Awards for Your Den and Pack
Just as Cub Scouts can earn individual awards for themselves, they can
also work together to earn awards for their whole den or their pack. Getting
together to work on these awards is a great way to practice teamwork and to
show every Cub Scout how important he is as a member of his den or pack.
National Den Award
The National Den Award recognizes dens that have a quality, year-round
program. The award goes to dens that do service and conservation projects,
Cub Scout Academics and Sports, field trips, character building, and
camping. Dens earn the award as a team, not as individual den members. The
recognition is a ribbon for the den flag or den doodle.
National Summertime Pack Award
A pack can earn the National Summertime Pack Award by doing three pack
activities when school is out for the summer—one activity each in June,
July, and August. Packs that qualify get a colorful streamer for their pack
flag. Dens that have at least half of their members at the three summer pack
events can earn a den ribbon. Pack members who take part in all three events
are eligible for the National Summertime Pack Award pin, to wear on the right
pocket flap of their uniform.
If a pack is in a "year-round school" (or is part of a home-school
association), the pack could earn the Summertime Pack Award by having a
special pack activity during school breaks.
National Quality Unit Award
The Quality Unit Award recognizes outstanding packs (and also troops, teams,
crews, and ships) that have quality programs for their members. To earn this
award, packs need well-trained leaders and they must meet several other
requirements, such as holding regular pack meetings, qualifying for the National
Summertime Pack Award (above), going on an outdoor activity, doing a service
project, having at least three-fourths of the Scouts advance in rank, and
having all Scouts subscribe to Boys' Life magazine.
All members, both youth and adults, of a pack that earns this award may wear
the Quality Unit emblem on their uniforms. The pack may
also display a streamer on the pack flag.
Veteran Unit Emblem
This emblem is a gold embroidered bar worn by boys and adult leaders of
packs that have been chartered 50 years or longer. It is worn just below
the council patch, above and touching the pack numeral.
William T. Hornaday Unit Award
The Hornaday Awards program encourages learning about natural resources,
conservation, and the environment. Respecting the outdoors is an important
part of Scouting. Scouts learn to understand and take care of natural
resources and to protect the environment.
A Cub Scout pack may earn this award by doing a big, special conservation
project. More than half of the pack's members must take part. This award is
granted through the Conservation Service of the BSA National Council. Packs
must apply for the award through their local council.