
  • Complete Varsity Coach Leader Specific Training
  • Complete Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills
Performance: Do five of the following:
  • Participate in a team leader seminar.
  • Help with two annual uniut and/or district Friends of Scouting presentations.
  • Sere as a Varsity Scout program instructor or training course staff member.
  • Participate actively in three team parents' nights or courts of honor.
  • Coordinate at least one team money-earning project.
  • Serve for at least one year as team committee person assigned to one of the five program fields of emphasis.
  • Participate in size Varsity Scout leader huddles.
  • Server as an approved merit badge counselor for at least five Varsity Scouts.
  • Serve for at least one year as chairman of a Varsity Scout team committee.
  • Help organize or reorganize a Varsity Scout team.
Keep track of your progress in earning the Varsity Scout Award with this progress record document.
Description: white on green knot on tan field with tan border.

Scoutmaster's Key Award Requirements:
Tenure:
  • Complete at least 3 years of registered tenure as a Scoutmaster within a 5-year period. (can include the tenure used to earn the Scouter's Award)

Training:
  • Complete Boy Scout Leader Fast Start Training.
  • Complete New Leader Essentials
  • Complete Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training.
  • Complete Youth Protection Training.
  • Complete Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.
  • Earn Boy Scout Leader's Training Award.
  • Conduct troop youth leader training (three times).
  • Participate in one supplemental training course either at a local council or national level.
  • Participate as an adult in youth leader training by either serving on the staff or attending the Scoutmaster orientation session of the national youth leader training conference.
Performance:
  • Earn the Boy Scout Troop National Quality Unit Award two times during the three year period.
Keep track of your progress in earning the Scoutmaster Key Award with this progress record document.

Venturing Advisor's Key Award Requirements:
Tenure:
  • Complete three years of registered tenure as a Venturing crew advisor within a five year period
Training:
  • Complete Venturing Fast Start
  • Complete New Leader Essentials
  • Complete Venturing Leader Specific Training
  • Conduct Crew officer's seminars in each of your three years as Advisor
  • Conduct at least one Venturing Leadership Skills Course for your crew
  • Earn the Venturing Leader Training Award
Performance:
  • Earn the Venturing Crew National Quality Unit award two times
  • Have a crew parents' night and an open house each year
Attendance:
  • Attend at least 4 roundtables or teen leaders' council meetings each year
Keep track of your progress in earning the Advisor Key Award with this progress record document.

Skipper's Key Award Requirements:
Tenure:
  • Complete three years of registered tenure as a Skipper within a five year period
Training:
  • Complete New Leader Essentials and Venturing Position Specific Training
  • Complete the Sea Scout Officers Specialized Training
  • Complete a boating safety course offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadron, or similar organization
Performance:
  • At least twice during the three-year period, serve as the Skipper of a ship earning the National Quality Unit award
Keep track of your progress in earning the Skipper's Key Award with this progress record document.

Varsity Coach's Key Award Requirements:
Tenure:
  • Complete at least 3 years of tenure registered as a Varsity Coach within a 5-year period.

Training:
  • Complete Varsity Scout Fast Start Training.
  • Complete New Leader Essentials
  • Complete Varsity Coach Leader Specific Training.
  • Complete Introduction to Outdoor Skills.
  • Conduct youth leader introduction to leadership training twice.
  • Participate twice in a team leader seminar.
  • Participate in one training course beyond Varsity Scout Leader Specific Training (local council or national level experience).
Roundtable Attendance:
  • Attend at least six Varsity Scout Leader Roundtables during each year for three years
Performance:
  • At least twice during the three-year period, serve as Coach of a Varsity Scout team that earns the National Quality Unit Award
Keep track of your progress in earning the Varsity Coach's Key Award with this progress record document.

District Committee Key Award Requirements: Keep track of your progress in earning the District Committee Key Award with this progress record document.

District Commissioner Key Award Requirements: Keep track of your progress in earning the District Commissioner Key Award with this progress record document.

Roundtable Commissioner Key Award Requirements: Keep track of your progress in earning the Roundtable Commissioner Key Award with this progress record document.

Unit Commissioner Key Award Requirements: Keep track of your progress in earning the Unit Commissioner Key Award with this progress record document.

Philmont Training Center Masters (new!)

Description: Red knot on yellow background with yellow border.

Award Requirements:
The Philmont Training Center, the National Volunteer Training Center for the Boy Scouts of America, has developed a PTC Masters Track Program that encourages Scouting leaders to receive training themselves, yet also to help provide training to other leaders in their units, district, council, and other councils. The purpose of this program is to offer continuing educational opportunities so that Scouters have incentives to return, over a number of years, to take advanced training at the Center, and to be able to take their knowledge back to units, district, councils, council clusters, national and international venues to benefit Scouts and Scouters. All actions for the PTC Masters Track Square Knot must be earned after June 1, 2008. Courses taken prior to this date will not be counted.
First Track:
  • Attend the PTC as a participant
Earn a PTC Conference patch.
Second Track:
  • Take an additional course at PTC
  • Recruit 3 people to attend a PTC course
  • Teach a BSA course in your district, council, area, or region
Earn a PTC square knot. Upon completion of Track 2, contact PTC and request the needed form for verification to purchase the square knot and for your certificate.
Third Track:
  • Do one of the following two items:
    • Serve as a Faculty Member on a PTC Course
    • Attend an additional training course at the PTC
  • Recruit at least 3 people to attend a PTC course
  • Do one of the following three items:
    • Coordinate a Council, Area, or Regional Cluster approved training event and coordinate and staff a promotional booth for the PTC at a council event
    • Conduct a Council "Philmont Family Meeting" to share PTC information and encourage family participation
    • Teach a training course in a foreign country ? coordinated and approved by the BSA International Division
Earn a PTC Square Knot device.