How to earn your award
- Over a period of time, take part in at least four creative activities. Some of these should be new to you. You could try:
- wood or metalwork
- website design
- Show that you have developed your skills in one of these activities. Show that you know how to use any equipment safely.
- Use your creative ability to produce something that promotes a Scouting activity or an event.
- Construct a model using materials like a plastic kit or recycled items. Alternatively, make a useful item from wood, metal or plastic.
- Show how to use social media or the internet in a creative and safe way. Explain why it’s important to use them safely.
- Take part in a performance. You could try:
- magic tricks
- gymnastics display
- campfire sketch
- street dance
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:
Scouts who have particularly enjoyed this Challenge Award may like to try these Activity Badges:
- Model Maker
As well as the guidance below, Programmes Online contains lots of activity ideas that you could use to deliver this badge.
Over a period of time, take part in at least four creative activities, some of which are new to you. Show that you have developed your skill and expertise in one of these activities and that you know how to use any equipment safely.
Some possible creative and performance activities are listed in the badge requirements, but creative activities can cover a wide range. Some other creative ideas include literature, modelling, newsletter production, decorative knot tying, knitting, art, Google SketchUp, designing and making paper aeroplanes etc.
Demonstration of these skills could be in the form of a skills share night, where Scouts have time to demonstrate to each other their skills, and teach them a little about their activity.
Use your creative ability to produce something that promotes a Scouting activity or an event to an appropriate audience
Promoting Scouting could involve photography, video, posters, lettering, collage, prose, poetry, sketches, songs, a press release etc. Once created, it should be used!
Construct a model using, for example, a plastic kit or recycled items, or make a useful item from wood, metal or plastic
It is important that Scouts are encouraged to try some new things, and to use their imagination and creativity rather than to copy or replicate something that already exists.
Demonstrate the use of social media or the internet in a creative and safe way, explaining why safe use is important
The creative and safe use of social media and internet is key in today’s society. Guidance on communicating using social media, and on e-safety, can be found within the Digital Citizen staged activity badges.
Take part in a performance of some sort
Performance includes anything that involves doing something in front of other people– encourage Scouts to do something which is a challenge for them as an individual. For some Scouts performing a campfire stunt in front of friends may be a suitable challenge, whilst others may not find that challenging and could be encouraged to take part in a larger performance.