In 2011 the National Council’s awards committee conducted a review of the hundreds of awards presented to Scouts and adults in the BSA. Many recommendations were made to update procedures and the awards themselves. Among the recommendations was the update of the unit leader training awards requirements and a review of the Cub Scout Leader Recognition Awards.
These recommendations have been reviewed by the national volunteer training committee and a task force of unit-level leaders. Some awards have been eliminated and all of the requirements for the remaining awards have been updated.
The forms and requirements have been simplified, but the committees do not believe that means easier. They are along the same lines and Adegree of difficulty as the previous requirements, but will be less complicated and consistent across the awards and the phases of the Scouting program.
The Cubmaster Award has been discontinued. Cubmasters may now earn the Scouter’s Key Award and may wear the Scouter’s Key knot with a Cub Scouting device.
The Cub Scouter and Pack Trainer Awards have been discontinued. Cub Scout pack leaders may earn the Scouter’s Training Award and may wear the Scouter’s Training Award knot with a Cub Scouting device.
The Tiger Cub and Webelos Den Leader’s Awards have been discontinued. All den leaders may earn a new Den Leader’s Training Award medal that is being created, and may wear the Den Leader’s Training Award knot (identical to the previous Cub Scout Den Leader Award knot) with the appropriate device. A Tiger Cub den leader device is also being developed.
Scouters who have earned the discontinued awards will still be able to wear these awards and knots.
Scouters who have begun to work on the Cub Scout Leader Recognition Awards will still be able to earn them as long as they are completed by the following dates:
- Tiger Cub Den Leader Award – December 31, 2012
- Webelos Den Leader Award – December 31, 2012
- Cubmaster Award – December 31, 2013
- Pack Trainer Award – December 31, 2013
- Cub Scouter Award – December 31, 2013
Cub Scouters who have not started to work on an award may only earn the new awards and must use the new requirements.
Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing awards, knots, and devices have not been changed. Only the requirements have been updated. Leaders who have started to earn these awards may use either set of requirements, but Scouters who have not started to work on an award may only use the new requirements.
The training awards and keys are designed to recognize unit Scouters for tenure, basic and continuing training, and successful performance in their leadership role.
The Boy Scout Leader’s Training Award and the Scoutmaster’s Key are training awards that recognize training, tenure, and performance.
Boy Scout Leader’s Training Award
- Complete This is Scouting
- Complete Leader Specific Training for your position
- Complete Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters)
- Complete Youth Protection Training
Complete a total of two years as a registered adult Boy Scout leader.
Do five of the following:
- Participate in a support role for five overnight campouts.
- Help with two annual unit and/or district Friends of Scouting campaigns.
- Serve on the staff of a council or district training event.
- Participate in a supplemental training course at either the local council or national level.
- Participate actively in three troop parents’ nights or courts of honor.
- Help supervise and support a troop money-earning project.
- Serve as a merit badge counselor for at least five Scouts.
- Successfully complete Wood Badge training.
- Fulfill requirements of a troop committee function as described in the Troop Committee Guidebook.
- Assist actively in a Webelos den for six months.
- Participate in six Boy Scout leader roundtables.
- Help organize or reorganize a Scout troop.
Scoutmaster’s Key Requirements
- Complete Fast Start Orientation training.
- Complete This Is Scouting.
- Complete Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training.
- Complete Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.
- Participate in one supplemental training course either at a local council or national level.
- Participate in at least six Boy Scout leader roundtables a year.
- Conduct troop leadership training at least three times, as outlined in the Troop Leadership Training manual.
- Participate as an adult in youth leader training by either serving on the staff or attending the Scoutmaster orientation session of the council National Youth Leadership Training course.
- Earn the Boy Scout Leader’s Training Award.
- Complete Youth Protection training.
Complete three years of registered tenure as a Scoutmaster within a five-year period (can include the tenure used to earn the Scouter’s Award).
At least twice during the three-year period, serve as Scoutmaster of a Troop that earns the national Quality Unit Award.