Scouts wear badges on their uniform to identify which group they’re part of and to show what activities and challenges they’ve completed. We describe some of these briefly below. A diagram of where each of them should be placed on the uniform can be found here.
There are a number of core badges, which Scouts will bring with them from Cubs, or are given during investiture if new to the group. These describe the Troop that you are now part of and include the group name tape, county and district badges, the membership award and the group badge which we wear on the back of the scarf.
A wide range of activity badges are available, encouraging Scouts not only to excel in their existing skills and hobbies, but also to try out many new activities and to discover new interests. Examples include:
- Astronomer activity badge;
- Caver activity badge;
- Climber activity badge;
- Entertainer activity badge;
- Martial Arts activity badge;
- Mechanic activity badge.
Gaining a challenge award involves accomplishing a number of more ambitious tasks within the Troop or community. Challenge awards range across different themes, from those based on outdoors and physical activities to challenges relating to the local community or issues connected with the Scouting world. The highest award achievable as a Scout is the Chief Scout’s Gold Award.