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Our World Challenge Award

ZSL partner the Cub Our World Challenge Award.

How to earn your award

  1. Make a list of the services for people in your local area. Find out a bit about them, and visit one if possible.
  2. Work with people or an organisation from a community. Take the chance to find an issue that your Pack could help with. It should be something that helps people and also helps you grow as a person. Plan and carry out the project with your Pack and others in the community. Then share what you learned from the activity with other people. Talk about how it helped other people and what you will do with the skills and experiences you have gained.
  3. Take part in an act of worship, reflection or celebration.
  4. Find out about a faith or culture other than your own. You could visit places of worship or ceremony.
  5. Talk about a time when you did your best. Explain how you have kept your Cub Promise and the Law.
  6. Take part in an activity about the environment.
  7. Try a game played by Cubs in a different country, and learn their Promise.
  8. Celebrate a festival from another country. You might make (and eat!) some special food, make something relating to the festival or visit somewhere special.


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.

Make a list of the services in your local area. Find out a bit about them, and visit one if possible
Try to find fun ways of creating a ‘list’ – for example using pictures, drama, going on a walk around town, making a map and marking the services, or playing a game. You could arrange a visit, or invite someone in to visit your Pack – many local services will be happy to do this. Services could include doctors, fire, police, shops, ambulance, council offices, churches, recycling centre, skate park etc. These services should be in your own town, village or local area – if you live in a place where everyone has to travel for these kinds of service it would be relevant to link this clause to a day trip to somewhere local.

Take part in an activity to help your community
When completing this requirement Cubs should be involved in choosing what is done. There are a variety of ways of getting ideas from Cubs, and evaluating things with them. For this requirement you could go for a walk around the community and talk about things Cubs think could be better. You may need to provide some ideas, and get them to choose between them.

Some examples are: to picking up litter in your local park, raising money to help a local hospital, or taking part in a local community event.

One topic that Cubs could explore is refugees. The Refugee Response Resource provides information, guidance and activities to help Leaders explore the topic of refugees with their section, developing their understanding and supporting them to plan action. Download the resource here.

Take part in an act of worship, reflection or celebration
This could be by doing something with your Pack like attending a Scouts Own or a remembrance day service, or reading a prayer or reflection at the end of the Pack meeting.

Remember to make this activity inclusive for young people of different faiths within the Pack, for example by using reflections or readings from children’s books rather than prayers or specific faith materials.

Find out about a faith or culture other than your own
A whole variety of activities could be done to meet this clause, and they could be linked to a religious or cultural festival or red letter day. You could include a visit to a place or worship, food, clothes, craft (such as Chinese lanterns) or music.

Give an example of when you have done your best, and how you have kept your Cub Promise and Law
This requirement encourages Cubs to show that they have behaved in a way that meets the Cub Promise and Law. This is not a requirement that can be done during one Pack meeting, but should be demonstrated over a period of time appropriate to the individual. For some Cubs, this could be an opportunity to show that they can improve a specific aspect of their behaviour, for example being kind to other people.

Take part in an activity about the environment
For example you could turn some rubbish into something useful, plant bulbs, build a bug hotel or make bird feeders. Whilst Cubs are doing the activity get them to think about how they are helping the environment, and why this is a good thing to do.

Resources are available from The Climate Coalition, as part of their Show the Love campaign, which focuses on helping to protect the people, places and life we love from climate change.  Access the activity ideas and instructions here.

Try a game played by Cubs in a different country, and learn their Promise
Information about Scouting in other countries, including games and other activities, can be found on POL.

Take part in celebrating a festival from another Country
Why not theme a section night to complete this requirement. Festivals could include national celebrations, religious or cultural festivals. Some examples include Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Chinese New Year, Holi, Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day, Passover Day, Victoria Day, African Liberation Day, Summer Solstice, Bastille Day.


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