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Earn a Certificate or Patch
Boy Scouts celebrate receiving the first ever Scout Ranger patch next to the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C.
The first ever scouts to receive the Scout Ranger patch celebrate while at the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C.

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How to earn a certificate:
Scouts participate in organized educational programs or volunteer service projects for a minimum of five (5) hours at one or more national park sites.

Scouts are eligible to receive the Scout Ranger certificate upon completion of the program requirements. Use of the certificate is on the honor system, as the certificate should only be downloaded after contributing five hours to a project.

Download the certificate.

Scouts can also share their experience by sending an email and photographs to npsyouthprograms@nps.gov. Scouts are also encouraged to submit a short narrative to the BSA Good Turn for America website describing their participation and lessons learned.


How to earn a patch:
Scouts participate in organized educational programs or volunteer service projects for a minimum of ten (10) hours at one or more national park sites.

Scouts will be awarded a patch upon verbally reporting their completion of the program requirements to an NPS employee or volunteer at a visitor center or information center.

Scouts can also share their experience by sending an email to npsyouthprograms@nps.gov. Scouts are also encouraged to submit a short narrative to the BSA Good Turn for America website describing their participation and lessons learned.

Scouts interested in keeping a log of their hours may use the Activity Sheet. This is not a requirement, but keeping track may assist you in determining how many hours you have completed.

Download the Activity Sheet.