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Teamwork Challenge Award

How to earn your award
For this award, you need to do these tasks over at least three months.

  1. Take part in at least six different team games with other Cubs.
  2. Show your leaders what you did to help your team, and how you were a good team player.
  3. Give examples of two different types of teams, and roles in those teams.
  4. Complete at least two teambuilding activities with other Cubs
  5. Take part in at least two Pack forums or something similar, and make a contribution that will be positive for your Pack.



 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:

As well as the guidance below, Programmes Online and the Cub Scout Games book contain lots of activity ideas that you could use to deliver this badge.

Young people who have difficulties with communicating or working with others, may need extra support or flexibility to achieve this award. This includes many young people on the autism spectrum. For example, young people may find it more difficult to taking turn, express themselves or understand the concepts involved (eg what it means to be a good friend or team member).

Scouting provides a great opportunity for young people to learn and develop, in ways they may not necessarily do elsewhere. The leader can be a great role model and source of information, in helping young people to develop their skills in working with others.

This Challenge Award is a great way to focus on the individual young person and how Scouting can benefit them, and contribute to their personal development. It can build on and apply any learning the young person is doing at school or home, in a supportive and fun environment.

Below and under each requirement,  are some practical tips to help you support all young people to achieve this award. For a young person who has autism or another additional need affecting their communication or social skills, it may also be useful to speak to the parent/carer about any specific work being done at school or home.  


Take part in at least six different team games with other Cubs
Cubs enjoy playing games, and this is an opportunity for you to play a variety of different games with your Pack. Remember, Scouting should be youth shaped, so involve young people in planning activities in the Programme. 

For young people who find working with others more difficult, this could involve developing participation in games or activities that they are already familiar with or already being used in the Section.  To encourage young people to start working together, an activity could be used that can only be completed by each member of the team joining in, and could not be completed independently.

Remember to think about how you give the instructions or rules for the activity, to ensure the understanding of all young people. For more information related to autism, click here.

The suggested time period for completing this requirement is 12 weeks, but this could be longer if needed. The key is to ensure that the games are spread throughout the programme rather than concentrated over one or two meetings, as this gives Cubs the chance to develop their team working skills.

Show your leaders what you did to help your team, and how you were a good team player
A helpful team member is one who co-operates with the other members of the team, working together and communicating. 

Young people might need support in understanding what it means to be a ‘good team player (Cubs). This could be discussed with the whole Pack.

Teams in Cubs could be their Six, games team, residential room/tent group or activity grouping.

Some young people may need a specific example or role that they can take on. For example, keeping time during an activity or encouraging others by saying ‘well done’ etc.   These could be displayed visually, to be used as prompts, or for young people to choose a role in the team.

Working with others to achieve a goal is quite a new concept at this stage in a child’s development, and to meet this requirement Cubs should be able to provide a number of examples of how they have helped their team over a period of time.


Give examples of two different types of teams, and roles in those teams
There are many different types of teams that Cubs will participate in, for example Sixes, games teams, sports teams, activity groups and residential experience rooms/tent groups.

To fulfil this requirement, Cubs should give examples of two different types of team and roles in those teams. They may be teams the Cub knows about, or has been part of. For example, they could be the goal keeper of a football team, and the tidiness monitor for their tent group.

Some young people may have difficulty expressing themselves verbally or remembering this information. Consider others ways they could communicate this information – for example, using photographs of them participating in teams, young people could explain either in words or writing, what they were doing. 

Complete at least two teambuilding activities with other Cubs
Teambuilding activities are an integral part of the Cub programme and there should be plenty of opportunities in the programme for Cubs to complete this requirement. Good examples can be found in Programmes Online.

Some young people may need a specific example or role that they can take on. For example, keeping time during an activity or encouraging others by saying ‘well done’ etc.   These could be displayed visually, to be used as prompts, or for young people to choose a role in the team.

Take part in at least two Pack or other Forums and make a contribution that will positively affect your Pack
A Pack Forum is an opportunity for Cubs to ‘have their say’. Very often an informal discussion with the Pack, Six or just the Sixers, it could be deciding on a programme activity or where to go on an outing.More information on Pack Forums and how to run them can be found here.

 

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