How to earn your award
- Choose an aspect of local community life and find out as much as you can about it. You could learn about:
- local government
- local history
- different faiths
- types of farming found locally.
- Work with people or an organisation from a community. Take the chance to find an issue that your Troop 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 Troop 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.
- Plan, take an active part in and evaluate a local community service. Doing the service should take you at least six hours (not including planning and evaluating).
- Take part in an activity that shows you understand your own faith or beliefs.
- Take part in an activity that explores different beliefs and attitudes. You could look at fashion, music, sport or disability.
- Give several examples of how you have kept your Scout Promise and Scout Laws.
- Take an active part in an environmental project.
- Investigate and try to make contact with Scouts in another country.
- Take part in an activity that explores an international issue.
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:
- Environmental Conservation
- Fire Safety
- Local Knowledge
- My Faith
- World Faiths
- World Issues
As well as the guidance below, Programmes Online contains lots of activity ideas that you could use to deliver this badge.
Identify an aspect of local community life and find out what you can about it
When finding out about the local community the project should include some fact finding, a visit to or from the project and some sort of report back. You could be creative in the way that you do this, for example: theme a couple of evenings around a local visit including some follow-up activities; invite someone in to run an evening based around a community theme; get Patrols to make short videos or sketches about what they have learned; or complete a community action project (see below) which links to the community theme learned about for this requirement.
What issues affect you? Find out who you could talk to who can make a difference
Scouts should be encouraged to think about issues which affect them within their local community, and which they may have an opportunity to influence. One way of completing this could be to invite a local councillor or other community figure in. Most towns and counties now have youth councils who express young people’s views to local decision making bodies.
Remember that not every young person will be interested in campaigning to make a difference on an issue. Provided they know who they could talk to if they wanted to, they do not have to raise the issue to meet this requirement.
Plan, take an active part in, and evaluate, a local community service
Make sure that Scouts are engaged in choosing what kind of community service they would like to do, and planning to do it. Activities within the Youth Involvement Toolkit can help you to engage Scouts with this element.
The time may be spent doing a number of different projects or by showing commitment to a single project over a longer period of time. Examples of community service could be running a fund-raising stall or game, delivering leaflets, gardening, helping with activities for younger children. Where possible the community service should link in with the local community life project.
Take part in an activity that demonstrates your understanding of your own faith or beliefs
This could be an event or celebration, or it could be a Troop activity. Scouts may be able to explain an aspect of their faith or beliefs to other Scouts from different faiths, or could participate in an activity together with other Scouts from the same faith community. Scouting is inclusive of young people and adults of all faiths, humanists, atheists and those without an affirmed faith. It is important that all young people feel included and valued in Scouting and that their beliefs are respected. This requirement is about the young person’s own faith or beliefs, rather than learning about other people’s.
Take part in an activity that explores different beliefs and attitudes
When getting a Scout to explore how others may have different attitudes to their own any topic can be used. The topics can be as diverse as local cultures, different types of music, football teams, political parties, fashion etc.
Give several examples of how you have kept your Scout Promise and Scout Laws
When asking Scouts to give examples of how they have kept their Scout Promise and Scout Laws, ask them how they think they have done their best, and how they have kept different elements. This doesn’t need to be an in depth analysis of every element of the Promise and Law – a few different examples are fine. You could use activities that explore the meaning of the Promise to complete this requirement, Scouts could explain their understanding to new members in preparation for investitures, they could keep a diary or photo diary, or could do a speed dating style event where they have three minutes to tell someone else how they have kept their Promise and Laws.
Take an active part in an environmental project
This project should be something that helps the environment, and could be based around the Scout meeting place or activity centre, in the community, or a private area. You could link with a local environmental organisation to complete this.
This environmental project could be linked to your community action project for requirement 3, but does not have to be.
Investigate and try to make contact with Scouts in another Country
Making contact with Scouts in another country can be done a number of ways, for example through Nights Away in the UK or overseas, the internet, pen pals, Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA), Jamboree-on-the-Internet (JOTI), programmes run by WOSM, or linking with groups that are part of British Scouting Overseas or Branches of The Scout Association.
Take part in an activity that explores an international issue
Examples of international issues which could be explored include: trade, health, water and sanitation, environment, conflict, refugees, peace, tourism, homelessness, poverty, animal welfare or conservation. Scouts should be able to show an understanding of the issues involved, how the issues affect the UK and other countries, and be able to take some relevant action.