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Earning Badges & Awards

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

Activity badges

Many of the badges available are activity badges (70+), which allow 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 Troop 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 Gold Award

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

Core badges

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

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


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