Scout Ranger Program

Volunteer Scout from Troupe 640 helps with re-vegetation project
A Boy Scout smiling in uniform

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What is the Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger Program?


The Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger program is a partnership between the National Park Service and the Boy Scouts of America. The program invites Scouts and Cub Scouts to participate in educational and/or volunteer service projects at national park sites. These activities spark their awareness of the national parks and provide Scouts with the opportunity to explore their national parks and learn more about protecting our natural and cultural resources. Scouts are awarded certificates and/or patches after meeting certain requirements of the program. Please read on to learn more.
Resource Stewardship Badges for Scouts
Official Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger patch

How Can You Earn a Certificate and/or Patch?


Scouts and Cub Scouts (boys, girls, and young adults) can participate in the Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger Program through a troop, event, travel, or camp experience, and will be awarded a program certificate and/or patch upon completion.

To earn a Scout Ranger certificate, Scouts should participate in organized education activities and/or volunteer service projects for a minimum of five (5) hours at one or more national parks.

To earn a Scout Ranger patch, Scouts should participate in organized educational activities or volunteer service projects for a minimum of ten (10) hours at one or more national parks. Examples of qualifying organized educational programs include the following:
  • Ranger-guided interpretive tours
  • Junior Ranger programs
  • Environmental education programs
  • Any other official NPS education program (campfire program, ranger-led hike, etc.)
Please complete this activity tracking sheet and mail it to the last park where you completed your hours, or email the document and provide your mailing address to us at npsyouth@nps.gov if you are having trouble receiving your certificate and/or patch, and we can help you.
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Scout Ranger Program Video

Boy Scouts at President's Park
Scouts and NPS staff pose for a group photo at President's Park

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Getting Started

Visit https://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm. Choose a national park, monument, or any of the 423 sites protected by the National Park Service. Explore nature, learn the history, and read the stories to discover why it is important to preserve your park.
Brainstorm activities that you might want to experience at a national park. Consider working outside with a geologist or inside identifying fossils. Maybe wildfire restoration, building a bridge, or a night sky project interests you.
Call the park (the phone number is on the park's website under "Contact Us"). Identify yourself as a Cub/BoyScout. Ask if there is someone who works with the Scout Ranger program or a volunteer coordinator. Express your ideas to the coordinator. Together, plan a project to help the park and fulfill your goals.
Once all the logistics are set up, go and have fun with the Scout Ranger Program! Please keep track of your time using the activity tracking sheet, and turn it in to a Park Ranger to receive your certificate and/or patch. If your park does not have a volunteer program or is too far away to visit, work with the park volunteer coordinator on a project that meets the park's needs.
Boy Scouts with Park Ranger.
Boy Scouts with a park ranger

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Scout Ranger Locations


Click here to see a list of national park sites with opportunities for Scout Rangers.
Boy Scouts celebrate National Park Week and the Centennial of the Theodore Roosevelt Council at Sagamore Hill NHS
Troop 362 of New York posing for a group photo

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Are you an Eagle Scout?


Learn how you can download the Eagle Scout Award Certificate of Recognition here. Plese note use of the certificate is based on the honor system, as the certificate should only be downloaded after advancing to Eagle Scout rank.

The Scout Ranger Program is not part of the qualifications for the Boy Scout Eagle award or for the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, or Gold awards. However, as many high-achieving Scouts can affirm, experiences gained in the Scout Ranger Program enhance progress toward these lofty goals.

Meet an Eagle Scout!

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During the 2021 Boy Scouts of American National Outdoor Conference, a session on how to volunteer at a National Park Service site focused on one Eagle Scout project that was completed by Tyler Rush at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area with guidance from Mike Malone, a retired NPS employee. Mike has managed over 100 projects with Boy Scouts in national and state park sites and is now a volunteer with NPS. Learn more about this project and how you can get involved with volunteering at NPS.

Last updated: April 18, 2022