Badges to do at home
At 1st Howden Scout (St. Peters) we do lots of badge work, but some badges you can get at home. If you want to do a badge at home you need to bring in something to show your leaders that you have done it, this might be;
To get your animal carer badge, you will need to either (do one or the other of);
- Take care of a pet for at least three months. Give it the correct foods, and learn to recognise common illnesses and how to treat them.
- Help to care for a farm animal for at least three months. Know the correct foods to give it and be able to recognise common illnesses. Learn what special care you need to give before and after the birth of farm animals.
And then do two of the following;
- Keep a record of bird, animal or insect life in your garden, local area or park. Keep pictures, sketches, photographs or audio recordings. Do this for at least three months.
- Visit a zoo, wildlife park, animal sanctuary or rescue centre. Find
out about some of the animals you see. What are their feeding habits and natural habitats?
- Belong to an animal, bird or wildlife society. Either take part in one of its activities or make progress in any award scheme it offers.
- Find out about dangers that threaten wildlife in their natural habitat. Make a poster, collage or drawing or tell other Cub Scouts what you found out.
To get your artist badge you will need to complete three of the following, we normally say you have to do one of them at Cubs on a Wednesday night;
- Imagine an event, character or scene. Now draw it using a pencil, brush, pen or crayon.
- Design and make a greetings card.
- Make a poster advertising Scouting or a Cub Scout event.
- Design and make a decorated book cover.
- Draw or paint a picture of still life or a landscape.
- Make a display of photographs on a subject that interests you.
- Make a video on a subject that interests you.
- Design and build a model.
- Visit an art gallery.
- Make a model out of clay.
To get your book reader badge you will need to;
- Make a list of at least six books you have read or used recently. Books you have read on an e-reader count too.
- Name the authors of your books. Tell your leader or other Cubs something about three of your books. At least one book should be fiction and one should be non-fiction.
- Go on a Cubs visit to the library
To get your collector badge you will need to;
- Over three months, build up a collection of similar items. It could be anything, like stamps, coins, postcards or fossils.
- Display your collection in an exciting and interesting way.
- Bring your collection into Cubs – Talk to the leaders BEFORE doing this
You can earn your cyclist badge in one of two ways;
- If you have your Bikeability level 2 then you you automatically get your cyclist badge.
- If you haven’t got your bikeability, you can come on a Cubs bike ride to get your cyclist badge.
To get your DIY badge you will need to help design and make two items while an adult supervises you. Use them to show that you’re able to:
- measure accurately
- join pieces of wood together in two different ways
- use a hammer, screwdriver and drill
- prepare surfaces and stain, varnish or paint.
If you take part in a performance such as;
- Theatre Production (School, drama club or other)
- Concert (Young Voices, Instrumental)
- Magic Show
- Make and put a video on YouTube (with parents permission)
you may be able to get your entertainers badge. If you are putting on a performance why not invite Akela, Baloo and George?
To get your equestrian badge, ask you riding teacher, or parent to sign off the following;
- Show that you know how to dress safely for riding. Explain why it’s
important to wear a hard hat and the proper footwear.
- Point out the main body parts of a pony or horse.
- Point out the main parts of a saddle and bridle.
- Learn how to approach a pony or horse correctly.
- Learn how to mount and dismount a horse safely.
- Show the correct way to sit in the saddle.
- Show how to hold the reins correctly.
- Show how to walk and trot safely in an enclosed area, without a leading rein.
- Show you can do two of these skills:
- walking without stirrups
- walking on a loose rein and shortening the reins
- riding up and down a hill at walking pace
- riding over a single pole or very small fence.
To earn your hobbies badge;
- Learn the safety rules for your hobby, if there are any.
- Show that you’re interested in your hobby and that you’re taking part regularly for at least three months.
- Show your leader, or other Cubs, how you pursue your hobby. Show what equipment, materials and background information you have used.
- Talk to your leader about how you plan to develop your hobby, interest or skill in the future.
To earn your home help badge;
- Plan, cook and serve a simple one-course meal.
- Wash up afterwards. Show how to clean a saucepan or other cooking utensils, cutlery and glasses. You could use a dishwasher for this step, including loading and unloading it.
- Help sort out the washing. Load and unload the washing machine.
- Iron at least two items. They could be things like pillowcases, t-shirts or trousers.
- Sew on a button.
- Help to clean and tidy a living room.
- Clean at least two items in your home. They could be things like a basin or kitchen cupboard, silverware or brass.
- Take sheets, pillow covers and the duvet cover off a bed and help to put clean ones on. Make your own bed for a week.
Martial Arts Badge
To earn your martial arts badge;
- Regularly take part in a martial arts activity for at least three
months. Show how you’ve improved over that time. Your martial arts activity should be recognised by your nation’s sports council.
- Discuss with a leader the skills needed and the rules to be observed.
- Take part in one exhibition or competition.
To earn your photographer badge you need to;
Show that you know how to use and look after your digital camera. Show how to turn it on and off, use the zoom function, charge or replace the batteries, insert a memory card and transfer pictures from the camera to a computer or tablet.
- Take at least five photographs of local landmarks that could be used to make a tourist leaflet.
- Take photos while you’re on a visit, Pack outing or camp. Present 10 of your best pictures to someone else after the event. You could present them in a scrapbook, on a screen, in a photo book or some other way.
- Choose one of these activities to do:
- Take two pictures of the same thing – one in colour and one in black and white. Compare how the effects change the way the final picture looks.
- Using a digital camera, make a short film on a subject of your choice.
- Using a series of photographs, make a short animation sequence.
- Take a photo of people, animals, an urban scene or a landscape. Think about the light, the positioning and setting of your photo. Explain why you composed your photo in the way that you did.
To earn the skater badge, complete the following;
- use a skateboard – or in-line, quad or ice skates – for at least three months.
- Learn some safety rules about skating on the road and in other public places. Show what clothing and protective equipment you need to wear for your activity. You might include helmets, knee pads or elbow pads.
- Show how to start, stop and turn safely.
- Show how to fall safely and regain balance.
- Show how you do three different manoeuvres. You could demonstrate travelling backwards, spinning, jumping or turning.
To earn your sports enthusiast badge, complete the following;
- Follow your chosen sport for at least three months.
- Find out the rules and laws of the sport. Explain them to an adult.
- Show you have a good knowledge of the teams and personalities in your chosen sport.
- Explain what equipment is needed for the sport.
- List some major events for the sport of your choice.
- Describe events that you have attended for your chosen sport. If you haven’t been to an event, explain to your leader how you keep up- to- date with your sport.
If you have any of the following awards you have already earned your water activities badge;
- British Sub Aqua Club’s Dolphin Snorkeler Qualification
- Professional Association of Diving Instructors’ Discover Scuba (Bubble Maker) or Seal Team Programme
- British Surfing Association’s Junior Scheme Level One Award
- British Water Ski & Wakeboard’s Cutting Edge Participation Certificate
- RYA Windsurfing Youth Stage 1
The personal challenge badge is different for every Cub. We will select 2 challenge for you, one of these challenges will be your idea and the other will be a challenge given to you by Akela. The challenge may be similar to one of these;
- Look after a new Cub for half a term
- Talk about a topic you are interested in with an adult you don’t know very well
- Bring the right equipment to Cubs every week for a term
- Show good behaviour at Cubs for three weeks in a row
- Try something new that you are a bit nervous about
- Go to a District fun day and talk to some other Cubs you don’t know
- Try all of the food on Cub camp
- Remember to feed your pet every morning for a week
- Help to look after a sick or disabled friend or relative
If you play a musical instrument to get your musician staged badge you will need to;
- Stage 1 – Sing or play
- Stage 2 – Grade 1
- Stage 3 – Grade 2
- Stage 4 – Grade 3
- Stage 5 – Grade 5
- Take part in a performance
- Demonstrate your knowledge
- Talk about your interest
You can earn your paddle sports badge with Cubs or if you take part in paddle sports at home you could already have earned it;
- Stage 1 – BCU’s Paddle Power Start
- Stage 2 – BCU’s Paddle Power Passport
- Stage 3 – BCU’s Paddle Power Discover
- Stage 4 – BCU’s Paddle Power Explore Level 7
You can earn your sailing badge with Cubs or if you go sailing at home a lot and have a RYA Youth Sailing Scheme 1 – 4 you can get the equivalent level sailing badge.