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Team Leader Challenge Award

To achieve this badge you need to hold the Scout Teamwork Award, and complete these requirements over a period of at least three months:

  1. Successfully lead a Scout team at a camp or all day event. You need to:
    • look after the whole Patrol / team,
    • help individuals in your team if they need it,
    • make sure that your team achieves the goal you have been set.
  2. Help a new Scout to be part of the Troop with an understanding of what is expected of them.
  3. Help another Scout to develop a Scouting skill.
  4. Represent the views of other Scouts (for example at a Patrol Leaders’ Council or something similar) and report back to them afterwards.


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:

For inspiration, read the blog on the Team Leader Challenge Awards here. Further guidance and tips can be found below.

The resource ‘Taking the Lead’ provides a wide range of activities which support these badge requirements. It is designed to help you develop leadership skills with Scouts in your Troop, and increase their participation in decision-making processes in Scouting. Most importantly, it will help young people become better team players and leaders, both within Scouting and in preparation for their adult roles in society.

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 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. 

Successfully lead a Scout team at a camp or all day event. You need to:

A Scout doesn’t have to be a Patrol Leader to meet this requirement- members of the Patrol 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 keeping an area organised, or take charge of their team during a competition.

Some young people and particularly those on the autism spectrum, may feel anxious/stressed in a new environment, so, leading a familiar task/activity or something they enjoy, would probably be best. 

Young people might need specific examples of how they can be a good leader. Having the goals clearly explained and recorded will be helpful.

Where a young person has social or communication difficulties, other Scouts in the Troop may need guidance in how best to communicate with the young person, to ask for help or clarification.
Remember, depending on the young person's abilities, the team could just involve one or two other Scouts.  

Help a new Scout to be part of the Troop with an understanding of what is expected of them.

If you have a number of Scouts working on this requirement, then two or three Scouts could work together to look after the new young person, or they could each take responsibility for different things.

Young people may need specific tasks or ideas, of how to help the new Scout.  For example, showing or reading the Troop’s Code of Conduct or the Promises, leading an investiture, showing the young person around the meeting place, or showing the young person the their uniform and badges.

Help another Scout to develop a Scouting skill.  

To complete this requirement, Scouts should teach a new skill to another member of their Troop. 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.     

Represent the views of other Scouts (for example at a Patrol Leaders’ Council or something similar) and report back to them afterwards.

Representing their peers is an important skill for Scouts to learn, not just for Patrol Leaders but for all members of the Troop. The activities suggested could all be used to help the Scouts completing the award find out what the rest of the Scouts 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 difficulties with speaking/listening, this could involve a questionnaire, or collecting written feedback from the other Scouts.

You should then make sure that there are opportunities for the Scouts to feed the information they gather back to the leadership team, for example at a Patrol Leader's forum. For more information about Scout Troop forums, click here.

Information on Troop Forums can be found here. Troop forums and Patrol Leaders’ forums are an opportunity for Scouts to participate in planning, reviewing and implementing their programme, and can be formal or informal as appropriate for your Troop.


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