How to earn your award
- Meet someone who serves the community. It could be a police officer, lifeboat crew, a coastguard, fire fighter, youth worker or nurse.
- Work with people or an organisation from a community. Take the chance to find an issue that your Colony could help with. It should be something that helps people and also helps you grow as a person. Plan and carry out the project with your Colony and others in the community. Then share what you learned from the activity with other people. Talk about how it helped other people and what you will do with the skills and experiences you have gained.
- Take part in three activities that reflect England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, or your part of the UK. They could be:
- dance and music
- sports and activities.
- Find out about and take part in an act of worship, reflection or celebration.
- Do your best and show you have kept your Beaver Promise. Share or talk about what you have done with your Colony or a Leader.
- Do at least three of these things:
- junk modelling
- pond dipping
- mini-beast hunting
- growing something from seeds
- leaf printing
- something similar agreed with your leader
- Take part in activities from another country. You could learn the Promise in another language or make a dish from another country or culture.
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:
- Animal Friend
- Disability Awareness
- World Issues
As well as the guidance below, Programmes Online contains lots of activity ideas that you could use to deliver this badge.
Meet someone who serves the community
This clause provides an opportunity either to go on a visit, or invite someone to visit your Colony. Most local community organisations, such as the police, fire brigade, ambulance service or lifeboat station welcome visits from Scouts. Don’t forget to make sure you have the right number of adults for your outdoor trip.
Take part in two activities to help people in your community
To meet this requirement Beavers should take part in activities which are based in their local community, for example helping the elderly, painting a wall, clearing a flowerbed or raising money for a local charity. Ideally they should be able to visit people or places that will benefit from what they are doing. This requirement can’t be met by raising money for a national charity, unless that charity has a branch or similar local to you.
Take part in three activities that reflect England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, or your Region of the UK.
Each part of the UK has a variety of local traditional activities. They may be linked to festivals, or could be part of a party or celebration. Some examples include sheepdog trials, welly wanging, egg decorating, cheese rolling, tossing the caber, coconut shy, guy fawkes, morris dancing, maypole dancing, well dressing, bellringing and apple bobbing.
Find out about and take part in an act of worship, reflection or celebration
This could be by doing something with your Colony like attending a Scouts Own or a remembrance day service, or reading a prayer or reflection at the end of the Colony meeting.
Remember to make this activity inclusive for young people of different faiths within the Colony, for example by using reflections or readings from children’s books rather than prayers or specific faith materials.
Do your best, and show that you have kept your Beaver promise. Explain what you have done to your Colony or a Leader
This requirement encourages Beavers to show that they have behaved in a way that meets the Beaver Promise. This is not a requirement that can be done during one Colony meeting, but should be demonstrated over a period of time appropriate to the individual.
For some Beavers, this could be an opportunity to show that they can improve a specific aspect of their behaviour, for example being kind to other people.
This requirement should be discussed with the Beaver, it should not be ticked off without them knowing they have completed it. You could do this through activities or discussions with the Colony about what the promise means and how they keep it, on a one to one basis, or you could ask Beavers to talk to a Young Leader about this element.
Do at least three of these things…
Other similar activities can be anything related to the environment. They should be practical, fun, and help Beavers to explore the world around them. Some activities could be started on a colony night and completed at home – for example planting seeds then looking after them at home.
Take part in activities about another country
There is a whole variety of activities that can be linked to life in other countries. The expectation of this requirement is that Beavers take part in around 4 different activities covering different topics, for example: national costume, language, food, currency, climate, musical instruments etc.