WHEN THE WORLD WILDLIFE FUND, the Boy Scouts of America and other World Scouting organizations launched the World Conservation Award in 1975, the patch was just for Scouts BSA (known at the time as Boy Scouts). Since then, the award has expanded to include Cub Scouts, Venturers and Sea Scouts. The requirements have been updated to reflect changes in the advancement program.
What is the purpose of the World Conservation Award?
The award provides an opportunity for youth members to think globally and act locally to preserve and improve our environment. That’s a different way of stating the award’s original goal: “recognizing achievement in environmental improvement, natural resource conservation and an understanding of world conservation problems” (as Boys’ Life explained at the award’s introduction).
What are the requirements for Cub Scouts?
Cub Scouts must complete specific adventures and parts of adventures (depending on their rank) and participate in an additional den or pack conservation project.
Can Tigers and Lions earn this award?
No, because Cub Scouts must complete Wolf, Bear or Webelos adventures along the way.
What are the requirements for Scouts BSA?
Scouts must earn three merit badges: Environmental Science or Sustainability; Soil and Water Conservation or Fish and Wildlife Management; and Citizenship in the World. They must also participate in a conservation project of at least three hours that addresses a conservation need common in more than one country.
Can we count a conservation project that contributed to the Life rank?
No. The Cub Scout and Scouts BSA applications say that requirements for this award must be completed in addition to any similar requirements completed for rank.
What are the requirements for Venturers/Sea Scouts?
Venturers and Sea Scouts must complete the Ecology elective of the Ranger Award and several other requirements related to the global aspect of conservation. Like Scouts BSA, they must also participate in a conservation project of at least three hours that addresses a conservation need common in more than one country.
Can adult leaders earn this award?
Who approves completion of the World Conservation Award?
The den leader, Scoutmaster, Advisor or Skipper.
What are the award recognition items?
Each award is represented by a colorful patch that’s worn on the right uniform pocket: Cub Scout emblem (purple border), No. 139; Scouts BSA emblem (tan border), No. 140; Venturing/Sea Scout emblem (green border), No. 152. A pocket certificate, No. 32080, is also available.
Why is there a panda on the patch
It’s a nod to the support of the World Wildlife Fund.
How do I obtain the recognition items?
Take the completed World Conservation Award application, available through the link below, to your local council service center.