How to earn your award
- Show a new Beaver how to play a game you know and like.
- Take part in three activities on how to keep your body fit and healthy:
- looking after your teeth
- foods that are good and bad to eat
- You could also do something else which you agree with your leader.
- Do two creative activities. You could:
- act or mime
- play a musical instrument
- make a model from salt dough
- make up a dance
- paint a picture
- make a card
- Learn a new song and sing it.
- Learn and use at least three of these skills:
- learn your own address and phone number
- tie your shoelaces
- decorate some cakes or biscuits
- set an alarm clock to get up at the right time in the morning
- fold or roll your scarf
- make your bed
- keep your bedroom tidy
- light a candle
- Or you could do something similar which you agree with your leader.
You must be supervised by an adult when learning and using some of these skills. Make sure that you follow the safety rules, especially for skills like preparing food or lighting a candle.
Every individual who undertakes an activity badge should face a similar degree of challenge and as a result some requirements may need to be adapted. It is completely acceptable to change some of the requirements of the badges to allow individuals to access the badge (for example where there are special needs, cultural issues, or religious considerations to take into account) and the requirements outlined for activity badges do allow for some flexibility in order to obtain the badge. If you would like help or advice when considering adapting the requirements of a badge please contact UK Headquarters.
Guidance for Leaders
Beavers who have particularly enjoyed this Challenge Award may like to try these Activity Badges:
As well as the guidance below, Programmes Online contains lots of activity ideas that you could use to deliver this badge.
Show a new Beaver how to play a game you know and like
This is an opportunity for Beavers to buddy with new Beavers and show them how games work. The Beaver doesn’t have to take full responsibility for explaining the game – it’s likely that a leader or Young Leader will do this! But they should be helping others to play, or being a team leader or similar. This requirement could be done in groups, and older Beavers could take it in turns to teach different games to new Beavers.
Take part in three activities about keeping your body fit and healthy
Any games or activities about health and fitness can be used to complete this requirement. For example games can involve labelling body parts, identifying foods and trying out different exercises and sports. Your local dentist could be an ideal venue for a trip, or could provide some exciting resources like dye sweets to see if you’ve brushed your teeth well. Useful resources include www.5aday.co.uk, www.eatwell.gov.uk,, www.bbc.co.uk/health
Do two creative activities
Almost any creative activity can be used for this requirement. Some activities are suggested in the badge requirements, and other ideas include making musical instruments to play, using clay, plasticine or salt dough to make a model or festive decoration, or painting a picture.
It is important to give the Beavers as much freedom as possible when they are getting creative – it’s a chance to explore their own ideas, not make something from a kit or follow instructions.
Learn a new song and sing it
You may want to incorporate this activity with an indoor or outdoor campfire. The song should be new to the Beaver, but doesn’t necessarily have to be new to you (or to all Beavers at the same time!). This should be a fun activity, not homework. Try action songs or call and response as they’re enjoyable and easy for Beavers to learn.
Learn and use at least three of these home skills
Any similar home skills can be used to complete this requirement. This could be an opportunity to invite some parents in for an evening to teach skills which the Beavers can then use at home. Try to make the learning of skills fun activities, for example turn learning their address into a creative activity drawing their own house, or a game where they have to quickly recognise their own details. You could turn folding scarves into a relay or a speed competition.
It is important to make sure that Beavers are well supervised by a competent adult when learning and using some of these skills. Make sure that safety precautions are followed and understood by Beavers, for example when preparing food or lighting a candle.
Invent a machine and show other Beavers how it works
The importance of this task is the need to explain how it works – this will show that Beavers have invented a proper tool or machine and not just a junk model. Beavers could draw their invention, make it from junk/recycled materials, or demonstrate it in some other way. They don’t actually have to make it work, just explain what it will do.
With a team, complete at least two problem solving missions set by your leader
Problem solving games and simple challenge-based activities can be used here. As well as Programmes Online look at the Beaver Games Book for ideas and examples.
Go somewhere new, and find out five facts about something new
New places could include museums, parks, activity centres, libraries, nearby villages or towns, local landmarks etc. Beavers may find out facts about something new from their visit, from a visitor to the Colony or through a themed evening of activities. Try not to turn this requirement into homework, or something simply researched on the computer.