Any young adult is eligible for the Young American Award and all youth participating in the high school Learning for Life or Exploring program can apply for an array of the following awards.

Young Adult Awards

Lifesaving or Meritorious Award
Congressional Award
An adult advisor, whom you choose, helps you set challenging but a achievable goals in the four program areas. Once you’ve achieved your goals, you summarize them on a Recommendation Form. You’ll receive a letter, which will let you know when your Senator and /or member of Congress will present you with your medal and certificate.
Career Achievement Award program
The Learning for Life Career Achievement Award program allows young people to be recognized for community service and to acquire and be recognized for career proficiency achievement in either arts & humanities, aviation, business, communications, engineering, fire & emergency service, health, law & government, law enforcement, science, skilled trades, social services, or all 12 career clusters. It gives Explorers and student participants distinguished credentials for their resume.
Leadership Award Program
Leadership Award is given to youth and adults who have given exceptional dedication and leadership to the youth participants in either the Learning for Life or Exploring Program.
President’s Volunteer Service Award
Learning for Life has a proud history of service learning. Our volunteers continue to work to meet the needs of their neighborhoods and the community. Individuals who have completed 4,000 or more volunteer service hours over the course of their lifetime are eligible to receive the President’s Call to Service Award.

Adult Leader Awards

William H. Spurgeon, III Award

The William H. Spurgeon, III Award was developed in 1971 in honor of the man who is regarded as the major leader in the development of special interest Exploring. Mr. Spurgeon was a business executive at the Irvine Company in Southern California who personally organized many special interest posts in the 1960′s. Mr. Spurgeon served for many years as a member of the National Council Executive Board and national Exploring Committee. His pioneering efforts led to the present contemporary Exploring Program. He devoted much of the late 1960′s to promoting Exploring and is particularly remembered as a dynamic speaker for Exploring Impact Plan luncheons across America. Mr. Spurgeon passed away in 1970. >> Nomination form

Participating Organization Awards

Russell C. Hill Award
The Russell C. Hill Award was established in 1999 to honor Hill’s outstanding achievement in the character education field. Russell Chilton Hill was a prominent San Antonio, Texas businessman who spent much of his time and fortune in promoting Character Education based on his “Freedoms Code” which earned him the Freedom Foundation’s Honor Medal. Hill made a pledge to fight for public support in the development of character in the youth of our nation. Learning for Life establishes this award to honor Hill’s outstanding achievement in the character education field. >> Nomination form

National Exploring Excellence Award

The Simon Kenton Council’s Exploring Division recognizes Explorer posts that qualify for this annual award. Posts must achieve eight of eleven objectives . >> National Exploring Excellence Award