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My Outdoors Challenge Award

Our partner The Gruffalo has produced activity sheets to support the Beaver My Outdoor Challenge Award.

How to earn your award

  1. Go on a sleepover or a camp with other Beavers, and do at least two of these:
    • help put up a tent
    • collect wood and help to build a fire
    • cook something on a fire
    • sing songs around a fire
    • wash up after dinner
    • set up your bed and sleeping bag
    • play a wide game
  2. Learn how to tie three simple knots.
  3. Show that you:
    • know what to do if someone has an accident
    • know why it is important to tell an adult when an accident happens
    • can do simple first aid for someone who has a cut or bruise
  4. Take part in an activity using natural things like leaves, bark, twigs, sand or rocks.
  5. Point out and name five different types of animal, insect, bird or fish that you might find near where you live. Find out about the food they eat and the places they might live.
  6. Make something to help animals in the wild. It could be a bird box or a bug hotel.

Flexibility

Each young person who participates in the Programme, including badges and awards, should face a similar degree of challenge, and requirements can be adapted according to each young person’s abilities.  For more information and practical tips see our guidance on flexibility

Guidance for Leaders:

Beavers who have particularly enjoyed this Challenge Award may like to try these Activity Badges:
As well as the guidance below, Programmes Online contains lots of activity ideas that you could use to deliver this badge.

Go on a sleepover of camp with other Beavers
A sleepover or camp provides lots of opportunities for doing activities that you wouldn’t be able to do on a normal meeting night. Beavers could go away with their own Colony, with another Colony, or as part of a Group, District or County event.

Training on running residential experiences is available as part of the Adult Training Scheme, and you can ask your Assistant District Commissioner (Beavers) or Assistant County Commissioner (Beavers) for help and advice. You must have a Nights Away Permit to run a residential experience.

Remember that the flexibility statement applies to all badges. There may be some Beavers who are unable to stay away overnight due to a special need or other circumstances, and you will need to think about how they can be involved in a challenge which is appropriate to them in order to complete this badge – for example joining the event during the day but sleeping at home.

When cooking, baking or decorating watch out for allergies. Make sure that all areas and equipment that are used are clean.

Learn how to tie three simple knots
This is a chance for Beavers to use their imagination, do something practical, and use some simple knots. They could learn how to tie them using their scarves, sweets, pipe cleaners or string. Suggested knots include an overhand knot, reef knot and shoelace knot.

Accident and emergency
These requirements are the first steps in learning first aid. You may want to ask a first aid specialist in to run a Colony evening on this theme, or you could incorporate these requirements into other activities (for example a visit to the police or fire station, or when taking part in an outdoor activity).

The Red cross has a brilliant range of information to help you to teach young people what do in an emergency.

These requirements are also part of the Emergency Aid Stage 1 activity badge. Beavers who have enjoyed completing these requirements may want to go on to complete that badge.

Take part in an activity using natural things; identify five different types of animal, bird or fish; make something to help animals in the wild
There are a number of activities that can be used to complete these requirements, for example making bird feeders, bird boxes, insect shelters, bee hotels, bark rubbings or nature pictures. The Woodland Trust also have some useful material here, and the RSPCA have relevant activities here

 

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