During the course of weekly meetings the children will work towards completing a variety of badges and they will be awarded badges for work completed on camp or during troop activities off site such as paddle sports.
Members will also be invited to attend district events, outside of normal meeting hours, where they can work toward badges such as Master at Arms. Parents can sign their children up for a course and they will be expected to make arrangements for their children to attend the full course. On completion parents should notify their leader so the badge can be awarded.
There are also badges which can be completed outside of meetings i.e. Hobbies Activity Badge. Details of how to complete and sign-off badges can be found on the scout website or in the Badge book given to every member on joining.
Many of the badges available are activity badges,
which allow the children to show their progress in
existing pursuits, but also to try all kinds of new
things and form new interests.
Gaining a challenge badge involves accomplishing a number of more ambitious tasks within the colony, pack, 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.
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.
Where do the badges go?
If your child has been awarded a badge it should be sewn on the uniform as soon as possible - scouts will lose patrol points for not wearing full uniform and displaying badges!
OSM (Online Scout Manager) will show you which badges your child has been awarded and where they should be sewn.