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Adapting badge and award requirements

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.

The guiding principle throughout the Programme should be that young people are being challenged, while having fun.  The requirements for badges provide a wide range of choice for young people, and most will be able to access the badges of their choice.

You may need to adjust the challenge to ensure that young people of different abilities all experience a similar level of challenge.

Adaptations made for young people with additional needs, medical conditions or disabilities should be aimed at improving access to the badge rather than reducing the challenge of its requirements or changing the focus. This may involve adapting some or all of the requirements and/or providing appropriate additional support.

In some instances, it may be appropriate to support the young people in your section to understand the adjustments, explaining that being fair doesn’t always mean everyone doing exactly the same thing.  In this situation, fair is about everyone being able to access the activity and experience a similar level of challenge. The nature of your conversation should take into consideration the age of the young people involved, the specific circumstances and the adaptations being made.

It is entirely up to the Leader how to adapt some or all of the badge or award requirements, in consultation with the young person and their parents or carers.

The things to consider are:
For more information and tips about adapting Scouting for young people with additional needs, see our pages on Accessible Scouting.

For further support please contact info.centre@scouts.org.uk.


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