Scout Badges & Awards
Even though the emphasis is on a Programme that is balanced with a variety of activities, there are still badges and awards for Scouts to aim for during their time with the Troop. 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. It covers the history, traditions and practices of Scouting.
Joining In Awards
The Joining In 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.
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:
- Adventure Challenge Award
- Outdoors Challenge Award
- Creative Challenge Award
- Skills Challenge Award
- World Challenge Award
- Personal Challenge Award
- Teamwork Challenge Award
- Team Leader Challenge Award
- Expedition Challenge Award
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 61 Scout Activity Badges.
Staged Activity Badges
In addition to the Scout Activity Badges, there are six Activity Badges staged across all the Sections, which gives a young person the opportunity to develop an area of interest throughout their time in Scouting from 6 – 18.
There are 14 Staged Activity Badges
Chief Scout’s Gold Award
This badge is the highest award available in the Scout Section. The Chief Scout’s Gold Award can be worn on the Explorer Uniform once they move onto Explorer Scouts.
The Moving-On Award
This helps ease the transfer of a Scout to the Explorer Unit. It also allows the Scout to be invested into the Unit immediately, recognising that they are already Members of the Scout Movement.