Special awards are categorized into youth only, adult volunteer only, and youth and adult volunteer awards. In addition many of the programs have awards that are unique, other awards cut across all programs. Finally, the Longs Peak Council has a unique set of awards.

Youth Awards (regardless of program)

  • Cyber Chip
  • National Medal for Outdoor Achievement (Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Sea Scouts, or Venturers)
  • Recruiter Strip

Youth and Adult Award (regardless of program)

  • Conservation Good Turn Award
  • 50 Miler Award
  • BSA Lifeguard (age 15 and older and adults)
  • Emergency Preparedness Award
  • Historic Trails Award
  • Interpreter Strip
  • Lifesaving and Meritorious Action Award
  • Messengers of Peace Award
  • Mile Swim Award (Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Ventures, Sea Scouts, Explorers and Adults)
  • National Eagle Scout Association Outstanding Eagle Scout Award
  • Outdoor Ethics
  • Religious Emblem Awards (youth members earn the awards, recognition is available from some denominations for adult volunteers)

Adult Volunteer Awards (regardless of program)

  • District Award of Merit
  • Scouters Key
  • Scouters Training Award

Cub Scout Youth Awards

  • Outdoor Activity Award

Cub Scout Volunteer Leader Awards

Boy Scout Youth Awards

  • Firem’n Chit
  • Glenn A and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year
  • Kayaking BSA
  • Keep America Beautiful Hometown USA
  • Paul Bunyun Woodsman

Boy Scout Volunteer Leader Awards

Venturing Youth Awards

Kayaking BSA

Venturing Volunteer Leader Awards


Council and District Youth Awards

Council and District Volunteer Leader Awards

  • Commissioner Arrowhead Award
  • Commissioner, Distinguished Commissioner Service Award
  • Commissioner, Doctorate of Commissioner Science
  • District Award of Merit
  • International Scouters Award
  • Silver Beaver Award – Silver Beaver Nomination – Due December 1

Unit Awards
These awards are presented/earned by all the youth and adult volunteer members of a particular scouting unit.

  • National Den Award: for Cub Scout Dens
  • National Honor Patrol Award: for Boy Scout Patrols
  • National Outdoor Challenge Unit Award: for Boy Scout Troops
  • National Summer Time Pack Award: for Cub Scout Packs