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Personal Challenge Award

How to earn your award

To earn this award, you need to complete two personal challenges that you agree with your Leader. You should choose one of the challenges and your leader will choose the other.


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:

The challenges should be things that you find difficult but can complete with some effort and commitment. They can be to do with any part of your life, for example home, school or Beavers.

Here are some example challenges to help you think about what you could do. You don’t have to pick a challenge from this list, you should choose to do something which is personal to you.

To complete this award Beavers should discuss possible personal challenges with their Leader or an Explorer Scout Young Leader. It may also be helpful to discuss them with the Beaver’s parents or carers.

The emphasis is on the young person having some ownership of this. One of the challenges should be primarily the Beaver’s choice, and one the Leader’s choice.

Challenges should be individual, part of ‘growing up’ and require some kind of personal commitment. For example a shy Beaver’s challenge could be to look after a new Beaver for half a term or to talk about a subject with a leader that they don’t know; or a forgetful Beaver’s challenge could be to remember to bring their scarf every week for a term or to brush their teeth at least twice a day.

Beavers should agree their two challenges before they start working on them, and it is recommended that the Personal Challenge Award should be completed towards the end of their time in the section before moving onto Cubs.

For more tips and ideas, read a Scouting Magazine article about the Personal Challenge Awards here.


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