How to earn your award
You need to complete two personal challenges that you agree with your leader. You should choose one of the challenges. Your leader will choose the other.
The challenges must be different to the ones that you did for your Beaver Personal Challenge Award.
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
The challenges should be things that you find difficult but can complete with some effort and commitment. They can be to do with any part of your life, for example home, school or Cubs.
Here are some example challenges to help you think about what you could do. You don’t have to pick a challenge from this list, you should choose to do something which is personal to you.
- Look after a new Cub for half a term
- Talk about a topic you are interested in with an adult you don’t know very well
- Bring the right equipment to Cubs every week for a term
- Remember to brush your teeth twice a day for two weeks
- Show good behaviour at Cubs for three weeks in a row
- Try something new that you are a bit nervous about
- Go to a District fun day and talk to some other Cubs you don’t know
- Try all of the food on Cub camp
- Remember to feed your pet every morning for a week
- Help to look after a sick or disabled friend or relative
To complete this award Cubs should discuss possible personal challenges with their Leader or a Young Leader. It may also be helpful to discuss them with the Cub’s parents.
The emphasis is on the young person having some ownership of this. One of the challenges should be primarily the Cub’s choice, and one the Leader’s Choice.
Challenges should be individual, part of ‘growing up’ and require some kind of personal commitment. For example a shy Cub’s challenge could be to look after a new Cub for half a term or to talk about a subject with a leader that they don’t know; or a forgetful Cub’s challenge could be to remember to bring the right equipment for activities every week for a term or to brush their teeth at least twice a day.
Cubs should agree their two challenges before they start working on them, and it is recommended that the Personal Challenge Award should be completed towards the end of their time in the section before moving onto Scouts.