Badge support | Hobbies
Even though the activity badges cover loads of activities – from the Caver Activity Badge to the Circus Skills Activity Badge – it would be impossible to include activity badges for everything. The Hobbies Activity Badge is a great way to recognise the endless spectrum of hobbies and interests catering to young people’s curiosity.
This means young people can earn badges for extracurricular activities that aren’t commonly practiced in Scouts. So whether young people are taking up belly dancing or developing their interest in golf, the Hobbies Badge is a way to reward their effort and achievement. Regardless of the level of skill, the important thing is the commitment a young person shows while developing it.
And because young people can earn more than one Hobbies badge, it’s a useful way to encourage them to take up something new. From budding yogis to robotics fanatics, support your young people to earn their Hobbies Activity Badge with these links and tips.
Beavers – Hobbies Activity Badge for Beavers
To encourage and support your young people to pursue their hobby (or take up a new one) and achieve their badge, take a look at the Hobbies Activity Badge requirements for Beavers.
Support your Cubs to take their hobby to the next level (whether they’ve been doing it for years or are entirely new to it), by recapping on the Hobbies Activity Badge requirements for Cubs.
Scouts – Hobbies Activity Badge for Scouts
Remind yourself of the Hobbies Activity Badge requirements for Scouts to consider the various options they can take to earn these awards.
Our top Scouting awards – including the Chief Scout's Platinum Awardand Chief Scout's Diamond Award as well as the Queen's Scout Award, and the Duke of Edinburgh's Awards – require Explorer Scouts to take up a skill and physical activity. This is a brilliant opportunity for them to further develop a hobby or to take up something entirely new. They will demonstrate commitment and grow in confidence, while working towards an award that will help them to stand out. Guidance and support for the Chief Scout’s Awards and the Queen’s Scout Award can be found in the Reach the Top resource.
Scout Network members
Sometimes an activity that begins as a hobby can grow into a career. That’s not to say playing an instrument as a child will always lead to becoming a concert pianist, but in the process of developing a skill, we develop all sorts of secondary skills and abilities. Learning music for instance can improve mathematical skills.
More broadly, commitment to a hobby can show dedication, passion and resilience. These are the skills universities and employers value. Explorer Scouts and Scout Network members who are applying for uni or for jobs could benefit from highlighting the skills they’ve developed through their hobbies and in Scouting.
Here’s a blog on how to translate Scouting skills into a language employers understand and another on Scouting and employability. Share these with Explorer Scouts and Scout Network members to help them get ahead.
For Scout Network members looking to develop their interest in a hobby in a Scouts environment, there are loads of opportunities to use their skills to plan and take part in events and projects, and to get virtual badges to record and share these achievements.