Develop Skills for Life

Our badges and awards help young people develop new skills whilst having fun with their friends. They provide challenge and can be adapted to suit each young person. At ScoutsCymru we have special awards that celebrate our unique heritage and thriving culture.  

ScoutsCymru has developed a number of 'Welsh' awards that members in Wales can work towards, you will find all the details in this section.

Welsh Beaver, Cub, Scout and Explorer Awards

The Welsh Beaver, Cub and Scout Awards can be gained by Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers and they aim to raise awareness of Welsh heritage.

The Awards were revamped and updated in 2019. This update made the awards more flexible and introduced a new set of badges. If you have been working towards the old requirements please contact ScoutsCymru Headquarters.

If you are completing the awards at home due to Covid-19 then you may want to check out our suggested programme ideas!

Dragon Award 

The challenge restarts 

Scouting in Wales moved to the Green readiness level on 17th September 2021. This means all activities can resume for scouts who live in Wales.

From the 1 October 2021, the Dragon Award challenges are now moving back to the outdoor camping programme that was in place pre-Covid 19 .

Over the last 18 months, many scouts took part and gained the stay-at-home Dragon Award challenge. The ScoutsCymru team loved the commitment and creativity participants showed and congratulations to everyone involved.

 

The Dragon Award recognises the importance of outdoor nights away experiences for our Young People. These experiences include camping, bivouacs, and expeditions in different, challenging and sometimes unusual  environments throughout the year.

This Award encourages Scout Troops, Explorer Scout Units, Scout Network and their Leaders to camp more in unfamiliar places. This Award recognises the contribution camping makes to building successful teams and the effort young people and their leader teams make in achieving our top awards.

There are three Dragon awards – Bronze, Silver and Gold that each have different challenges built around achieving the top awards and having fun.

For each award you must camp in every month of the year and this can be spread over several years. There is no time limit for each award. Awards must be claimed within 6 months of the final camp.

The awards were redesigned in 2019 by the ScoutsCymru Programme Team. If you were working towards the old scheme you had until the end of February 2020 to complete the award.

In our review of the Dragon Award we had a fantastic response generating a lot of ideas for the new Dragon Award. The ScoutsCymru Programme Team would like to thank all those who contributed and hope you can see your idea in the new Award. The team hope you enjoy the new Dragon Award and your nights-away and camping experience scouting in Wales.

Democracy challenge

This challenge helps young people explore the democratic processes of their section, local communities, national communities and the UK making them better placed to take part in those processes.

The Challenge has five areas including the requirement of taking part in an appropriate forum. This supports leaders running sectional forums. ADC’s/AAC’s should ensure provision of District and Area forums for Scouts and Explorer Scouts, allowing young people the opportunity to take part. In addition all participants must complete a recipe from The Democracy Cookbook published by The Electoral Commission, helping them to gain further insight into and information of the democratic process.

The badge can be ordered from ScoutsCymru Headquarters by Badge Secretaries or section Leaders by calling 01446 795277. The badge should be worn on uniform as an occasional badge.

The following links detail the sectional requirements of the Wales Democracy Challenge Badge.

To download the Democracy Challenge record cards, please visit our Resources page.

Water Awareness Badge

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and Scouts Cymru have teamed up to launch a new Water Safety Awareness Badge. It is aimed to help Scouts Cymru members between the ages of six and 14 to gain vital life skills, as they enjoy coastal and inland waters this summer.

The new Water Safety Awareness Badge teaches children and young people to know and recognise the risks that water presents, this can help them minimise the chances of getting into danger in the water in the first place.  The program also teaches young people how to help themselves if they fall into cold water. 40% of people who drowned in inland or coastal waters last year had no intention of being in the water.  That’s why it’s vital that young people learn a simple, but very important, life skill – to Float to Live.

One of the main lessons as part of the Water Safety Awareness Badge is to Float to Live: lean back, using your arms and legs to stay afloat. Control your breathing, then call for help or swim to safety. In a coastal emergency, call 999 or 112 for the Coastguard

Rights badge

Launched to mark the tenth anniversary of the Commissioner’s Office in Wales, the badge enables Scouts and Guides of all ages to learn more about children’s rights and about their Children’s Commissioner.

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Flood Awareness Award

ScoutsCymru in partnership with Natural Resources Wales have launched a Flood Awareness Badge. The Award has been developed to increase flood awareness and learn about the preventative actions that can be put in place. The Award is open to Cubs and Scouts.


How can i get involved in the Flood Awareness Award? 

Cubs

Complete all the actions to be awarded with your Flood Awareness Badge

  1. Visit the Natural Resources Wales website and find out if your house is at risk of flooding. If your house is not at risk of flooding, where is the closest area to you that is?
  2. Design a poster that shows the Floodline number and flood warnings given by Natural Resources Wales.
  3. Prepare a flood kit with everything you and your family would need if there was a flood. Explain why you have included them in your flood kit and where you would keep it.

Once completed the badge can be ordered from ScoutsCymru Headquarters by calling 01446 795277 or email admin@scoutscymru.org.uk. The badge should be worn on uniform as an occasional badge.


Scouts

Complete all the actions to be awarded with your Flood Awareness Badge

  1. Find out if there is a Flood Warning service in your area, or where the closest one is to you. Is your school, a relative or your meeting place at risk of being flooded?
  2. Understand what the three levels of flood warning are and what they mean. What are the different ways you can receive these if you live in a flood warning area?
  3. Understand how a flood can happen. What are the factors that cause flooding and is there anything that can make a flood worse?
  4. Prepare a flood kit for your home or understand what you should include in a flood kit. Why you should keep one ready and where they should be kept in the home.
  5. Complete either a) or b)

a) Prepare a poster or leaflet informing others about the flood risk in their area. You could include such information as where would the water come from. What they should do if a flood happens. How would they be warned that a flood is going to happen?

b) Prepare a flood plan for your home, or somewhere that could be affected by flooding. Make sure everybody knows what to do. You can use the template available on Environment Agency Wales’ website as a guide.

Once completed the badge can be ordered from ScoutsCymru Headquarters by calling 01446 795277 or email admin@scoutscymru.org.uk. The badge should be worn on uniform as an occasional badge.


You can download a copy of the Flood Awareness Leaflet & answer sheets below. There are also a small supply available on a first come first served basis by contacting the ScoutsCymru office.

Flood Awareness Award Leaflet 

Flood Awareness Sheet – Cubs

Flood Awareness Sheet – Scouts

Flood Awareness Quiz

Internet Safety Award

It is widely recognised that young people today are far more digitally literate than some of us ‘oldies’, and while we may marvel at their dexterity and ability to grasp new technology in a ‘nano’ second, young people do not always understand some of the risks that lurk on the internet.

As Leaders in Scouting, we wouldn’t let the young people we are responsible for take part in an activity without assessing and managing the risks first. We wouldn’t expect them to go climbing for instance, without the use safety equipment. In Scouting we don’t say ‘you can’t go climbing because it is risky’, we help manage the risk by making the activity safe.

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