Scout Core badges

Membership Award

How to earn your badge

  1. Know about the Scout Troop:
    • Get to know other members and Leaders in the Patrol and Troop.
    • Find out about the ceremonies and traditions in the Troop.
    • Find out about the activities that the Patrol and Troop does.
  2. Know about joining your Troop:
    • Learn and understand the Scout Promise and Law and the rules of the Troop.
    • Learn and understand the Scout Motto, sign, salute and handshake.
    • Show you know the general history and family of Scouts and Scouting around the world.
    • Learn what to do at Investiture.
  3. Become a Scout by making the Promise.

Joining In Awards

How to earn your badges

The badges are numbered,  and you can be awarded a new badge every 12 months from the time you joined Scouting. If you were a member in a previous section, the badge numbers will continue from the ones you have already been awarded.

You collect these badges throughout your time in Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers. They recognise how long you have been a member of the Scout movement in total. You can earn up to four of these badges while you’re a Scout.

Moving On Award (Scouts to Explorers)

How to earn your badge

  1. Find out what your options are for being an Explorer in your area.
    This includes finding out about the Young Leaders’ Scheme.
  2. Attend both Scouts and Explorers for a short period of time (at least three weeks). Take an active part in the Explorer Unit programme.

You can work for the Explorer Membership Award while you earn your Moving on Award.

Leadership Stripes

Senior Patrol Leader               Patrol Leader                   Assistant Patrol Leader

How to earn your badge:

A Scout Troop is usually organised into smaller groups called Patrols, each headed up by a Patrol Leader, and often with an Assistant Patrol Leader as well. Some Troops may also have Senior Patrol Leaders.

Senior Patrol Leaders, Patrol Leaders and Assistant Patrol Leaders wear leadership stripes to recognise their roles.