This an individual award for scouts who participate for a minimum of 10 hours in an organized education program and/or volunteer service project at a national park unit.
Qualifying organized educational programs include:
- Ranger-guided interpretive tour
- Cultural or historic demonstration program
- Junior Ranger program
- Natural environmental and resources education program
- Any other official NPS education program
Qualifying volunteer service projects include any organized project that helps and enhances the natural and/or cultural resources of a park unit. Volunteer service can include - but is not limited to - performing trail restoration, campsite cleanup, and any activities for which the park identifies an appropriate volunteer opportunity.
Scouts can qualify for this patch as a part of a troop unit or as an individual.
Scouts are on their honor to report their activities and time accurately. Scouts will be awarded a patch upon verbally reporting their completion of the program requirements to a park ranger.
All volunteer service project hours will be recorded under the Volunteers in Parks Program (VIP).
All scouts will need to sign a volunteer agreement in order to participate in a volunteer service project.
All participants under 18 years of age will need parental permission in order to participate in a volunteer service project.
All scouts completing the requirements for the Junior Ranger program will also qualify for a Junior Ranger badge.
Contact Us to ask about the program and how you can participate!