Badge support | Outdoor Challenge Award
This time of year is perfect for getting outside, and for young people to work towards their Outdoors Challenge Award, while developing some great practical skills.
We’ve partnered with TheGruffalo to produce some brilliant resources for Beaver sections wanting to undertake this badge. Even better – for rainy British summers (not that we ever get those), lots of the activities can be done indoors too.
Next time you go out to the woods or the park, get the Beavers to collect leaves to make a lovely natural leaf crown. They’ll need enough leaves to cover a strip of paper that fits around their head. Sticking the leaves on with double-sided tape keeps everything nice and tidy, and avoids sticky hands!
You can link this award with some of the other Cub Activity Badges, including the Backwoods Cooking Activity Badge. Try making something a bit different on your campfire next time – how about trying our recipe for energising trail bars? You can make them in one pot over an open fire, and they are delicious!
Another part of the award involves Cubs constructing a simple camp gadget. Your Cubs could construct a tripod to hang their cooking pot from, in order to suspend it over their fire when making their dinner. Brush up on lashing techniques with this helpful factsheet from Scout Adventures (formerly Scout Activity Centres).
As part of their award, Scouts need to show that they are able to use a knife, axe or saw (or all three tools) safely and effectively. Have a read of this helpful resource from Scout Adventures before you start showing the young people how to use the tools.
You could combine learning these new skills with pioneering, or creating a camp gadget – like a clothes drying rack for airing smelly camp clothes. This will also test your Scouts’ ability to tie knots and lashings.
Though Explorer Scouts do not have Challenge Awards like the younger sections, these themes are mirrored in the Challenge Areas which support Explorers to plan their Programme.
The Survival Skills Activity Badge could be completed as part of a two-day survival camp, where the Explorers construct their own shelters and cook over an open fire without utensils (except a knife).
Check out the fire lighting factsheet from Scout Adventures for some tips about the best kinds of wood to use on a fire, and teach your Explorers how to find water in the wild with this helpful blog. You could even give your Explorers an extra challenge: to take their sleeping area off the ground and construct hammocks to hang out in!
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