Re: Aust Badges (long)
Yam, Margaretha (YAM@TAS.MRL.DSTO.GOV.AU)
Wed, 14 Dec 1994 18:01:00 PST
Sorry to reply to the list but your e-mail was not in your message.
Well your message took quite a while to reach me, and you must be quite old
by now, the message was dated " Tue 1 Jan 1901 12:00am" !!
About the badges, I'm not really sure what you want in terms of badges,
there are quite a few of them. Incidently, the badges are the same
throughout Australia, Tasmania is only a State, although many Tasmanians
look upon "mainlanders" as some kind of foreigners.
To help you I have looked up the badgework for each of the sections and here
is a list, my position is as an (Assistant) Venturer Leader, but I've
hopefully got things pretty right for the other sections, (you may wish to
confirm this with other Aust Scouters subscribing to Scouts-L):
Joeys are aged 6-8.
There aren't any badges earnt in this section. There is however a special
Joey badge which many of the kids sew on their T-shirts (they don't wear
uniform, only the scarf). It's a really cute badge with a kangaroo on it.
Cub scouts are aged 8 to 10.
There are 3 major badges: bronze boomerang, silver boomerang, and gold
boomerang, which are achieved in that order. To gain each of the boomerangs
the cub needs to get a number of achievement badges which are available at
each of the 3 levels. My little book here shows 37 achievement badges
typical titles are: athlete, arts&crafts,cooking,collector, Aust
Heritage,pets,photographer,first aider etc.
Scouts are aged 10 to 15.
There are 3 major badges: pioneer(red), explorer(blue), and
adventurer(green) which are usually achieved in that order. Along with the
badge comes a cord which is worn around the arm and fastened under the shirt
shoulder tabs, hence scouts talk of "getting their blue cord" etc. To gain
each of the cords a scout needs to get a number of badges which are
available at each level:
(a) scoutcraft badge (this is camping skills basically)
(b) citizenship badge
(c) 1 activity or skill target badge (ie: arts, conservation,
construction,emergencies, fitness, science,watersafety, air or water
(d) 2 challenge badges (basically hobbies type badges eg:
(e) patrol activity badge
Venturers are aged 14 to 18.
In venturers there is a badge called the Discovery Award which they all must
complete, this is basic campcraft mainly. Then there are two major badges
called the Venturer Award and the Queen Scout Award which are completed in
that order. For each of these two badges venturers need to get badges in a
cetain number of activity areas which are available at both levels. These
activity area badges are usually called "tapes", since they are little
strips with the name of the activity area written on it (maroon for one
level & green for the other). The activity areas are:
Citizenship, Environment, Expeditions, Expression, Fitness, Ideals,
As well as this, the "initiative" tape is required for the Venturer Award ,
and the "Leadership" tape is required for the Queen Scout Award. These are
completed by going to an appropriate weekend course.
The other badge available which is an extra and independant of the other two
is the Major Interest Award and is given out when they spend about 50hrs or
more on a suitable project of some kind.
Rovers are aged 17 to 26.
The major badge in Rovers is the Baden Powell Award. Two methods can be used
to get this badge:
(a) get each of: Rambler Badge (expedition type activity I think),Project
Badge (making something), Sevice Training Star, Scoutcraft Star.
(b) get each of: Physical/Mental/Social/Spiritual Development Awards
Other badges which are available across a number of sections include World
Consevation Badges, Language badges, badges denoting proficiency in water
(&air?) activities, amatuer radio, first aid.
I might have missed a few but I've done my best. Most of these badges I
ought to be able to purchase (hopefully you don't want the whole lot
though!!). The Queen Scout and Baden Powell Awards are a little more
difficult, strict control & records are kept on who is allowed to have
I wish you luck in your badge collecting
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City