Earning badges and awards

Cubs love earning badges and there is a huge range available to them.

Activity badges

These are the “single subject” badges that are worn on the left arm and some of the names may well bring back memories from your own time as a cubs or scout.  There are 33 different activity badges that the cub scouts can work towards so there is bound to be one that fits your child’s particular interest.  During meeting nights we work towards one of these badges as a pack, but cubs may also do these as individuals.

Challenge Badges

There are 7 Challenge badges available to Cub Scouts – Outdoor, Fitness, Global, Creative, Community, Promise and Outdoor Plus. These badges take a bit longer to earn and most of the work for them will be done as part of Pack meetings but there will be times when involvement at home is necessary. If your child has something to carry out at home then please encourage them and help them to do it – but don’t do it for them! The emphasis is very much on each Cub taking part to the best of their ability – there are no “absolute standards” that have to be reached.

It is worth pointing out, however, that a Cub will not be able to gain the Outdoor Challenge badge unless they have spent 2 nights camping with the Cub Pack.

Staged Activity Badges

Each stage of these badges is available to all sections, with the highest stage currently achieved being worn on the uniform. There are 6 staged activity badges – Swimmer, Musician, IT, Hikes Away, Emergency Aid and Nights Away.

Chief Scout’s Silver Award

This is the highest badge that a Cub Scout can earn. It is awarded on completion of the first 6 Challenge Badges (excluding Outdoor Plus).