Scouts Parents Handbook – Uniform and Badges

Scout Uniform
Scouts normally wear a dark green Scout shirt with our green and white Group scarf (often called a necker) and a woggle of their choice. The scarf is either given at first enrolment or brought up from a previous section if previously a cub or beaver. There are robust Scout trousers available if desired though we don’t enforce this. Uniform suppliers include:
The Scouts Shop
Beats School Uniforms

We also ask that our Scouts have a green 1st CW T-shirt for camps which is available here. This gives us easy identification of our Scouts in the midst of a sea of identical uniforms.

Guide to Badges in Scouts
Your scout’s progress for badges can be seen on OnlineScoutManager. This allows you to see what they have done and have left to do for the various badges.

The Scouts website provides information about the badges and where they go on the uniform. Below is some more information on the various types of badges.

Activity Badges 
Many of the badges available are activity badges, which allow Scouts to show their progress in existing pursuits, but also to try all kinds of new things and form new interests. 

Staged Activity Badges 
These are activity badges which also have a number on them – 1, 2, 3, 15, etc. These badges are cumulative throughout beavers / cubs and scouts, and need to be transferred over from existing cubs uniforms – for example:  

Nights Away Level 1

Challenge Awards 
Gaining a challenge badge involves accomplishing a number of more ambitious tasks within the Troop or community. There are 9 challenge award badges across a number of themes, from the physical and outdoorsy to challenges dealing with the local community or issues connected with the Scouting world. When Scouts have been awarded all of their challenge award badges, and have also been awarded 6 Activity badges, they are also awarded the coveted Chief Scout Gold Scout Award

Chief Scout’s Gold Award

This award is only achievable with regular attendance, and additional commitment to camps and other opportunities. The Gold Award is transferred onto their Explorer uniform if they choose to continue their Scouting journey at 14. 

A Chief Scout Silver Award, if achieved in cubs, should be transferred over from their Cubs uniform and can be worn until they receive their Gold award. The awards are independent hence a new Scout will work towards their Gold award.

Core Badges 
In addition, there are a number of special badges, obtained upon joining or moving on from a cub pack, or for time spent in the Scouting movement.  

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