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BCA Scouting

Scouting Awards

Welcome to the Buddhist Scouting and Camp Fire Religious Award Programs.  The National Buddhist Committee on Scouting is authorized to administer the Buddhist religious awards for the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the United States of America and the Camp Fire USA to their members.  The tabs will give you basic information on the Buddhist emblems of your organization and how to achieve them.

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Metta & Sangha Awards

Metta Award:

  • Nurture Cub Scouts to relate to all things with loving kindness and goodwill​​

Sangha Award

  • Stress the importance of both harmonious relationships and the universal brotherhood of all living beings.


Padma Awards

Brownie Emblem

  • Registered Girl Scout Brownie

  • 2nd and 3rd Grade

Junior Emblem

  • Registered Girl Scout Junior

  • 4th and 5th Grade

Cadette Emblem

  • Registered Girl Scout Cadette

  • 6th, 7th & 8th Grade

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Karuna Awards

The course covers teachings on Buddhism on a non-denominational basis, so that it may be pursued by Camp Fire USA members in any Buddhist school of thought.  Provisions can be made so that Teachings from any sponsoring institution may be emphasized.  The course is not only academic, but encourages the study and practice of many aspects of Buddhist culture, sub-culture, etiquette and/or the arts.

Bodhi Adult Recognition Award

The purpose of the Bodhi Award is to recognize an adult who has demonstrated the highest level of dedication and commitment to the youth members of the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the United States of America and the Camp Fire, Inc. to further their understanding of the Buddhist Teachings.  This award is not intended to honor individuals for their personal accomplishments or achievements, but rather their self-sacrifice to promote Buddhism.


The Bodhi Award is administered by the National Buddhist Committee on Scouting and is officially recognized by the corporate offices of the national organizations.

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Learn More About Awards

“I have over and over again explained that the purpose of the Boy Scout and Girl Guide Movement is to build men and women as citizens endowed with the three H’s namely, Health, Happiness and Helpfulness."

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