Headed to a National Park? Check out these National Park Service Programs For Boy Scouts:
Scout Ranger Program
Scouts who complete 10 hours of educational programs and/or service work at a National Park qualify for a Scout Ranger patch. Scouts who complete 5 hours of educational programs and/or service work at a National Park qualify for a certificate.
Hours can be completed at one or several parks over any amount of time. This sounds like a great addition to a family vacation or unit visits to a National Park. Awards are received on the honor system when a Scout reports their hours to any NPS ranger. For details about the program see How To Earn a Scout Ranger Certificate or Patch
Boy Scouts who have completed their requirements for an Eagle Scout award are eligible to receive a certificate of recognition from the National Park Service. Scout leaders and/or parents must send a e-mail or letter to the Youth Programs office requesting recognition of the young person’s Eagle Scout achievements.
Send requests to:
NPS Youth Programs
1201 Eye Street NW 11th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
Due to the popularity of this program among the thousands of young people receiving Eagle Scout awards each year, persons requesting NPS recognition should be sure to submit their requests at least one month in advance of the date when the certificate is needed. In addition, scout leaders who have multiple scouts for whom NPS recognition is requested are encouraged to include all of the names within one single email. Seperate emails are not necessary.
Parks with Boy Scout Opportunities
Individual parks offer historic trails programs or patch programs for Boy Scouts.
Check out this list of parks for available opportunities. You’ll have to dig around to find specifics about the individual park’s program for Scouts but it is worth it – there are some interesting opportunities out there.