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Our Outdoors Challenge Award

How to earn your award

  1. Take an active part in at least three nights away, on camps or Pack holidays.
  2. While you’re away, work with other Cubs to do all of these tasks:
    • help to pitch and strike your tent
    • show that you know how to look after yourself and be safe at camp
    • show that you know how to keep your tent and kit safe, tidy and secure
    • cook a meal with your Six
    • build a shelter big enough for two Cubs
    • using bamboos canes, rubber bands or simple lashings complete a simple pioneering project or make a camp gadget
    • learn and follow the Countryside Code
    • show you know what things you need to do to look after your campsite, and that you can put them into practise
    • show that you know how to treat mild burns, scalds, cuts or grazes and make a call to the emergency services.
  3. While you’re away, do at least two of these tasks as well:
    • take part in a wide game
    • take part in a campfire sing-along or other entertainment
    • cook a backwoods meal
    • build a bivouac and sleep in it
    • care for your personal equipment while at camp
    • using knots that you’ve learned, make a simple camp gadget, like a flagpole.



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:

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

As well as the guidance below, Programmes Online contains lots of activity ideas that you could use to deliver this badge.

To complete this award Cubs need to have spend at least three nights away within Scouting. These nights away could be over any number of occasions, and whilst camping is strongly encouraged the nights away can be done indoors. They should be away from the Pack’s normal weekly meeting place.

A camp or pack holiday provides lots of opportunities for doing activities that you wouldn’t be able to do on a normal meeting night. Cubs could go away with their own Pack, with another Pack, or as part of a Group, District or County event.  Alternatively, they can book for your section to complete this award at some Scout Adventures centres. For information, prices and to book, click here.

Cubs should take an active part in the experience, and need to complete requirements 1-8 (over the three nights away, which can be spread over multiple occasions) in order to gain the badge.

Training on running residential experiences is available as part of the Adult Training Scheme, and you can ask your Assistant District Commissioner (Cubs), Assistant County Commissioner (Cubs) or other people in similar roles for help and advice.

Remember that the flexibility statement applies to all badges. There may be some Cubs who are unable to stay away overnight due to a special need or other circumstance, and you will need to think about how they can be involved in a challenge which is appropriate to them in order to complete this badge – for example by attending during the day but sleeping at home.

Nights Away and activity rules should always be followed.


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