How to earn your award
- Take part in two different adventurous activities. At least one of them should be new to you. You could try:
- crate stacking
- grass sledging
- mountain boarding
- Take part in six other outdoor activities. At least two of them should be new to you. You could try:
- flying a kite you have made
- making and lighting a fire
- following a blind trail
- making a hot air balloon and flying it
- making a ballista
- playing some water games
- going on an obstacle course
- Go on a hike or follow a trail. Try to walk for about 1-2 hours.
- Prepare for your activities and hikes. Find out what you need to wear and bring, and pack your own bag. You will need to know what you have with you, and remember everything you need.
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:
Cubs who have particularly enjoyed this Challenge Award may like to try these Activity Badges:
- Water Activities
As well as the guidance below, Programmes Online contains lots of activity ideas that you could use to deliver this badge.
Take part in two different adventurous activities
Adventurous activities are exciting, and are a core part of what Scouting offers. They can be done as part of District or County fun days, on a camp or residential opportunity or as part of a Pack meeting. Availability of activities depends on your local area and other leaders within your District will have suggestions of good activity providers local to you – for example Scout Activity Centres, individual instructors, or commercial suppliers.
Adventurous activities don’t have to be expensive to be exciting. Anything which is new to your Cubs will provide an exciting challenge. Information and guidance on a full range of adventurous activities is available here.
Take part in six other outside activities
These are examples of outdoor activities which could be done as part of this badge. Any activity which is based on being outside would count for this element.
Go on a hike or follow a trail
A walk of around one-two hours would be appropriate for this requirement. The word ‘hike’ is used to capture Cubs’ interest and excitement, but remember that what they call a ‘hike’ you may call a ‘walk’ – it doesn’t have to be difficult or particularly long.
You could make this activity fun and varied by getting the Cubs to use one of the following: map, compass, landmarks, taped or written instructions, orienteering, going on a night hike.
Prepare for your activities and hikes
This requirement is designed to encourage Cubs to start taking responsibility for their own belongings, as well as to introduce what kind of clothing and equipment is suitable for outdoor activities. The key to completion of this requirement is that the Cub knows what they have with them, and has remembered to bring anything particular needed, rather than their parent having done it for them.