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Personal Challenge Award

How to earn your award

Complete two personal challenges that you agree with your leader.

You should choose one of the challenges and your leader will choose the other.

The challenges must be different from the ones you did for your Beaver and Cub Personal Challenge Awards.



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 overcome with some effort and commitment. They can be to do with any part of your life, for example home, school or Scouts.

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 Scouts should discuss possible personal challenges with their Leader or a Young Leader. It may also be helpful to discuss them with the Scout’s parents.

The emphasis is on the young person having some ownership of this. One of the challenges should be primarily the Scout’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 Scout’s challenge could be to look after a new Scout for half a term or to talk about a subject in front of the rest of their Patrol; or a forgetful Scout’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.

Example challenge are given in the notes section, but any suitable challenge can be used. Scouts 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 Explorers.

2nd Southampton Scout Troop have put together a great programme to help deliver this Challenge Award which can be found here.


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