Antarctic Scout Award
This program may not be available year to year. Check with your council or national headquarters for the latest news.
The Antarctic Scout joins a team of scientists conducting research during the Antarctic summer. This assignment adds value to the research team by providing assistance in accomplishing the team's missions. As a support member, the scout assists the scientists in the daily activities required to successfully conduct their field research projects. This includes any task from cooking and camp chores to scientific analysis of collected samples.
Historically, the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts have alternated years sending an Eagle Scout or Gold Award winner to Antarctica.
These are some past Antarctic Boy Scouts:
- Benjamin Pope, 2005-2006 Antarctic Scout
- Brad Range, 2003-2004 Antarctic Scout
- Tim Brox, 2001-2002 Antarctic Scout
These are the requirements for candidates for the Boy Scouts of America participation in the National Science Foundation and BSA scientific project to Antarctica.
- The candidate must be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
- The candidate must have had a minimum of three years' membership in the BSA.
- The candidate must be a high-school graduate and must be at least age 17 1/2 and not yet 21.
- The candidate must have earned the Eagle Scout rank.
- The applicant must be available for training during the month of September.
Candidates need to submit an Application Form to the BSA national headquarters before February 1.
See BSA page for more info. The medal and knot are not official BSA items and are not permitted to be worn on the official BSA uniform. Local councils may allow them to be worn.
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