Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program (Belt Loops and Pins)

Official BSA Cub Scout Citizenship Belt Loop

The Academics and Sports program gives Cub Scouts extra recognition activities to earn.  In Academics subjects and Sports, Cub Scouts learn new skills, become better scholars, learn sportsmanship, and have fun.  You can get to know a sport or an academic subject that’s new to you –maybe astronomy, chess, computers, science; golf, hiking, tennis, or skateboarding to name a few in the program.

Belt loops and pins are a great way to help fulfill the aims of Scouting-build character, develop citizenship, and encourage mental and physical fitness.  Through a variety of subjects, you can stretch your mind and abilities by exploring the wonders of science, learning about the world, and expanding skills in new areas.

This is a chance to try something new, do your best, and earn recognition all at the same time.

Some of the belt loops must be earned in order to earn certain Webelos activity pins.  Some belt loops and pins may only be earned once while others can be earned multiple times.  Earning a belt loop is usually very quick and easy while earning a pin involves a more in-depth study of the subject of choice.

Use the link above to learn more about what belt loops and pins are available and to download pdf copies of the requirements.

Cyber Chip Award

Today’s youth are spending more time than ever using digital media for education, research, socializing, and fun.  To help families and volunteers keep youth safe while online, the Boy Scouts of America introduces the Cyber Chip.  In developing this exciting new tool, the BSA teamed up with content expert NetSmartzr, part of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Childrenr and training expert for many law enforcement agencies.

BSA Emergency Preparedness Award

When an emergency occurs, it affects every youth and adult member of BSA in the immediate area, creating the responsibility to respond first, as an individual; second, as a member of a family; and third, as a member of a Scouting unit serving the neighborhood and community.  Because of these multiple levels of responsibility, the Emergency Preparedness BSA plan includes training for individual, family, and unit preparedness.  Special training in all three areas is a prerequisite for BSA members conducting any type of emergency service in their communities.

Leave No Trace Award

As more people use parks and recreation facilities, LEAVE NO TRACE guidelines become even more important for outdoor visitors.

Leave No Trace is a plan that helps people to be more concerned about their environment and to help them protect it for future generations. Leave No Trace applies in a backyard or local park (frontcountry) as much as it does in the wilderness (backcountry).

Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award

Tiger Cubs, Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts have the opportunity to earn the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award.  Boys may earn the award in each of the program years as long as the requirements are completed each year. 

The first time the award is earned, the boy will receive the pocket flap award, which is to be worn on the right pocket flap of the uniform shirt.  Each successive time the award is earned, a wolf track pin may be added to the flap.  Leaders should encourage boys to build on skills and experiences from previous years when working on the award for a successive year.

Cub Scout Outdoor Ethics Awareness & Outdoor Ethics Action Awards

Cub Scouts and their leaders interested in learning more about outdoor ethics and Leave No Trace should begin by exploring the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award. & The Outdoor Ethics Action Award challenges Scouts and Scouters to take affirmative steps to improve their outdoor skills.

National Summertime Pack Award

During the summer months, there is a great deal of opportunity for Cub Scout boys to learn about the outdoors.  The BSA has created some of the above awards to encourage young boys to explore their world.  These are very fun to earn.

The problem with summer months is that attendance at pack meetings tends to drop as families like to take extended vacations during the warm months of June, July, and August.  To encourage continued attendance at pack meetings during the summer, the BSA created the National Summertime Pack Award.

The National Summertime Pack Award is an award that each boy in the pack can earn for himself and each pack can earn together.  There is an individual Cub Scout award and a pack award.  A boy earns this award by attending a pack activity in each summer month.  These need not all be pack meetings but can rather be a pack service project instead.  A pack earns this award by completing the application form linked above.

Cub Scout NOVA Awards


The Boy Scouts of America’s NOVA Awards program incorporates learning with cool activities and exposure to science, technology, engineering and mathematics for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. The hope is that the requirements and activities for earning these awards stimulates interest in STEM-related fields and shows how science, technology, engineering and mathematics apply to everyday living and the world around them. Counselors and mentors help bring this engaging, contemporary, and fun program to life for youth members.

The Nova Awards

There are four Nova awards for Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers.  Each award covers one component of STEM-science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

Cub Scout Nova awards: Science Everywhere, Tech Talk, Swing!, and 1-2-3 Go!

For their first Nova award, Scouts earn the distinctive Nova award patch. After that, a Scout can earn three more Nova awards, each one recognized with a separate pi (p) pin-on device that attaches to the patch. The patch and the three devices represent each of the four STEM topics-science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The Supernova Awards

The Supernova awards have more rigorous requirements than the Nova awards. The requirements and activities were designed to motivate youth and recognize more in-depth, advanced achievement in STEM-related activities.

For Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts: Dr. Louis Alvarez Supernova Award

For Webelos Scouts: Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award

For earning the Supernova award, Scouts receive a medal and certificate.

Cub Scout Shooting Sports Award

The Cub Scout Shooting Sports Award, No. 34216, may be awarded to a boy whenever he achieves a level of marksmanship or excellence.  The range master, with other leaders of the camp or event, may determine special circumstances where a unique award might be useful.  The award might be given for proficiency in shooting, best sportsmanship, or other appropriate achievement.  The award is available from the National Distribution Center.

**Cub Scout shooting sports programs may be conducted only on a district or council level.  Archery and BB gun shooting are restricted to day camps, Cub Scout/Webelos Scout resident camps, council-managed family camping programs, or to council activities where there are properly trained supervisors and all standards for BSA shooting sports are enforced.  Archery and BB gun shooting are not to be done at the pack level.

Whittling Chip

This certification grants a Bear Cub Scout or Webelos Scout the right to carry and use a pocketknife.  The Scout must show his Scout leader, or someone designated by his leader, that he understands his responsibility when using a knife.

World Conservation Award

The World Conservation Award provides an opportunity for individual Wolf Cub Scouts, Bear Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Varsity Scouts and Venturers to “think globally” and “act locally” to preserve and improve our environment.  This program is designed to make youth members aware that all nations are closely related through natural resources, and that we are interdependent with our world environment.