Radon Activity Badge

What is radon?

Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is produced by naturally decaying uranium and radium.

What are the health effects of radon?

Exposure to radon gas increases your risk of developing lung cancer. The EPA estimates that 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States are due to radon exposure, which makes it the second leading cause of lung cancer following smoking.

How can Scouts learn more about radon?

Boy Scouts can earn the Radon Activity Badge. Program requirements are listed below. When the activities have been completed, a parent, guardian, or Scout Leader must sign off on the completed requirements and submit the "Radon Activity Badge Program Evaluation and Order Sheet" .


Kalliie Sinkus

Environmental Programs Manager

American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest Health House



3000 Kelly Lane, Springfield, IL 62711



Illinois Specific Radon Information: Radon Activity Badge Program

The American Lung Association in Illinois (ALAIL) and Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) have partnered to develop a Radon Activity Badge Program for Boy Scouts. In order to receive a badge the following can be done as a troop or as an individual. The information below is all you will need to complete the program and earn a radon activity badge

Brochures available at

the American Lung

Association in Illinois

Contact Information:

Kallie Sinkus

Environmental Programs Manager



Program Requirements

Required for All Projects:

  1. Parent or Troop Leader signature required, stating each of the following items have been viewed/read:

  2. Take online quiz

  1. Choose ONE Activity Badge Project Option or design your own Eagle Scout Project

  • Radon at Home

      • Test your home for radon by following guidelines outlined in the test kit directions

      • Read through "The Citizen's Guide for Radon" with parents and discuss results found at www.epa.gov/radon/pdfs/citizensguide.pdf

      • Discuss your project, general radon information, test results, and where to purchase a test kit with neighbors or family members

  • Shadow a Radon Professional

      • Work with a radon measurement or mitigation professional while they're either performing a radon measurement or installing a mitigation system

      • Write a 1-page paper documenting interview questions and answers throughout shadowing process

  • Poster Contest/Radon Summary (Age 9 - 14 only)

  • Video Contest (Age 14 - 18 only)

  • 3-Panel Display

      • Design a 3-panel display including photos, graphics, and literature about radon

      • Set-up display in a public location, including school, library, church, etc.

  • Research Paper

      • Write a 2-page, double-spaced summary (noting sources) of one of the following topics: Stanley Watras, Radon Measurement, Radon Mitigation, or Illinois Radon Program.

Radon Activity Badge Program Reporting Form

The reporting form will be used by the ALAIL and Boy Scouts to keep record of participation and patch orders. Please return to the ALAIL and Boy Scouts once the project is completed. Download the Reporting Form HERE.