Two special awards recognize den and patrol excellence

Just as a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, a Cub Scout pack or Boy Scout troop is only as strong as its weakest den or patrol. That’s why the BSA created the National Den Award and the National Honor Patrol Award. These twin honors show Scouts and Scouters how to make their dens and patrols stronger. Den&PatrolAwards

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE NATIONAL DEN AWARD? To encourage dens to have a quality year-round program. To qualify, dens do service and conservation projects, Cub Scout Academics and Sports activities, field trips, character-building activities and camping trips.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEN AWARD? Find a list of requirements on the application: bit.ly/denaward.  

HOW OFTEN CAN A DEN EARN THE DEN AWARD? Once a year. The pack committee determines the timing, either at the end of the charter year or the end of the calendar year.

WHO DETERMINES THAT A DEN HAS EARNED THE DEN AWARD? The den leader submits the application to the Cubmaster or committee chair for approval.

WHAT RECOGNITION ITEM GOES WITH THE DEN AWARD? The den can display the National Den Award ribbon (No. 17631; above right) on its den flag.

HOW LONG CAN THE DEN DISPLAY THE AWARD RIBBON? As long as it remains an active den within the pack.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE NATIONAL HONOR PATROL AWARD? To encourage patrols to have identity and spirit, be active, do Good Turns and service projects, complete rank advancement, wear the uniform, be organized,
participate with the troop and grow in size.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PATROL AWARD? Find a list of requirements on the application: bit.ly/patrolaward.

HOW OFTEN CAN A PATROL EARN THE PATROL AWARD? Every three months.

WHO DETERMINES if A PATROL HAS EARNED THE PATROL AWARD? The patrol leader submits the application to the Scoutmaster for approval. He or she determines whether the patrol has qualified.

WHAT RECOGNITION ITEM GOES WITH THE PATROL AWARD? Members of the patrol can wear the gold star (No. 367; above left) under their patrol emblems.

WHICH PATROL MEMBERS CAN WEAR GOLD STARS? All members of the patrol when the award was earned.

HOW LONG CAN A SCOUT WEAR GOLD STARS ON HIS UNIFORM? As long as he is a member of the patrol.

I’VE HEARD OF THE BADEN-POWELL PATROL AWARD. WHAT’S THE CONNECTION? The National Honor Patrol Award was formerly called the Baden-Powell Patrol Award.

HOW CAN PACKS AND TROOPS PROMOTE THESE AWARDS? Review progress at pack leader meetings and patrol leaders’ council meetings, post progress charts in their meeting places and plan a unit program that includes the required activities.

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