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Badges and 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 individual needs.

The guiding principle throughout the Programme should be that young people are being challenged, while having fun. The requirements for badges provide a wide range of choice for young people, and most will be able to access the badges of their choice.

You may need to adjust the challenge to ensure that young people of different abilities all experience a similar level of challenge.

Adaptations made for young people with additional needs, medical conditions or disabilities should be aimed at improving access to the badge rather than reducing the challenge of its requirements or changing the focus. This may involve adapting some or all of the requirements and/or providing appropriate additional support.

In some instances, it may be appropriate to support the young people in your section to understand the adjustments, explaining that being fair doesn’t always mean everyone doing exactly the same thing. In this situation, fair is about everyone being able to access the activity and experience a similar level of challenge. The nature of your conversation should take into consideration the age of the young people involved, the specific circumstances and the adaptations being made.

It is entirely up to the Leader how to adapt some or all of the  badge or award requirements, in consultation with the young person and their parents or carers.

The things to consider are:

The only exceptions are Scouting’s top awards (Queen Scout Award and Explorer Belt)and the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Flexibility is built-in to these wards to support participation of all young people, however, due to their status as top awards adaptations should be approved before activity is undertaken.

Adaptions to the Scout top awards should be approved by the County Commissioner. For further support and guidance about making reasonable adjustments to the QSA or Explorer Belt please contact programme@scouts.org.uk
Adaptations within the Duke of Edinburgh award (bronze, silver and gold) needs to be approved in advance by the licensing organisation. Further information is available via dofe@scouts.org.uk

For further support please contact info.centre@scouts.org.uk


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