How to earn your award
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.
Expedition: A journey with a purpose. If undertaking an expedition travel by foot, cycle, canoe, horse or other agreed means is acceptable, travelling for at least four hours on each day. A task or small project should be completed whilst on the journey.
Example expeditions include:
Exploration: A purpose with a journey. If undertaking an exploration travel by foot, cycle, public transport or other agreed means for at least ninety minutes to reach the destination is acceptable. Having reached the destination carry out at least five hours investigation over the two days following up on previously undertaking research.
Example investigations include:
Scouts 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.
The area visited for the expedition or exploration should not be well known to the Scouts.
Both options must include a night away – which could be at a campsite, bunk house, hostel or similar. If camping, Scouts are not required to carry their camping equipment during the expedition or exploration. They should carry suitable equipment for their mode of travel, and for dealing with emergency situations.
Scouts should cater for themselves, including cooking and eating at least one hot meal during the course of their expedition or exploration. For example this could be over a lightweight stove, or in a kitchen in the place they are staying. Consideration must be given to an overnight venue which allows them the ability to do this. A number of teams could stay in the same venue, but should be able to sort out their own food. Leaders should not centrally cater for Scouts as part of this challenge.
Scouts must have appropriate adult supervision bearing in mind their age, experience, the terrain and activity. As a minimum, such supervision should involve a visual check at the beginning and end of the day, and an adult being available in the local area. It would not usually be an appropriate challenge for the Scouts to be accompanied at all times by an adult. Rules and guidance on peer led activities can be found in POR.
You should ensure that you follow the rules guidance for running Nights Away experiences, such as relevant activity permits and nights away permits, InTouch, parental permission and first aid arrangements. Guidance can be found here, and within the publication ‘Nights Away’.