Special Awards

Special awards are provided for completion of certain activities, projects, or accomplishments. Special awards are named for the purpose for which they are given.

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Forest Badge Award Sylvan Stars:Trailmen who receive their Forest Badge shall be eligible to earn certain additional Leaves through continued participation in the program within their age group. Trailmen who earn nine (9) additional Leaves in a single branch shall be eligible to receive a Forest Badge Sylvan Star. One Sylvan Star shall be awarded for each branch making a maximum of seven stars. Sylvan Stars are pinned to the Forest Badge and are worn on the uniform.

Fireguard: This is an additional learning tool for the Mountain Lions Patrol to help instruct them on fire safety. Upon the completion of this instruction, as well as hands-on learning, the Mountain Lion may earn the FIREGUARD CARD, which may be carried as proof of completion of skills necessary to handle all aspects of camp fire safety when going on outdoor activities with his Patrol, Troop, or family.

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Woodsman: This an additional learning tool for the Trailmen to help instruct on knife use and safety. Upon the completion of instruction, as well as hands on learning, the Trailmen may earn the WOODSMEN CARD which may be carried as proof of completion of skills necessary to handle all aspects of knife safety when going on outdoor activities with his family, Patrol, or Troop.

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Worthy Life Award: The most important special award within the Woodlands Trail program centers on faith. This award is titled the Worthy Life Award. Requirements are different for different age groups. The award is earned once within each age group, with the badge for the award changing as the boy advances to the next age group.

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Timberline Award: The Timberline Award is the highest award a Trailman can achieve in the Woodlands Trail program. It was developed to celebrate a boy’s entrance into the new world of Trail Life USA’s Navigators program. Just as the tall timbers stop at the Timberline’s edge, so must the Mountain Lion’s time stop in the Woodlands Trail program. As the Trailman proceeds on his individual path, he leaves the Woodlands Trail and embarks on a new trail of exploration and experiences in the Navigators program.