Crime Prevention Award for All scouts

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The Boy Scouts of America's Crime Prevention Program assists neighborhoods and communities in their efforts to prevent crime by emphasizing youth, family, and community.

The Crime Prevention Award
Recognitions consisting of patches, wallet cards, certificates, and pins are available. All participants, including those not registered in Scouting, are eligible to earn the Crime Prevention Award provided they fulfill the requirements of the two phases outlined below and detailed on the application form.

January, 2007: I contacted BSA National about this award after hearing from someone that they could not get the patch locally. BSA replied that the Crime Prevention emblem IS in stock, however, this is a restricted item and can only be obtained through your local council. If your council does not have this in stock, they can order it. It is item #04189.

Phase I-Youth and Family
Youth and family members fulfill this phase of the award by completing the activities outlined on the application form for this phase, and having a parent and/or unit leader sign the application form afterward.

Phase II-Youth and Unit
This phase of the award is completed by:

  1. Securing the approval of a unit leader for a crime prevention project, either an original project or a project of a neighborhood- or community-based organization;
  2. Participating with your unit, den, patrol, friends, family, neighborhood, or community in the crime prevention project; and
  3. Having a parent and/or unit leader sign the application form afterward.

Once both phases have been completed, the unit leader must sign the application. Awards may be purchased at the local council service center.

Download the Cub Scout Application Form
or the Boy Scout Application Form.

Information for the Parent or Unit Leader

When working on crime prevention with youth, help them learn the importance of the following:

Addressing crime prevention through families is one of the most effective ways to combat the problem. Here are some important topics for family or one-on-one discussion:

The following strategies and projects can involve individuals or whole families in preventing crime:

When you focus on community crime prevention, consider participating in the following programs:

Consider these suggestions for crime prevention projects:

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 Mar 11, 2013 - Jeff
Hello, our Pack is working on the Crime Prevention Award.  I understand the items that the Den Leaders and Cub Scouts qualify for (patch, pin, wallet certificate, large certificate), but we had many of our family members participate in both Phases as well.  Could you please tell me what they earn?  Is it just the certificate, or is it more?  Thanks for your time.
Mar 11, 2013 - Scouter Paul
Jeff - They qualify for the same items as the Cub Scouts.
Dec 09, 2013 - Ryan
I'm having a ton of trouble finding information about this program/award on the official website(s).  Is it still available for Cub Scouts?
Dec 09, 2013 - Scouter Paul
@Ryan - There is no info about it on
You can purchase patches and pins on
Aug 20, 2014 - Jeff M
Does anyone have any suggestions for a crime prevention project for 3rd graders?
Aug 21, 2014 - @ Jeff M
Pass out flyers from the local Police Department to their class about Crime Prevention, missing/exploited children, crime tips, etc with of course the approval of the School and Police Department.  Just one idea.

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