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Team Leader Challenge Award

How to earn your award

Once you have done the Teamwork Challenge Award, you can do your Team Leader Challenge Award. Then you need to earn your Team Leader Challenge Award by doing these tasks over at least three months.

  1. Lead your Six in an activity or captain a team.
  2. Help a new Cub to join in with the Pack meeting.
  3. Teach another Cub a new skill.
  4. Ask your Six or team what they want to do in Cubs, tell your leaders and help to make sure that it happens



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:

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

This badge could be used in a number of ways, for example:

A Cub does not have to be a Sixer or Seconder to achieve this Award. They may be a leader of any kind of team, which could include a Six but could also include a team or group on a camp, competition, activity or event.

Young people who have difficulties with communicating or working with others, may need extra support or flexibility to achieve this award. This includes many young people on the autism spectrum.  For example, young people may find it more difficult to express themselves, understand others’ feelings or needs, or understand the concepts involved (eg what it means to be a good leader).

Scouting provides a great opportunity for young people to learn and develop, in ways they may not necessarily do elsewhere. The Cub Scout leader can be a great role model and source of information, in helping young people to develop their skills in working with others.

This Challenge Award is a great way to focus on the individual young person and how Scouting can benefit them, and contribute to their personal development. It can build on and apply any learning the young person is doing at school or home, in a supportive and fun environment.

Below and under each requirement , are some practical tips to help you support all young people to achieve this award. For a young person who has autism or another additional need affecting their communication or social skills, it may also be useful to speak to the parent/carer about any specific work being done at school or home.  

Please note that any activity completed can only count towards one requirement of the award.

Lead your Six in an activity or captain a team
A Cub doesn’t have to be a Sixer to meet this requirement- members of the Six could take it in turns to lead their team, for example during a treasure hunt or while completing an activity. They could also lead their tent group in setting up camp, or take charge of their team during a competition.

Remember, Scouting should be youth shaped. Ask the young person what activity/game they would like to lead. You could suggest an activity/game that is specific to their interests/skills, or an activity/game they are very familiar with.

Young people might need specific examples of how they can be a good leader. This could be discussed as a Pack. For example, making sure the Six/team has what they need for the activity/game, checking everyone understands the instructions and providing instruction (which could be through speech, writing or pictures/photos).

Help a new Cub to join in with the Pack meeting
If you have a number of Cubs working on this requirement, then two or three older Cubs could work together to look after a new Cub, or they could each take responsibility for different things, for example joining in with grand howl, making sure they get a drink at snack time, including them in games.

It may be helpful to have specific examples or tasks for a young person to choose from and be responsible for.

Teach another Cub a new skill
To complete this requirement, Cubs should teach a new skill to another member of their pack. This could be a Scouting skill, such as tracking or how to tie a knot, or one of their personal hobbies or interests.

Young people may need ideas of how to teach another young person a skill. Adult volunteer’s will be a good role models for this. This could be through a range of methods, including speaking writing, demonstration, drawing or photos.    

Ask your Six or team what they want to do in Cubs, tell your leaders and help to make sure that it happens
Representing their peers is an important skill for Cubs to learn, not just for Sixers but for all members of the Pack. The activities suggested could all be used to help the Cubs completing the award find out what the rest of the Cubs want to do, whether this is ideas for games and activities to do at weekly meetings, or ideas for their future camp or residential experience.

If the young person has difficulty with speaking/listening, this could involve a questionnaire, or collecting written feedback from the other Cubs.

You should then make sure that there are opportunities for the Cubs to feed the information they gather back to the leadership team, for example at a Pack Leadership Forum meeting. You can find guidance on Cub Scout forums here.


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