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BSA Fun for the Family Award




Families are the basis of society. It is in the family that a child learns at an early age about love,
values, social interactions, self-esteem, and preparation for today's world. Today's' family has
been targeted as vital to the future of our nation and our world.

The Boy Scouts of America has a deep interest in the strength of the family. Scouting's aim is to
develop boys, young men, and young women into participating citizens of good character who are
physically, spiritually, and mentally fit.

The BSA Family Award program includes a series of activities designed to help strengthen all families--whether two-parent, single-parent, or nontraditional. This program was designed to help families accomplish worthy goals while building and strengthening relationships among family members. All family members are encouraged to participate and may earn the award.

To earn the award, a family must complete 10 activities within a 12-month period. The family chooses one activity in two topics in each of the following categories:

  1. Learning Through Fun and Adventure
  2. Strengthening Family Relationships
  3. Developing Personal Strengths
  4. Teaching Responsibility
  5. Handling Difficult Situations

When a family has completed these requirements, they are eligible to receive an award certificate, patches for uniform wear, and/or pins for non-uniform wear.

The BSA Family Activity Book is the primary resource for the BSA Family Award program. It is filled with suggested activities to enhance the children's personal development and enrich and strengthen the family.

The BSA Family Activity Book is divided into five categories that include several topics of interest to families. Each topic contains suggested activities for a family to do together. These activities could include going on field trips; telling stories; doing arts and crafts projects; playing games; participating in family discussions; or making lists, charts, and scrapbooks.

Most of the ideas in the BSA Family Activity Book will be useful during family meetings or gatherings. However, parents will also find ways to incorporate them into daily life. Many ideas may be adapted for use while riding in a car and during mealtimes, and may provide things to occupy children when they say there is "nothing to do." In short, parents may use the ideas and activities to meet their own family's needs and interests.

Included with most topics are recommended books for adults and children to read together. One can find these (or other books) at a local public library. Adults and children may take turns reading aloud. There are many wonderful books to help explain or illustrate any topic the family explores.

The BSA Family Activity Book is available at your local council service center or wherever Scouting merchandise is sold. Visit www.scoutstuff.org to find a list of Scouting retailers in your area.

The cost of the awards at the time of this posting is $2.49 each.

Building a Family Team



You must complete two activities in each category in order to receive the BSA Family Award.  Once you have received the award, you may go back and complete two more activities in any given category and receive the award for that category.  You can then go back and complete two more activities in that same category and receive the pin for that category.  You can continue earning pins for the same category until you have completed all the activities in that category.

These are the categories for Building a Family Team.  Descriptions of the activities are in the Fun for the Family book.

**This award was earned by a Pack 901 family in May 2012 & 2013.

Name of Activity Type of Activity Core Value
A Budget Bank Making a savings plan Honesty
B Church Visit Visiting a church service Faith
C Clean-Up! House/yard cleanup Citizenship
D Family Campout Campout Cooperation
E Family Crest Making a poster Responsibility
F Family Garden Planting a garden Resourcefulness
G Family Pet Taking care of a pet Responsibility
H Family Potluck Dinner or dessert night Health & Fitness
I Farm Visit Practicing personal hygiene Health & Fitness
J Follow the Leader Family activity Courage
K Good Sportsmanship Game or sports activity Health & Fitness
L Happy Hikers Hiking Perseverance
M Job Chart Making a job chart Positive Attitude
N Measure Up Measuring Resourcefulness
O Mission Possible Helping a community cause Faith
P Read-a-thon Reading books Perseverance
Q Secret Pal Secret service Compassion
R Story Creator Telling stories Cooperation
S Team Spirit Creating a family team and logo Cooperation

Connecting With Your Community



You must complete two activities in each category in order to receive the BSA Family Award.  Once you have received the award, you may go back and complete two more activities in any given category and receive the award for that category.  You can then go back and complete two more activities in that same category and receive the pin for that category.  You can continue earning pins for the same category until you have completed all the activities in that category.

These are the categories for Connecting with Your Community Category.  Descriptions of the activities are in the Fun for the Family book.

**This award was last earned by a Pack 901 family in May 2012 & 2013.

Name of Activity Type of Activity Core Value
A Bike Ride Bike Riding Health & Fitness
B Car Wash Washing cars Respect
C Care Center Program Program or service Compassion
D Church Help Service activity Honesty
E Community Cleanup Cleaning a park Respect
F Community Event Participating in a dair or parade Cooperation
G Community Service Service activity Citizenship
H Conservation Project Conservation project Perseverance
I Fire Hydrant Care Adopting a fire hydrant Courage
J Flag Day Flag etiquette Citizenship
K Food Drive Helping with a food drive Compassion
L Garbage Weight Weighing garbarge Responsibility
M Helping My Neighbor Helping neighbors Positive Attitude
N Neighborhood Pixie Secret service Compassion
O Public Transport Riding a city bus Resourcefulness
P Recycling is Best Visiting a recycling center Resourcefulness
Q Road Trip Visiting historical sites Citizenship
R Rules of Respect Listing rules and laws Honesty
S Tree Planting Planting trees Faith

Developing Personal Skills



You must complete two activities in each category in order to receive the BSA Family Award.  Once you have received the award, you may go back and complete two more activities in any given category and receive the award for that category.  You can then go back and complete two more activities in that same category and receive the pin for that category.  You can continue earning pins for the same category until you have completed all the activities in that category.

These are the categories for Developing Personal Skills.  Descriptions of the activities are in the Fun for the Family book.

**This award was last earned by a Pack 901 family in May 2012.

Name of Activity Type of Activity Core Value
A Career Choice Exploring a career Citizenship
B Courtesy Capers Role-playing Cooperation
C Family Fitness Playing a game or sport Health & Fitness
D Family Restaurant Family Dinner Responsibility
E Family Support Attending an event or practice Compassion
F Game Day Playing games Honesty
G Guess Who? Guessing game Honesty
H Hobby Fun Working on hobbies Resourcefulness
I Keep It Clean! Practicing personal hygiene Health & Fitness
J Mealtime Manners Family Dinner Positive Attitude
K Money Games Playing board games Responsibility
L Music Melodies Enjoying music Positive Attitude
M Practice Makes Perfect Practicing a skill or talent Perseverance
N Skills Showcase Demonstrating  skills or talents Respect
O Skit Fun Doing a skit or melodrama Resourcefulness
P Special Strengths Dinner discussion Faith
Q Talent Show Family talent show Courage
R Words! Words! Words! Word-building games Perseverance

Facing Family Challenges



You must complete two activities in each category in order to receive the BSA Family Award.  Once you have received the award, you may go back and complete two more activities in any given category and receive the award for that category.  You can then go back and complete two more activities in that same category and receive the pin for that category.  You can continue earning pins for the same category until you have completed all the activities in that category.

These are the categories for Facing Family Challenges.  Descriptions of the activities are in the Fun for the Family book.

**This award was last earned by a Pack 901 family in May 2012 & 2013.

Name of Activity Type of Activity Core Value
A Cemetery Discovery Art activity at the cemetery Respect
B Family Emergency Plan Making emergency kit Resourcefulness
C Family Journal Writing in a family journal Positive Attitude
D Fire Drill Mock distaster fire drill Cooperation
E Frozen Feast Preparing food Responsibility
F Honor Book Honoring a loved one Respect
G Hopeful Lessons Discussion Faith
H Memorial Day Visiting cemetary Citizenship
I Moving On Making goodbye cards Positive Attitude
J Nature Honor Planting trees or flowers Respect
K Nutrition First! Making a healthy snack Health and Fitness
L Obstacles! Obstaacles! Setting up an obstacle course Perseverance
M Pet Memories Making a memory book Courage
N Physical Assistance Visit to a store for people who need physical assitance Respect
O Problem Solver Discussion Courage
P Safety and Security Visit with police or fire department Citizenship
Q Security Code Fingerprinting and codes Honesty
R Tender Loving Care Helping one with long-term illness Compassion
S Welcome Neighbors Preparing treats Compassion

Shaping Your Family Identity



You must complete two activities in each category in order to receive the BSA Family Award.  Once you have received the award, you may go back and complete two more activities in any given category and receive the award for that category.  You can then go back and complete two more activities in that same category and receive the pin for that category.  You can continue earning pins for the same category until you have completed all the activities in that category.

These are the categories for Shaping Your Family Identity.  Descriptions of the activities are in the Fun for the Family book.

**This award was last earned by a Pack 901 family in May 2012 & 2013.


Name of Activity Type of Activity Core Value
A Bookworm Reading books Cooperation
B Celebrate the Date Theme of the month activity Citizenship
C Family Ancestors Storytelling Courage, Faith, or Perseverance
D Family Faith Practicing faith in God Faith
E Family Moto Making a poster Honesty
F Family reunion Family reunion interview Courage
G Family Roots Making family history tree Respect
H Family Values Family council and activity Health & Fitness
I Heritage Party Party Resourcefulness
J Holiday Tradition Holiday tradition activity Cooperation
K House Upon a Rock Making sand sculptures Positive Attitude
L Kindness Counts Role-playing Compassion
M Lights On Discussion Faith
N Milestone Celebration Party Courage
O Name Book Making a family book Respect
P Picture Perfect Drawing pictures Responsibility
Q Treasure Hunt Treasure hunt Perseverance