Scouts Badges & Awards

Scouts Badges and Awards

While the emphasis is on a Balanced Programme of activities, there are still badges and awards for Scouts to aim for. Badges and awards are given in recognition of the effort made by each young person at their own level.

The Membership Award
This award helps the young person understand the commitment they are making when they make the Promise and become a Member of the Movement, if they have not been a Cub Scout. It covers the history, traditions and practices of Scouting.

Participation Awards
The Participation Awards recognise a commitment to Scouting. They celebrate Scouts participating in a Balanced Programme over a period of time. They are awarded on the anniversary of the young person joining Scouting.

Challenges
The Challenges complement the Balanced Programme. These have been developed to extend

Scouts’ skills and experience in a particular area. There are nine Challenges in the Scout Section:

Outdoor Challenge

Outdoor Plus Challenge

Expedition Challenge

Adventure Challenge

Community Challenge

Creative Challenge

Global Challenge

Fitness Challenge

Promise Challenge

Activity Badge
Activity Badges are optional, but they provide an opportunity to reward a young person who has taken part in an activity over a period of time. They should raise interest and extend a young person’s skills throughout their time in Scouting. There are 69 Scout Activity Badges, ranging from Astronomer to Circus Skills and Canoeist.

Staged Activity Badges
In addition to the Scout Activity Badges, there are six Staged Activity Badges staged across the all Sections. These give a young person the opportunity to develop an area of interest throughout their time in Scouting from 6 –18. These are:

Emergency Aid

Hikes Away

Information Technology

Musician Nights Away Swimmer

Partnership Awards

Partnership Awards are designed to encourage the Sections to work together, and for Scouts to work with other young people in their community. There are three Partnership Awards:

The International Friendship Award

The Environment Award

The Faith Award

Chief Scout’s Gold Award

This badge is the highest award available in the Scout Section. It is gained by completing:

The Promise Challenge The Community Challenge The Fitness Challenge

The Creative Challenge

The Global Challenge

The Outdoor Challenge

and two of the following:

The Outdoor Plus Challenge The Adventure Challenge The Expedition Challenge

The Chief Scout’s Gold Award can be worn on the Explorer Scout Uniform once the Scout moves onto Explorer Scouts.

The Moving-On Award

This Award helps ease the transfer of a Scout to the Explorer Scout Unit. It also allows the Scout to be invested into the Unit immediately, recognising that they are already Members of the Scout Movement.

Scouting Outdoors
Scouting has a reputation as an outdoor organisation based on strong traditions of camping and other  outdoor  pursuits.  This  is  reflected  in  the  Balanced  Programme,  with  about  half  the programme taken up by the Outdoor and Adventure Programme Zone. Scouting offers a range of activities for Scouts away from their home throughout the year, lots of camps and when possible a longer  camp  in  the  summer.  These  are  an  important  part  of  Troop  life  and  everybody  is encouraged to go.

Scouts… Taking the Lead!
Scouts have the opportunity to make more and more decisions for themselves about they want to do and want to get out of Scouting. The opportunities will be there for them to take part in a wide range of activities and to gain a variety of skills and knowledge. They will get to learn more about themselves by not only taking responsibility for themselves, but for others as well.

Scouts on-line
Scouts have their own pages on The Scout Association’s website where they can find out lots of

useful information, enter competitions and even read reviews of the latest films! Find out more at

www.scouts.org.uk/scouts