The Scoutcraft Badge is the first badge every Scout will earn on becoming a member. If the scout moved up from Cubs, having completed the Link Badge before leaving Cubs, the major part of this badge has basically already been completed by the time he/she is invested into the troop.
In order to be awarded the Pioneer, Explorer or Adventurer Badge, a scout must complete two compulsory Target Badges - Campcraft and Citizenship, as well as any one of the remaining 6 options.
Various parts of the target badges require scouts to know how to do activities they may not be familiar with. To that end my target badge shortcuts page has links and info to point people towards the relevant information.
The above set of pdf pages, along with those linked on the Proficiency Badge page below, were passed to me from elsewhere, source unknown. They appear to be mostly up to date, as far as they have been checked. Changes are noted in the 2014 changes page.
Some of the above pages are no longer pdf's and reflect the updates as at the start of 2017. These will be progressively updated as time permits.
A few badge requirements were amended in the 2014 printing of the green Award Scheme book. See here for details of those changes.
In late 2016 the topic of Breakng the Cycle was added to the award scheme.
The aim of the Proficency Badge system is to allow a scout to develop an interest that will be challenging to that individual. Generally they require at least 10 hours of work to achieve them. Full details are found in The Scout Record Book. The details are also available on this page on the Scouts S.A website.
Patrol Activity Badges
A Patrol Activity Badge can be achieved for each level of the Award Scheme. It is earned by each member of the Patrol taking part in the activity, but does not have to necessarily be earned as a part of the patrol the scout is a member of for weekly group meetings.
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There are 4 years available (ages 11-14 inclusive) to complete all three levels, plus the Scout Medallion. Thus a scout should anticipate completing their Pioneer in 12 to 15 months, their Explorer in 15-18 months, and their Adventurer level (and Scout Medallion if desired) in their remaining 15 to 21 months. Keep in mind that a scout who completes everything in 3.5 years is able to link and progress to venturers from age 14.5, but very few complete it all that quickly.
The Scout Leadership Course
In order to be able to attend the Leadership Course, a scout must have achieved their Pioneer Badge. However, other criteria also are taken into account.
The Australian Scout Medallion
The highest Award for a Scout is the Australian Scout Medallion. It requires significant effort, and in order to qualify, a scout needs to
The Leadership Activity/Project
There is a great resource on Patroltent covering guidelines for the leadership activity. For those intending to complete the Scout Medallion and thus the Leadership activity, please note that the intention of the leadership activity is to have the scout show leadership and initiative. In most cases planning and running a camp is considered a normal part of the older scouts role, and will probably not qualify for the activity. Activities that involve making arrangements and learning new skills are preferred, and several examples are given on the patroltent page. Other ideas may include
Please remember that the project can be done at any stage during Adventurer level, you do not have to wait until your other badges are completed befpore you start.
Additionally, Oberon SES have a very good resource on bush Safety
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Last updated 18th February 2017.
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