Scout Ranger Program

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The Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger

The Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger program invites Boy and Cub Scouts to participate in educational and/or volunteer service projects at national park sites to spark their awareness of the national parks and to provide Scouts with the opportunity to explore the national parks and learn more about protecting our natural and cultural resources. Scouts are awarded certificates and/or patches for participating in the program.

How to Earn a Certificate and/or Patch

Scouts can participate in the Resource Stewarship 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.

Getting Started

  1. Chose a National Park Service site.
    Visit Choose a national park, a monument, or any of 407 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.
  2. Imagine Yourself in a National 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.
  3. Contact the park and make a plan.
    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.
  4. Go to the park and Have Fun!

    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 needs.

  5. Have Fun!
    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 Tracker Log Sheet and turn it to a Park Ranger to receive your certificate and/or patch.

Scout Ranger Locations

Click here to see a list of National Park sites with opportunities for Scout Rangers.

Are you an Eagle Scout?

Please click here to download the Eagle Scout Award Certificate of Recognition. (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.

Last updated: July 16, 2019