Re: Aussie Scout Badges
Bruce Ward (wardb@AGRIC.NSW.GOV.AU)
Thu, 15 Dec 1994 09:25:14 +1100
Just some extra info to Margaret's excellent coverage of the Australian
badge award system. I have been a Leader in both the Cub and Scout
sections, and can shed some light on the mysteries of their awards.
There are two parts to the Cub award scheme, and they are separate. The
Bronze, Silver and Gold boomerangs are for 8, 9 and 10 year old cubs in
that order. Each is achieved on completion of a range of requirements
covering Health, fitness, citizenship basic knotting etc.
There are also a range of interest badges, which can be earned separately.
It is possible for a cub to earn a stack of interest badges, and get no
boomerangs and vice-versa.
There are also two sides to the Scout awards. Before starting on the main
scheme however, a Scout completes a basic Scoutcraft badge, covering the
very basic skills needed for Scouting activities.
Firstly, a series of Target Badges cover the basic Scouting skills such as
Citizenship, Campcraft, Emergencies, Environment, Air Activities, Water
Activities etc. These are each available at three levels - Pioneer (red),
Explorer (blue) and Adventurer (green). There is a large badge at each
level awarded on completion of citizenship, campcraft and one other target.
The second side of the award scheme are challenge badges. These involve
projects involving research, skill and activity components and taking 10
hours or more to complete. They include agriculture pet keeping,
trade, craft, Australian heritage and many more. One challenge badge is
set aside for a Patrol activity. Bars are available for this badge for
The top awards for a Scout are the cords (red, blue and green). These
effectively tie the two halves of the scheme together:
Red cord Pioneer badge (three red targets), one challenge badge
and a Patrol activity.
Blue cord Explorer badge (three blue targets), three
challenge badges and two Patrol activities.
Green cord Explorer badge (three green targets), five
challenge badges and three patrol activities.
Each invested member of the movement wears the following common badges:
National badge (Aussie flag)
District badge (or area/branch badge for those leaders)
Area Name Tape
Group name tape
There are other award badges for things like jamborees, but it seems
almost any gathering of Scouts or Scouters is an opportunity to strike a
badge. There are literally thousands of these event badges, which are not
worn on the uniform, but go on camp shirts or blankets.
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