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Skills Challenge Award

How to earn your award

  1. Regularly take part in physical activities over a period of four to six
    weeks. Keep a record showing your improvement. Your goal could be to develop in an activity or successfully complete a challenge. Physical activity/challenge suggestions:
    • circuit training
    • football skill training
    • aerobic routine
    • synchronised swimming routine
    • Zumba aerobics
    • tap dancing
    • team sports.
    • charity swim
    • long distance cycle ride
    • incident hike
    • athletic event
    • pool life-saving test
    • dance competition.
  2. Show you understand why eating a sensible diet and getting enough sleep is important.
  3. Do some research so that you can explain the dangers and harmful effects of smoking, alcohol and drugs.
  4. Learn and use at least five of these skills:
    • Mend or customise an item of clothing.
    • Cook and serve a two-course meal, for at least four people.
    • Fix a puncture or a dropped chain on a bike.
    • Wash up after a meal, making sure everything is clean and dry.
    • Use a washing machine to wash a load of clothes.
    • Iron your uniform shirt.
    • Change a lightbulb, in a ceiling light.
    • Set a heating timer and thermostat as needed for the time of year.
    • Clean a toilet, hob or oven.
    • Do another similar home skill.
  5. Take part in at least three activities that require a number of problem solving skills.




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:

Scouts 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.

Over a period of four to six weeks regularly take part in physical activities
Some possible activities and challenges are listed in the badge requirements, and the list can be added to. Any activity where the Scout will develop their fitness level whilst being able to show improvement is acceptable, and activities can be done as a whole Troop or as individuals. A simple chart can be used for record keeping. Scouts should understand the importance of warm up exercises and warm down and record the use of these in their log.

Demonstrate that you understand the importance of a sensible and appropriate diet, and the need for sufficient sleep
Scouts should be encouraged to understand the importance of diet in maintaining a healthy body, including the importance of a balanced diet as well as staying hydrated and the importance of a regular sleep pattern. Useful web links: www.5aday.co.uk, www.eatwell.gov.uk, www.bbc.co.uk/health Why not invite a nutritionist to visit and help run a programme that incorporates diet and sleep.

Complete some research and be able to explain the dangers and harmful effects of smoking, alcohol and drugs
This section is aimed at helping a Scout to understand the effect smoking, alcohol and drugs will have on their body, the dangers connected to each and the law relating to each. Useful web links; www.quitbecauause.org.uk www.truthaboutbooze.com www.talktofrank.com www.thesite.org

Services like the NHS and Police often offer programmes that are aimed at young people around these areas, and could be invited in to run an evening. It is best practice to let parents know that you will be covering these topics.

Learn and use at least five of these skills
Scouts may choose from this list of life skills, or could learn and use another similar home skill agreed with their leader. It is important that they learn the skill, then later put it into practice – this clause should be practical not theoretical! Scouts should be supervised by a competent adult or young leader when demonstrating these skills.

Skills could be covered by running bases in a Troop evening, and safety messages should be included when teaching the skills. Scouts could then put their newly acquired skills into practice at home, or on a residential experience.

Take part in at least three activities requiring a number of problem solving skills
Problem solving is a life skill we all require and Scouts should be encouraged to develop. It may be a real life scenario such as a quick response to a situation requiring first aid, a problem requiring tactical thinking to solve, or problems that arise out of relationships and need to be solved for the group or Patrol to get along.


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