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DIY Activity Badge

These badge requirements were updated on 26 January 2018. The previous badge requirements can still be used until 31 January 2019, to allow for transition where necessary.

How to earn your badge

  1. Show how to use and take care of tools safely. Do this for a selection of them, like a hammer, saw, screwdriver, drill or glue gun.
  2. Talk to your leader about how to work safely on your projects, especially when you’re using electric tools.
  3. Learn what the difference is between hard wood, soft wood, chipboard, plywood and MDF. For each of them, find out what they’re best used for.
  4. Help design and make something useful.  An adult needs to supervise you. Show that you’re able to:


Top tips

Your projects for number 4 might include:


Previous badge requirements

These requirements will be discontinued on 31 January 2019.

How to earn your badge

  1. Show how to use and take care of tools safely. Do this for a selection
    of them, like a hammer, saw, screwdriver, drill or glue gun.
  2. Talk to your leader about how to work safely on your projects, especially when you’re using electric tools.
  3. Learn what the difference  is between hard wood, soft wood, chipboard, plywood and MDF. For each of them, find out what they’re best used for.
  4. Help design and make two items while an adult supervises you. Use them to show that you’re able to:
    • measure accurately
    • saw
    • join pieces of wood together in two different ways
    • use a hammer, screwdriver and drill
    • prepare surfaces and stain, varnish or paint.

Top tips

Your projects for number 4 might include:


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

 

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