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Personal Challenge Award

How to earn your award

You need to complete two personal challenges that you agree with your leader. You should choose one of the challenges. Your leader will choose the other.

The challenges must be different to the ones that you did for your Beaver Personal Challenge Award.



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

The challenges should be things that you find difficult but can complete with some effort and commitment. They can be to do with any part of your life, for example home, school or Cubs.

Here are some example challenges to help you think about what you could do. You don’t have to pick a challenge from this list, you should choose to do something which is personal to you.

To complete this award Cubs should discuss possible personal challenges with their Leader or a Young Leader. It may also be helpful to discuss them with the Cub’s parents.

The emphasis is on the young person having some ownership of this. One of the challenges should be primarily the Cub’s choice, and one the Leader’s Choice.

Challenges should be individual, part of ‘growing up’ and require some kind of personal commitment. For example a shy Cub’s challenge could be to look after a new Cub for half a term or to talk about a subject with a leader that they don’t know; or a forgetful Cub’s challenge could be to remember to bring the right equipment for activities every week for a term or to brush their teeth at least twice a day.

Cubs should agree their two challenges before they start working on them, and it is recommended that the Personal Challenge Award should be completed towards the end of their time in the section before moving onto Scouts.

We have adapted a great programme put together by 2nd Southampton Scout Troop to help deliver this Challenge Award to Cubs. The programme and its resources can be found here.

For more tips and ideas, read a Scouting Magazine article about the Personal Challenge Awards here.


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