Outdoor Ethics and Conservation Awards in the BSA

BSA strongly encourages its members to learn about conservation and ethics.  BSA offers three categories of conservation and outdoor ethics awards:  Leave No Trace awards; conservation awards; and the William T. Hornaday Awards for Distinguished Service to Conservation, Scouting’s highest conservation award.

Leave No Trace Awards


Leave No Trace Awareness Card.  You can earn this award by successfully completing a BSA Leave No Trace 101 course with a Leave No Trace Trainer or Master Educator or by passing a competency test with a Leave No Trace Trainer or Master Educator.  Click here to learn more about this course and award.


Cub Scout Leave No Trace Awareness Award.  Cub Scouts, Webelos and their leaders can earn this award that emphasizes how to practice Leave No Trace in developed areas.  Click here for requirements. 


Boy Scout/Varsity Scout Leave No Trace Awareness Award. Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts and their leaders can earn this award that emphasizes how to practice Leave No Trace in backcountry or primitive areas and the teaching of Leave No Trace skills to others.  Click here for requirements.



Conservation Awards

The BSA offers three major groups of conservation awards:  the Conservation Good Turn, open to units of any type; the World Conservation Award, which is open to Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts/Varsity Scouts; and the William T. Hornaday Award.

Conservation Good Turn

Cub Scout World Conservation Award

Boy Scout World Conservation Award

Venturing World Conservation Award

William T. Hornaday Awards