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Our Skills Challenge Award

Jaffa sponsors the Cub Our Skills Challenge Award. Take a look at the partner page for resources.

How to earn your award

  1. Try two new sports or physical activities at least once.You could try:
    • tennis
    • dance
    • basketball
    • tai chi.
  2. Take part in three activities to help you be healthy, like:
    • healthy eating
    • exercise
    • learning how the human body works
    • another activity agreed with your leader.
  3. Pick two creative things to try, and show your leader what you’ve done. You could:
    • write a short story
    • make a model
    • take some photos and use them to tell a story
    • be part of a play or sketch.
  4. Learn and use at least four of these skills:
    • sew on a button or badge
    • make cakes, bread, biscuits or something similar
    • oil a bicycle chain, change a wheel or fit lights
    • make a cup of tea or coffee, then wash up afterwards
    • lay a table for a meal
    • peel potatoes or other vegetables
    • iron your scarf
    • change a lightbulb, in a table or standard lamp
    • clean a window
    • tidy and clean your bedroom
    • another similar home skill agreed with your leader.
  5. Take part in at least two problem solving activities that you haven’t done before. It should be something that you need to think creatively for. As part of the activity you need to say what you found difficult, what you did to solve the problem, and why.


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.

Try two new sports or physical activities at least once
Some possible physical activities are listed in the badge requirements but the list is endless. Any physical activity that is new to the Cub is acceptable – the aim is to encourage them to try something new and find something that they enjoy. Perhaps think about any local sports ‘personalities’ or people who take part in unusual sports who may be happy to come and run a taster session.

Take part in three activities about being healthy
The three activities should be from three different areas, and anything this is about keeping fit and healthy counts. Some examples include cooking and comparing healthy and unhealthy foods, seeing how heart rate and breathing are affected by exercise (including games), inviting visitors to the pack (eg. doctors, dentists, local sportspeople), making collages of organs and parts of the body, creating a human skeleton from cut out pieces, or keeping a sleep diary.

Pick two creative things to try, and show your leader what you’ve done
Some examples of creative activities are given in the badge requirements, and others could include writing a poem, using paint, crayons or collage to create a picture, making a model or creative toy, making a short video or decorating cakes in an artistic way. Cubs should be encouraged to think creatively and follow their own thoughts and ideas – as such an activity which is about following instructions, making something from a kit or copying others without scope for their own creativity would not count.

Learn and use at least four home skills
The skills listed are all skills used in everyday life around the home, and anything of a similar level of difficulty could also be used. Make sure that Cubs are appropriately supervised by an adult when doing these things, and that care is taken when providing food and detergents as some children may have allergies. These skills could be undertaken whilst on a normal meeting night or on camp, or could be completed at home and pictures brought in.

Take part in at least two problem-solving activities that you haven’t done before that require creative thinking
Example activities include building a small bridge across a stream, making a timer out of unusual materials, for example to time boiling an egg, designing and making a model with at least 2 moving parts, making a model raft which can float with a lit candle on it, making and solving a code.

The Cub’s explanation of what they found difficult, what they did to solve the problem, and why, doesn’t need to be a formal discussion. You could do this by talking with Cubs whilst they’re doing the activity, and covering these points informally. The whole group solving the problem could discuss this together.


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