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Our Adventure Challenge Award

How to earn your award

1. Take part in two different adventurous activities. At least one of them should be new to you. You could try:

    • crate stacking
    • caving
    • abseiling
    • grass sledging
    • bouldering
    • rafting
    • bell boating
    • fencing
    • zorbing
2. Take part in six other outdoor activities. At least two of them should be new to you. You could try:
    • flying a kite you have made
    • making and lighting a fire
    • following a sensory trail
    • making a hot air balloon and flying it
    • making a ballista
    • playing some water games
    • going on an obstacle course
    • tracking
    • making a mini raft
3. Go on a hike or follow a trail. Try to walk for about 1-2 hours.

4. Prepare for your activities and hikes. Find out what you need to wear and bring, and pack your own bag. You will need to know what you have with you, and remember everything you need.


Cubs who have particularly enjoyed this Challenge Award may like to try these Activity Badges:


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 Our Adventure Challenge Award, Cubs 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 Pack meeting. County or District Fun Days or competitions, and camps or residential experiences provide a good opportunity to work towards this Award, with the Pack being together for a longer period of time.  Alternatively, for a special experience, you can book for your section to complete this award at some Scout Adventures centres. For information, prices and to book, click here.

Guidance on each of the requirements can be found below.

Take part in two different adventurous activities

When planning your Programme, make sure that the adventurous activities which you offer are appropriate to the abilities and interests of the Cubs in your Pack.  Get your section involved in choosing which activities they want to do, for example by asking for suggestions or taking a vote.

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 Adventures 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, and Programmes Online contains lots of activity ideas that you could use.

Go on a hike or follow a trail

A walk of around one-two hours would be appropriate for this requirement. The word ‘hike’ is used to capture Cubs’ interest and excitement, but remember that what they call a ‘hike’ you may call a ‘walk’ – it doesn’t have to be difficult or particularly long.

If doing a longer hike, Cubs could work towards their Hikes Away Staged Activity Badge at the same time. Find out about support available from our partner GO Outdoors here.

Make the most out of the activity by getting Cubs involved with using maps or compasses, orienteering, navigating using landmarks or using taped or written instructions. The Haynes Outdoor Adventure Manual is great for teaching young people about navigation and make sure you also take a look at the resources on the Scout Adventures website for additional advice and support on hiking and navigation with your young people.

There are plenty of great hiking routes available where you can go hiking without a permit; take a look at our Terrain Zero rule for guidance on where you can walk. If you fancy heading somewhere a bit more challenging with your Pack, you’ll need a hillwalking permit which will make sure you have the right skills to take your Pack hiking in the more adventurous environments of Terrain One or Terrain Two.

The A-Z of activities is where you can find lots of guidance for planning and running hillwalking activities and for all you need to know about how to gain an Adventurous Activity Permit, check out our Permit Scheme.

Prepare for your activities and hikes

This requirement is designed to encourage Cubs to start taking responsibility for their own belongings, as well as to introduce what kind of clothing and equipment is suitable for outdoor activities. The key to completion of this requirement is that the Cub knows what they have with them, and has remembered to bring anything particular needed, rather than their parent or carer having done it for them.


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