The Congressional Award: An impressive honor Scouts can earn just by being Scouts

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Matthew.Graham
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The Congressional Award: An impressive honor Scouts can earn just by being Scouts

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The Congressional Award: An impressive honor Scouts can earn just by being Scouts

Going for Gold?
Scouts like to aim high, so I’m guessing that many will be eyeing that Gold Medal. Christian shared a few examples of how Scouts might meet or exceed Gold Medal requirements just by enjoying all that Scouting has to offer.
  • 400 hours of voluntary service: Scouts spend a lot of time helping others and serving in leadership roles, and it’s surprising how quickly they accumulate more than 400 hours. Eagle Scout service projects could easily fulfill a large chunk of the 400 hours needed.
  • 200 hours of personal development: Scouts could register these hours by learning new skills, such as those taught in merit badges. It takes time, but it’s fun to pursue a new passion.
  • 200 hours of physical fitness: Working toward merit badges like Cycling, Swimming, Hiking, Backpacking and Athletics will give Scouts a good foundation for this requirement.
  • Four nights and five days on an “expedition or exploration”: A single trip to many BSA high-adventure bases would qualify, and Philmont Scout Ranch is mentioned by name in the FAQs. The primary requirement is that participants “plan, prepare and be responsible.”
  • 24 months of work toward the award: Scouts work for months toward lofty goals like the Eagle Scout Award, Quartermaster Award (Sea Scouts) or Summit Award (Venturing). All this time will count.
Program Director
Grand Canyon Council
Matthew.Graham@scouting.org

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