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SCOUT BADGES

There are lots of badges you can earn while you are a Scout. This page lists all of the badges and tells you how to earn them. If you want more detail on a badge, click on its’ picture and you will be taken to the correct page on the Scout Association website with full details on the badge.

Membership Award

This is the badge you receive when you are invested into the Beaver Colony and make your promise. It shows everybody that you are a member of the Scout Association.

Membership Badge

Joining In Awards

You will receive a Joining In Award each year you are in the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts or Explorers so that everyone knows how long you have been a member of the Scout Group. When you receive a Joining In Award, don’t forget to remove the previous one.

Joining In Badge 1Joining In Badge 2Joining In Badge 3Joining In Badge 4Joining In Badge 5
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Joining In Awards

Moving On Awards

If you came up from the Cub Pack, then you will have received the Cubs to Scouts Moving On award. You can continue to wear this badge throughout your time at Scouts until you gain the next Moving On award.

Moving On Award
Cubs to Scouts
Moving On Award

The next award is presented to a Scout just as they are moving on to the Explorer Unit to show they have learned what Explorers is all about. This will be the first badge you wear on your Explorer uniform.

Moving On Award
Scouts to Explorers
Moving On Award

Challenge Awards

There are nine different Challenge Awards for you to try. You will usually earn most of these by attending every week at Scouts and taking part in the extra activities.You will need to earn all nine of these before you can receive the top award called the Chief Scout’s Gold Award.

Adventure Challenge Award
Adventure
Challenge
Award
Creative Challenge Award
Creative
Challenge
Award
Expedition Challenge Award
Expedition
Challenge
Award
Outdoors Challenge Award
Outdoors
Challenge
Award
Personal Challenge Award
Personal
Challenge
Award
Skills Challenge Award
Skills
Challenge
Award
Team Leader Challenge Award
Team Leader
Challenge
Award
Teamwork Challenge Award
Teamwork
Challenge
Award
World Challenge Award
World
Challenge
Award

Chief Scout’s Gold Award

The Chief Scout’s Gold Award is the highest award available in the Scout Section. It is gained by completing all nine of the Challenge Awards plus another six Activity Badges.

Chief Scout's Gold Award
Chief Scout’s Gold Award

Activity Badges

But that’s not all! There are 73 different Activity Badges that you can complete at any time while you are a Scout. It is up to you to decide which Activity Badges you want to try so if you want to earn these badges, you should speak to your leader about what you have to do.

These cover everything you could possibly be interested in, from Astronomy to Dragon Boat Racing, Skiing to Mechanic and Handgliding to Air Spotting. If you have a hobby, interest or favourite sport there is an Activity Badge that you can work hard for, gain and wear on your uniform with pride.

Activity Badges can be worked on by any Scout. They offer the opportunity for a Scout or group of Scouts to take a particular interest or skill to a higher level. The detailed requirements of all the badges are on the Scout Association website; just click on the badge’s picture to be taken there.

Sometimes, badge courses are organised for the troop for a particular badge. The courses may be run over several evenings or at a special weekend event. And finally, badges just sometimes happen. Scouts gain bits and pieces towards a particular badge by camping and taking part in activities, so it doesn’t seem like work at all! Scouts may work on badges at home but please talk to the Scout Leader before they start.

In order to receive the top award, the Chief Scout’s Gold Award, you must earn at least six Activity Badges.

Many of the Activity Badges are individual badges just for the Scout section.

Activity Centre Service Activity Badge
Activity Centre Service
Air Researcher Activity Badge
Air Researcher
Air Spotter Activity Badge
Air Spotter
Air or Sea Navigation Activity Badge
Air or Sea Navigation
Angler Activity Badge
Angler
Artist Activity Badge
Artist
Astronautics Activity Badge
Astronautics
Astronomer Activity Badge
Astronomer
Athletics Activity Badge
Athletics
Athletics Plus Activity Badge
Athletics Plus
Camper Activity Badge
Camper
Caver Activity Badge
Caver
Chef Activity Badge
Chef
Circus Skills Activity Badge
Circus Skills
Climber Activity Badge
Climber
Communicator Activity Badge
Communicator
Craft Activity Badge
Craft
Cyclist Activity Badge
Cyclist
DIY Activity Badge
DIY
Dragon Boating Activity BadgeDragon Boating Electronics Activity Badge
Electronics
Entertainer Activity Badge
Entertainer
Environmental Conservation Activity Badge
Environmental Conservation
Equestrian Activity Badge
Equestrian
Fire Safety Activity Badge
Fire Safety
Forester Activity Badge
Forester
Fundraising Activity Badge
Fundraising
Geocaching Activity Badge
Geocaching
Global Issues Activity Badge
Global Issues
Hill Walker Activity Badge
Hill Walker
Hobbies Activity Badge
Hobbies
International Activity Badge
International
Librarian Activity Badge
Librarian
Lifesaver Activity Badge
Lifesaver
Local Knowledge Activity Badge
Local Knowledge
Martial Arts Activity Badge
Martial Arts
Master At Arms Activity Badge
Master At Arms
Mechanic Activity Badge
Mechanic
Media Relations and Marketing Activity Badge
Media Relations and Marketing
Meteorologist Activity Badge
Meteorologist
Model Maker Activity Badge
Model Maker
My Faith Activity Badge
My Faith
Naturalist Activity Badge
Naturalist
Orienteer Activity Badge
Orienteer
Parascending Activity Badge
Parascending
Photographer Activity Badge
Photographer
Physical Recreation Activity Badge
Physical Recreation
Pioneer Activity Badge
Pioneer
Power Coxswain Activity Badge
Power Coxswain
Pulling Activity Badge
Pulling
Quartermaster Activity Badge
Quartermaster
Smallholder Activity Badge
Smallholder
Snowsports Activity Badge
Snowsports
Sports Enthusiast Activity Badge
Sports Enthusiast
Street Sports Activity Badge
Street Sports
Survival Skills Activity Badge
Survival Skills
Water Activities Activity Badge
Water Activities
World Faiths Activity Badge
World Faiths
Writer Activity Badge
Writer

And some are staged so that you can earn higher levels as you improve. These badges are the same within Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers.

In addition, if you develop your skills even further after you have gained an Activity Badge then you can also gain an additional award, the Activity Plus, for any Activity Badge.In addition, if you develop your skills even further after you have gained an Activity Badge, or if you learn how to be an instructor in a specific skill area, then you can also gain additional awards for any Activity Badge as follows:​

Air Activities Staged Activity Badge
Air Activities
Community Impact Staged Activity Badge
Community Impact
Digital Citizen Stage Activity Badge
Digital Citizen
Digital Maker Staged Activity Badge
Digital Maker
Emergency Aid Staged Activity Badge
Emergency Aid
Hikes Away Staged Activity Badge
Hikes Away
Musician Staged Activity Badge
Musician
Nautical Skills Staged Activity Badge
Nautical Skills
Navigator Staged Activity Badge
Navigator
Nights Away Staged Activity Badge
Nights Away
Paddle Sports Staged Activity Badge
Paddle Sports
Sailing Staged Activity Badge
Sailing
Swimmer Staged Activity Badge
Swimmer
Time on the Water Staged Activity Badge
Time on the Water
Activity Plus Badge
Activity Plus
Instructor Activity Badge
Instructor



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