How to earn your award
This award should be done over a period of at least three months.
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
The resource ‘Taking the Lead’ provides a wide range of activities which support these badge requirements. It is designed to help you develop leadership skills with Scouts in your Troop, and increase their participation in decision-making processes in Scouting. Most importantly, it will help young people become better team players and leaders, both within Scouting and in preparation for their adult roles in society.
Additionally, information on Troop Forums can be found here. Troop forums and Patrol Leaders’ forums are an opportunity for Scouts to participate in planning, reviewing and implementing their programme, and can be formal or informal as appropriate for your Troop.
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.
A good team member is one who co-operates with the other members of the team, working together and communicating. Teams in Scouts could be their Patrol, games team, residential groups or activity grouping. Remember, Scouting should be youth shaped, so involve young people in planning activities in the Programme.
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.
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.
There are many different types of teams that Scouts will participate in, for example Patrols, games teams, sports teams, activity groups and residential experience groups. To fulfil this requirement, Scouts should give examples of two different types of team and roles in those teams. They may be teams the Scout knows about, or has been part of.
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.
Teambuilding activities are an integral part of the Scout programme and there should be plenty of opportunities in the programme for Scouts 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.
A Pack Forum is an opportunity for Scouts to ‘have their say’. Very often an informal discussion with the Troop, Patrol or just the Patrol Leaders, it could be deciding on a programme activity or where to go on an outing.
More information on Troop Forums and how to run them can be found here.