Activity Badges

Here are a few of the activity badges which the scouts might like to work towards in their own time. Please let the leaders know if you are interested.


Physical Recreation

  1. Regularly take part in an active sport or physical pursuit, which you haven’t already gained an activity badge for. It could be a team game like rugby, football or water polo. Individual sports like tennis, running or gymnastics count too, so do pursuits like walking, yoga, ice skating or dancing.
  2. Show a reasonable level of skill in your sport or pursuit. Show how you’ve improved over time.
  3. Explain the rules or guidelines that govern the sport or pursuit you chose.
  4. Show how you would prepare before taking part in your sport or pursuit. You could run through any special equipment or clothes you need and any warm-up and warm-down routines.
  5. Explain how to care for the equipment you use. Explain what you should look out for when the equipment is nearing the end of its life.


  1. Paint, draw or illustrate each of these:
    • a scene from a story
    • a person or object
    • a landscape.
  2. Show a selection of your own recent work.


Option 1

  1. Take up a hobby or interest that you do not already have an activity badge for.
  2. Keep a record of your hobby for a period agreed with a member of your leadership team.

Option 2

  1. Make a collection or study of objects over a period of time agreed with your leadership team. You could collect stamps, metal badges, teaspoons or bookmarks.
  2. Talk to a group about the collection or study you chose. Explain why you chose your objects.

Martial Arts

  1. Take part in a regular martial arts activity that’s recognised by your sports council for at least six months. Show how you’ve improved by at least one level over that period.
  2. Take part in a competition or demonstration and talk about your performance with an instructor

Sports Enthusiast

  1. Explain the rules governing your favourite sport.
  2. Describe the levels of achievement within your chosen sport locally, nationally or internationally.
  3. Show that you know some of the personalities, champions or other experts in your chosen sport. Explain how they might have inspired you.
  4. Talk about the equipment needed for the sport.
  5. Describe a recent major event, championship or landmark in the sport.
  6. Explain how you follow your sport. How do you keep up to date with developments?

Model Maker

Option 1

  1. Choose one of these activities:
    • Build a model using a plastic or white metal kit or pre-cast figures.
    • Design and construct a model from a wood, plastic or metal construction set, such as Lego or Meccano.
  2. Show that you know the different types of kits or parts available in the material you chose.
  3. Talk about the experience of building the model with a knowledgeable adult.

Option 2

  1. Build a model aeroplane, using a kit if you want to. It must meet one of these target flight performances:
    • A hand-launched glider must fly for 25 seconds.
    • A tow-launched glider must fly for 45 seconds, with 50 metres maximum line length.
    • A rubber-powered aircraft must fly for 30 seconds.
    • An engine-powered aircraft must fly for 45 seconds, with 15 seconds maximum motor run.
    • A control line aircraft must show a smooth take off and landing, with three laps of level flight at about 2 metres, with a climb and dive.
  2. Talk about the experience of building and flying the model with a knowledgeable adult.

Other options for model boats, slot cars or trains are available.