Cubs Badges & Awards

Cubs Badges and Awards

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Even though the emphasis is on a Balanced Programme of activities, there are still badges and awards for Cub Scouts to aim for during their time with the Pack. 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 Beaver Scout. It covers the history, traditions and practices of Scouting.

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

The Challenges complement the Balanced Programme. These have been developed to extend Cub Scouts’ skills and experience in a particular area. The seven Challenges in the Cub Scout Section are:

Outdoor Challenge 

Promise Challenge 

Creative Challenge 

Fitness Challenge 

Global Challenge 

Community Challenge

Outdoor Plus Challenge

Activity Badges
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 33 Cub Scout Activity Badges, ranging from Book Reader to Navigator to Water Activities

Staged Activity Badges
In addition to the Cub Scout Activity Badges, there are six Activity Badges staged across all of the Sections, which gives 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


Nights Away


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 Silver Award

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

Promise Challenge Creative Challenge Community Challenge

Fitness Challenge Global Challenge Outdoor Challenge

The Chief Scout’s Silver Award can be worn on the Scout Uniform once the Cub moves onto


The Moving-On Award

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

Pack Holidays and Camping
Ask any current or former Cub about what they remember most (and enjoyed most!) about being in Cubs and they will probably say Pack holidays or going camping. Camps give the Pack the opportunity to go away together. Camps and Pack holidays are an opportunity for Cubs to take part in activities that they would not otherwise be able to do at regular Pack meetings. The experience of being away with the Pack is a very special experience for Cubs.

Why get involved?
Cubs gives young people a taster of the exciting activities they will do more of in Scouts . They will go camping, try adventurous activities outdoors, make new friends and enjoy themselves whatever they are doing!

Cubs on-line
Cub Scouts have their own exciting pages on The Scout Association’s website where they can play

games, do quizzes and complete puzzles. Find out more at:

Resources for Cubs
Cubs have their own special handbook called the Powerpack – full of useful information about badges and what Cubs do. It’s full of stickers, facts and fun things to do!