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Earning Badges & Awards

There is a wide range of badges and awards available to young people in the Cub Scout Section.

Activity badges

Many of the badges available are activity badges, which allow Cub Scouts to show their progress in existing pursuits, but also to try all kinds of new things and form new interests.

Staged Activity Badges

The staged activity badges have been designed to provide a unified approach throughout the sections. There are six activity badges staged across the sections.
This means that a young person can gain whichever badge is appropriate to the level they have reached. It is possible, for example, for a Beaver Scout who is an excellent swimmer to gain a higher level badge than a Scout who has just taken up the activity.
A young person should always wear only the highest of each staged badge type that they have gained on the uniform.

Challenge awards

Gaining a challenge badge involves accomplishing a number of more ambitious tasks within the Pack or community. There are several challenge badges across a number of themes, from the physical and outdoorsy to challenges dealing with the local community or issues connected with the Scouting world.

Chief Scout Silver Award

The Chief Scout’s Silver Award is the highest award a Cub Scout can achieve. In order to attain their Chief Scout Silver Award, a Cub Scout must have completed six Challenge Awards by the time they join Scouts.

Core badges

In addition, there are a number of special badges, obtained upon joining or moving on from the Pack, or for time spent in the Scouting movement.

Cub Scouts should sew their own badges onto their cub sweatshirt as and when your son/daughter is awarded them. Below is a diagram showing where they should go.


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