Re: Aussie Scout Badges
Patrick Lam (PLAM@MUSICM.MCGILL.CA)
Thu, 15 Dec 1994 00:25:25 EST
>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.
Once again I'm envious of your system.. maybe I'll have to move
to Australia someday. :)
Scouts Canada also has two major halves to its award scheme,
Achievement Badges and Challenge Badges.
Unfortunately, they aren't linked together in any way.
There are 14 achievement badges for the Scouts to choose from,
in the Outdoor, Citizenship, Personal/social Development, and
Service categories. (Maybe I can remember them all. Service-
First Aid, Lifesaving (lifeguarding), and Safety. P/SD-
Arrowhead (leadership), Personal Fitness, swimming. Outdoors-
Anchor, Paddling, Powercraft, Campcraft, Exploring, Winter
Scouting, Conservation. Citizenship- Citizen.) There are
some variations, but these badges have three levels and they need:
some requirements to complete BP Woodsman before they're supposed
to start the award scheme.
1 Bronze Outdoor + Bronze Citizen + 1 P/SD or Service
to get a Bronze Chevron - then they can be called a
1 Silver Outdoor + Silver Citizen + Silver Arrowhead + 1 P/SD or
Service at Silver to get a Silver Chevron- Voyageur Scout
1 Gold Outdoor + Gold Citizen + Gold Exploring + 1 Gold P/SD +
1 Gold Service = Gold Chevron- Pathfinder Scout.
Pathfinder + some misc. requirements = Chief Scout's Award.
It's not a bad system, but then we also have 35-ish Challenge
Badges. They're meant to be done individually (Achievement
Badges are meant to be done in patrols), and the problem is
that a lot of Scouts want to do many more Challenge Badges than
they want to do Achievment Badges. They get neat-looking chains
to wear for earning certain numbers of challenge badges. Scouts
seem a lot more attracted by chains, while the Chief Scout's
Award (highest award in Scouts) doesn't require any Challenge Badges
So we have two sides to our Scout badge system but they're not
tied together at all. :( Someone didn't think the system through
when they implemented it.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City