How to earn your award
Complete two personal challenges that you agree with your leader.
You should choose one of the challenges and your leader will choose the other.
The challenges must be different from the ones you did for your Beaver and Cub Personal Challenge Awards.
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 overcome with some effort and commitment. They can be to do with any part of your life, for example home, school or Scouts.
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 Scout for half a term
- Talk about a topic you are interested in in front of your Patrol
- Bring the right equipment to Scouts every week for a term
- Remember to brush your teeth twice a day for two weeks
- Show good behaviour at Scouts for 3 weeks in a row
- Try something new that you have put off trying before
- Represent the views of your Patrol to other people
- When on Scout camp deal with insects in your tent calmly
- Take your dog for a walk every day for two weeks, even if it’s raining
- Volunteer to do something before you are asked, and complete the job with a smile
To complete this award Scouts should discuss possible personal challenges with their Leader or a Young Leader. It may also be helpful to discuss them with the Scout’s parents.
The emphasis is on the young person having some ownership of this. One of the challenges should be primarily the Scout’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 Scout’s challenge could be to look after a new Scout for half a term or to talk about a subject in front of the rest of their Patrol; or a forgetful Scout’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.
Example challenge are given in the notes section, but any suitable challenge can be used. Scouts 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 Explorers.