Badges & Awards

Our activity badges allow Scouts to demonstrate their progress in various pursuits, and help them to form new interests. They are usually awarded when a young person has completed a challenging yet achievable set of requirements.

We also have a number of Challenge Awards, which focus on more ambitious tasks and are themed around the zones of our balanced programme.

And the top awards?
Each section has at least one Chief Scout’s Award; ranked bronze for Beavers, silver for Cubs, gold for Scouts, platinum and diamond for Explorers.

Many older Scouts also complete the various parts of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, or go on an expedition to gain their Explorer Belt. The Highest achievable award is The Queen Scout award, this can be completed between the ages of 16 and 25. Every year those who’ve recently achieved this award get the opportunity to attend a royal parade at Windsor Castle.

Honouring our volunteers
Our young people wouldn’t be able to achieve any of this without the dedicated adult volunteers who regularly give huge amounts of time and effort. Ever since the first training camp for adults in 1919, qualified Scout leaders have been awarded their Wood Badge, which marks completion of the Associations award-winning leadership training programme. There are also a number of special awards for long or outstanding service, available to young people and adults alike.

Nature and the outdoors are languages that can be learned. Once you identify a beech tree, tie a clove hitch or cook a simple meal over a fire that you’ve built yourself, you’ll never forget it.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls