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My Adventure Challenge Award

Our partner BEAR Nibbles provide resources to support the My Adventure Challenge Award.

How to earn your award

  1. Try two adventurous activities. You could try:
    • archery
    • bouldering
    • zipwire or aerial runway
    • climbing
    • crate stacking
    • grass sledging
    • swimming
    • pedal go-karts.
  2. Take part in six other outside activities.You could try:
    • following a trail
    • building a den
    • having a go on an obstacle course
    • roasting marshmallows on a fire or BBQ
    • building a sculpture using sand, snow or mud
    • playing water games
    • flying a kite you have made
  3. Go on a ramble or nature walk with a purpose.
  4. Learn the Green Cross Code and show that you can cross a road safely.


Your leader will need to make sure that you know and follow the safety rules for your activity. These can be found at scouts.org.uk/a-z

Top tips

If Beavers like this challenge, why not try one of these activity badges:


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:

In the My Adventure Challenge Award, Beavers try new adventurous and outdoor activities, challenging themselves to step out of their comfort zones and develop their confidence.

There are plenty of activities that can be run in a Colony meeting. County or District Fun Days or competitions, and sleepovers, camps or residential experiences provide a good opportunity to work towards this Award, with the Colony being together for a longer period of time.

Our partner BEAR Nibbles provide activity sheets and other resources to support this Award. For more information click here.

Guidance on each of the requirements can be found below.


Try two adventurous activities

When planning your Programme, make sure that the adventurous activities which you offer are appropriate to the abilities and interests of the Beavers in your Colony.

Get your section involved in choosing which activities they want to do, for example by asking for suggestions or taking a vote. Why not see if your Beavers would like to try bouldering or soft archery?

Why not head to the A-Z of activities for more activity inspiration and guidance on how to run the activities? Make sure that you know and follow the rules and safety guidance for that activity. There are rules which apply to activities led by a member of Scouting, and for activities run by external companies or people. Information and guidance on a range of adventurous activities is available at scouts.org.uk/a-z.

Adventurous activities don’t have to be expensive to be exciting. It’s often cheaper to run as a Scout-led activity, and there are plenty of activities that can be run in Scouting without a permit. Take a look at these blogs about activities you can do without a permit and water activities you can do without a permit.

For activities that do require a permit, you can use Compass to search for a permit holder, or ask your Assistant County/Area Commissioner for Activities, or County/Area MAPS (Manager of the Activity Permit Scheme), or District Commissioner, who signs off permits.  More information about the Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme can be found here.

Make the most of expertise and resources within your Group, and more widely, within your District and County or Area. For example:

You may be able to access adventurous activities locally through external providers. Availability of activities will depend on your local area, and other leaders within the District or your Assistant Commissioner for Activities, will have suggestions on good activity providers local to you – for example Scout Adventure Centres, individual instructors, or commercial suppliers. National Governing Bodies (eg. British Canoeing, Royal Yacht Association, British Fencing) and local activity clubs may also be willing to run free taster sessions.

When searching for a provider, make sure that the venue and activity is accessible for all young people in your section.  For guidance on making reasonable adjustments for young people with additional needs or disabilities, go to scouts.org.uk/diversity.

If you need support, contact get in touch with you Assistant County/Area Commissioner for Activities, or another volunteer who can support. There may also be a Scout Active Support Unit at District or County/Area level who can provide targeted support.


Take part in six other outside activities

The examples listed are ideas for outdoor activities which could be done as part of this badge. Any activity which is based on being outside would count for this element.

Programmes Online contains lots of activity ideas that you could use, and our partner BEAR Nibbles provide lots of guidance and activity sheets for outside activities, which can be found here.

Go on a ramble or nature walk with a purpose

Have a fun purpose for this walk eg. a treasure hunt, nature walk or picnic. Beavers could go out with adults and lay trails for each other using agreed symbols. Older sections could also set out trails for the Beavers to follow. The Woodland Trust and the Forestry Commission also offer ideas for nature walks.

Beavers could work towards their Hikes Away Staged Activity Badge at the same time. Find out about support available from our partner GO Outdoors here.

Know the ‘Green Cross Code’ and show that you can cross a road safely

You could link this into the preparation for requirement three, and check that Beavers know the Green Cross Code whilst on your walk. Information on the Green Cross Code is available from the Department for Transport here.

 

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