Minecrafter Badge

I have commissioned a special badge with a goal of showing that the wearer is an avid Minecraft player.

If used in Scouting, at present it can only be worn on uniform for 1 year from the date of issue as a custom badge with approval from your county commissioner, however I am working to get it internationally recognised as an activity badge.

I have requested approval from the Scout Association to call this an official activity badge, however this has not been granted, and has to wait until their next review, so they are not official activity badges, and does not have the scouting logo on the badge. I am obviously hoping the the Scout Association approves the badge and allows me to make it an official badge with the logo on it!

Its called the Minecrafter Badge. Its available in four different styles.

Explorer Minecrafter Badge - Pack of 5 Scouts Minecrafter Badge - Pack of 5 Cubs Minecrafter Badge - Pack of 5

Its primarily designed to encourage those who are not perhaps the most athletic and sporty to feel that they too can achieve something, and a wonderful way to get potential new members interested.

 

Getting the badge

For Scout leaders wishing to purchase this badge, it is available for Β£1 each from below. This covers the cost of making the badge, the postage and a very small amount of profit that is used to support a local scout troop. NB. For all orders  of Β£15 or over there is free shipping.

 

 

Minecrafter badge – Red edge, blue background

Minecrafter badge – Gold edge, red background

Minecrafter badge – Light blue edge, blue background

Minecrafter badge – Dark blue edge, yellow background

 

 

 

These are not official scouting badges, however as they were conceived of and designed by scouts we propose the following criteria to help you with determining sufficient knowledge to attain the badge if you wish to do so. Lots of the goals are about creativity, but you should add a focus of online safety if possible.

Proposed Badge Criteria (Beavers & Cubs)
UPDATED to cater for single-player where no internet access is possible.

Here are the criteria that need to be met for you to be awarded the Minecrafter Badge.

Complete the following:

1. Play Minecraft on either a PC, Xbox, Playstation, iPad/Tablet or Raspberry Pi

2. Show that you know how to create a single-player world

3. Demonstrate an understanding of how to make/craft the following using a crafting table

  • Furnace
  • Chest
  • Bed
  • Torch
  • Ladder
  • Cobblestone stairs
  • Armour
  •  Sign
  • Bucket
  • Sandstone slab
  • Pane of glass

4. Demonstrate an understanding of how to make the following tools and from what materials they can be made

  • Sword
  • Pickaxe
  • Shovel
  • Axe

5. Play minecraft in a single-player or multi-player environment for at least 1 hour in a 7 day period and build something unique in the world (something you have come up with, not a copy of something someone else has made).

6. Explain why it is important not to do the following when on a multi-player world

  • Breaking the creative works of others

 

Proposed Badge Criteria (Scouts)

Here are the criteria that need to be met for you to be awarded the Minecrafter Badge.

Complete the following:

1. Have your own Minecraft account (where financially possible, recommended, but ideally not purchased as part of this badge). Not applicable for Raspberry Pi.

2. Show that you can download and install Minecraft on to a computer or Raspberry Pi

3. Show that you know how to create a single-player world

4. Show that you know how to add / join a multiplayer world

5. Demonstrate an understanding of how to make/craft the following using a crafting table

  • Furnace
  • Chest
  • Bed
  • Torch
  • Ladder
  • Cobblestone stairs
  • Armour
  •  Sign
  • Painting
  • Bucket
  • Sandstone slab
  • Pane of glass
  • Stone bricks
  • Red Brick

6. Demonstrate an understanding of how to make the following tools and from what materials they can be made

  • Sword
  • Pickaxe
  • Shovel
  • Axe

7. Play minecraft in a multi-player environment for at least 1 hour in a 7 day period and build something unique in the world.

8. Explain why it is important not to do the following when on a multi-player world

  • Breaking the creative works of others
  • Disclosing your real name or personal details about yourself on the chat
  • Use bad language or say things that others may find offensive or to deliberately inflame the situation
  • Arrange to meet up with someone you don’t already know
  • Build offensive structures or signs

 

Proposed Badge Criteria (Explorers)

Here are the criteria that need to be met for you to be awarded the Minecrafter Badge.

Complete the following:

1. Have your own Minecraft account (where financially possible, recommended, but ideally not purchased as part of this badge). Not applicable for Raspberry Pi.

2. Show that you can download and install Minecraft on to a computer

3. Show that you know how to create a single-player world

4. Show that you know how to add / join a multiplayer world

5. Demonstrate an understanding of how to make/craft the following using a crafting table

  • Furnace
  • Chest
  • Bed
  • Torch
  • Ladder
  • Cobblestone stairs
  • Armour
  •  Sign
  • Painting
  • Bucket
  • Sandstone slab
  • Pane of glass
  • Stone bricks
  • Red Brick

6. Demonstrate an understanding of how to make the following tools and from what materials they can be made

  • Sword
  • Pickaxe
  • Shovel
  • Axe

7. Play minecraft in a multi-player environment for at least 1 hour in a 7 day period and build something unique in the world.

8. Explain why it is important not to do the following when on a multi-player world

  • Breaking the creative works of others
  • Disclosing your real name or personal details about yourself on the chat
  • Use bad language or say things that others may find offensive or to deliberately inflame the situation
  • Arrange to meet up with someone you don’t already know
  • Build offensive structures or signs

9. Demonstrate the following working  constructions:

  • 2×2 Jeb Door using pistons and redstone (http://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Tutorials/Jeb_Doors)
  • Redstone tripwire that causes a dispenser to shoot snowballs or arrows at the person who has tripped the wire
  • A working roller coaster with start and stop similar to a real roller coaster.

 

Sales of the minecrafter badges have supported individuals / provided the following equipment for a local scout troop:

  • Purchase of equipment for the survival skills badge work and a survival skills bivouac camp
  • Special fully-funded scout adventure camp to the Mourne Mountains for scouts and their families
  • 20 AirSoft BB Guns for Master At Arms badge
  • 20 bows, arrows and targets for Master At Arms badge
  • Tug of war rope
  • Funding for scouts living in areas of rural deprivation to go to 3 annual scout camps and 2 overnight camps
  • Annual subs for 18 scouts living in areas of rural deprivation whose parents cannot afford the annual costs
  • Purchase of over 800 award/merit badges so that there is no additional costs for parents of scouts living in areas of rural deprivation

98 Replies to “Minecrafter Badge”

  1. Hi,

    This badge is great πŸ™‚ we have quite a few Mine Craft wizzy Cubs who are interested in this badge. Could you just clarify what you mean by build something “Unique” .. do you mean like a house, farm, railway etc or invent/code something that can be crafted?

    many thanks, Lizzie
    1st Bingham Pegasus Cub Pack

    1. Hi Lizzie,

      By something unique the idea was to make an original work, so not just the usual minimal survival house, so yes, anything creative like a house, farm railway or anything building related is perfect, or pixel art. If they want ideas, get them to log on to our shared server that already has lots of scouts have created amazing things on (including the Eiffel Tower, mansions and amazing pixel art and villages and towns) by connecting to server address: minecraft.rmtweb.co.uk

      Regards,

      Richard

  2. Hi Richard,

    I think this badge with prove very popular with the Cubs and Scouts, perhaps less popular with the leaders.

    With the Cubs criteria, can I suggest that it be based on single player use, rather than requiring creation of an online account and multi-player worlds.

    To create an official online account requires the Cub to have an email address. Most Cubs don’t have an email address and setting one up with providers like gmail requires them to claim they are older than they really are.

    Providing instruction on the badge could be problematic as most Scout huts don’t have internet access and parents would be reluctant to provide credit card details or allow use of their email accounts.

    At Cub age, many of them are playing Minecraft at home in single player mode typically on an XBox 360.

    Changing the Cub criteria would make the badge more suitable for organising a Cub night around it. It would provide more of a progression between Cubs, Scouts and Explorers.

    If you would like help re-writing the Cub criteria, please let know.

    Best regards
    Chris

  3. Many of my Beavers play Minecraft, I know how to play (I encourage my kids to experiment with ‘redstone’ electronic creations – is there anything in the pipeline for Beavers regarding a minecraft badge?

    Joanne (ABL 4th Oxford Beavers)

      1. Just for your info – both my boys are beavers and can do all of the cub criteria so you could use the same for beavers

        1. I can get them made if you can tell me what the colours are that they should be – there seems to be disagreement as to exactly what colour beaver badges are!

  4. I think you should also make a minecraft potion brewing bage or to get the badge you need to know how to brew all the potions

  5. Hi there, I have been surprised to find how many Beavers are playing Minecraft and have been really excited by this badge. Most of them are already at the cub requirements so this may be more of a “staged badge” that will allow ability to be recognised as well. Just need the CC to play ball now…………

  6. Hi,
    I too have beavers who would be interested in this, if there is an offline version for beavers available that would be great.

  7. Showed this to my scouts and they are rather excited and can do all the scout requirements and the explorer requirements as well. Staging might be an idea as I am sure other leaders are finding there Scouts are well above the criteria you have listed here.

    Tom – 3rd Hayling Scouts

  8. I have just been asked yesterday by a Young Leader (16yr old) with one of my guide units if she can do this badge?

  9. Excellent badge idea. We are 20 Scouts in a troop in Norway having a mini “gathering” this weekend and as many as possible want to take the badge. Good to see it is on eBay. Hopefully the order will be on its way soon.

    Andy, 1st Langhus Scouts

  10. Are there any badges left? eBay says that all 150 are sold? Will there be any more? I would like 14 for our troop in Norway ?

    1. There are indeed, but the Scout Association in the UK asked me not to sell them specifically as Scout badges until they conduct a “badge review” in 2015, so they are just down as activity badges, not Scout activity badges.

      Gold edged, red background: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/351011598404?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
      Red edged, blue background: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/351011598980?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
      Light blue edged, blue background: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/351011600903?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

  11. Hi
    These are fab!
    The eBay listing appears to have ended. Will any more be going on soon? I’d like to buy 7 please!
    Thank you.

      1. Aha! Found them! Have put my order straight in, thank you. Even more sewing for me and a couple of friends- yay!

  12. Hi there,

    Just wondering, do you have any recommendations as to how my Cubs can show/prove that they have done all of the criteria required to achieve the Minecrafter badge? Many are very interested in earning the badge, however knowing nothing about the game, it makes it hard for me to understand what is required.

    Many thanks,

    Steve Hewett

    Cub Scout Leader – Hanwell Fields
    North Banbury Scout Group

    1. Hi Steve,

      The only real way is to have a go yourself at playing it! I will work on making some nice pictures showing the crafting table for each item on the list.

      Richard

  13. Love this idea !! I am a US Tiger den leader and Pack Committee Chairman. One comment above hits the nail on the head. Kids would love this but it would be less popular with the leaders. The first time I realized the potential of Minecraft was when we worked on our “Video Game” belt loop and I brought in my laptop with Minecraft because I knew how much my son loved to play. It was a HUGE hit. Since then I have done a lot of reading on the wide range of uses for this platform in education, social media, programming, etc. Sadly, I dont think it will go far in Scouting, at least in my corner of the world. Times and technology are changing so fast but Scouting seems stuck in the 1950’s in so many ways. Look forward to your comments !

    1. Hi Anthony,

      Completely agree – its good in a way that scouting is “stuck in the 1950’s” because there are so many fantastic values that it brings to the scouts that are sadly lacking in the general culture these days…. that said, I find it so frustrating that the Scouting movement doesn’t recognise that the world is changing rapidly, and that (despite my best efforts in writing to them, and emailing) they fail to recognise that Minecraft is a fantastic way to recruit potential new scouts. Players who are scouts are always the players that you want to have on multi-player servers as they are the kind and courteous players who are nice to others and help build and support them. We have lots of our scouts who all talk to each other daily by playing on the same minecraft server, and they all become a much closer knit group, and then invite other kids from school on to the server, where they then end up coming to scouts, and we then get to do great things like the bonfire circles on the beach etc and give them a real introduction to scouting.

  14. Morning
    You appear to have sold out of badges again (very popular), will you be re-listing again soon? I have several Scouts who are very eager to obtain this badge.

    Regards

    Steve

      1. That would be great, I know at least 3 of mine are desperate to get the badge, they turn up each week with tablet computer in hand to show me there latest creations.

        Regards

        Steve

  15. Brilliant have purchased 5 so far, do you have another 5 or is that all of them gone now (blue with red boarder).

    1. Thanks for the order – I have emailed you confirmation. I have 120 of the read-edged, blue background badges left (out of originally 1000 of them).

  16. Hi, this is AWESOME! We are in the USA and my son is less than enthusiastic about scouts. I’m grasping for anything that will pull him back in. I could google for this, but in the interest of conversation on a blog, is Explorers the Cubs (younger kids) in the UK? I’m going to send this to our Assistant CubMaster, who recently created a server for the pack (but I don’t have a link to yet) and see if he wants to make this available to the pack!!!

    1. I have already sent lots of badges all over the world to scout troops in USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, France, Belgium, Norway and many many more countries. It’s a wonderful way to get scouts all playing together on minecraft all of the evenings they are not at scouts. Our scouts have a server that has a virtual camp site on it! In the UK Cubs are aged 8-10, Scouts aged 10-14 and Explorers are 14-18.

    2. Sorry, I completely missed your question in there! I don’t know if anyone else replied already but in the UK Explorers is the older (14+) kids, Scouts is aged 10-14 and Cubs is 8-10.

  17. thank you πŸ™‚

    Happy Cubs, Scout and Young Leaders here !!
    And makes our leadership team “rock” in the young peoples eyes!!

  18. How many of the blue background, blue edged badges do you have left?, and what is the shipping price to New Zealand?

    1. I have 300 or so of them left and shipping to New Zealand is Β£4, however if you order 30 badges or more then I can do the shipping for no additional charge πŸ™‚

  19. Hi we did buy now of 10 badges
    via PayPal and it gave no option to add shipping costs. how do we pay the extra for shipping to nz ?

    1. Just got your badge order. I will send you another PayPal invoice to cover the postage, thank you for your order! πŸ™‚ Will get them posted later today to you.

      Thanks! Richard

    1. Hi Mark,

      Yes, the badges were posted about 2 weeks ago! They were sent by Air Mail, so I would think they will be with you soon, normally it takes up to 2 weeks I think. There was a slight issue in that we have had post box closures here, and I think some of my badges were in a post box that is now only checked once every week instead of every day. I have changed from using my nearest post box to one next to the post office a few miles away so that this doesn’t happen to future badge deliveries!

      Regards, Richard

  20. I think you didn’t understand what’s the aim of Scouting… You’ve to make youth living in the fields, not in their house in front of a computer… When a young boy or a young girl wears his uniform, we don’t care about his “civilian life”…

    1. I’m sorry that you feel that way, I believe that any activity that meets the very first aim of Scouting:

      “The aim of scouting is to promote the development of young people in achieving their full physical,
      intellectual, social and spiritual potential, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as
      members of their local, national and international communities.”

      Scouting is not just about physical, Minecraft provides an excellent intellectual and social opportunity for young people and through wonderful organisations like Scoutlink (who have their own Minecraft Server) allows scouts to connect and create connections and friendships with other scouts all round the world.

      In your scout troop you may not care about their “civilian life”, however we feel quite the opposite in our scout troop, we feel that we should provide a wealth of different experiences through scouting, that meets the needs of all scouts, and they all bring unique strengths from their personal lives into those experiences to enhance the experience for all.

  21. Hi! I’m in France and interested with those badges. But if I use the Paypal button here, I can’t see the postage cost !
    For a pack or two, how much is it ? Many thanks !
    Pascal, French Scout Leader and Scout’s Minecrafter father !

    1. If you buy 30 badges or more in total (of any combination) then there is free postage, however if you wish to buy less than that, let me know what you would like by email and I can send you a custom PayPal invoice instead.

      1. Hi ! I will buy 30 badges (10 of each colour) so I think that you will see that it’s a single order ?
        Thanks !

        1. Hi Pascal,

          Sorry for the delay, yes, even if you put them through as three separate orders I will know to despatch them as one order. Have your badges arrived ok?

  22. Hi, I ran a Beaver evening based on minecraft about 8months ago, they were split into 4 groups, firstly they had to build a shelter by collecting wooden blocks from a man made forest which I built in the middle of the hut then construct the shelter with collected blocks. Secondly collect food, by going through a maze and acquiring wheat, pigs, chickens or cows. Third was rescue the villagers, hidden round the hut were villagers, zombies, skeletons, creepers, spiders and endermen. Fourth was construct a pick axe. And finally the quest for hunt the daimiond, where they had to enter a pitch black room following a rope to find the diamond. If you could produce a beaver version that would be great! :-). They went away with a great understanding of the game and after I showed them the things you can build and other beavers had told them there stories well enough said. :-). Ive got a daughter who’s a cub and she is capable of achieving the explorer badge ‘bar having her own account’

    Love your idea.

    Jon

  23. Hi Richard, I’ve just done a buy now for 30 badges using the link above. I read the question above re: post to New Zealand (23/7/14) saying an order of 30 or more badges would include post to NZ. Does this still apply? I understand if it doesn’t as I know that post costs can go up. Please let me know so I can sort payment if necessary. Also, did my delivery address come through with payment advice? Thank you, Trudy

          1. Excellent – glad you like them! This batch I used a different shade of red around the edge so its a better colour match I hope!

  24. Hi Richard,
    I mentioned this to my Cubs last week during their Pack Forum thinking a few of the boys would like to complete it at home, and got the entire pack wanting to complete it as part of the programme! What a great idea!

    Is there any possibility of any more Cub versions of the badge being made?

    We’re thinking of having a Minecraft Sleepover and it would be great to give them all a badge to go home with.

    Thanks πŸ™‚

  25. I have just received my minecrafter badges and my son LOVES THEM but during shipping the badges piled up in one corner and was above the maximum thickness and then I had to pay an extra Β£1.50 in order to get the badges! Not very happy but my son is!

    I have photos if you want it.

  26. This is great!! I have ordered some badges… I am a beaver leader and a mum to a beaver and my son has completed all of the criteria for all levels, including the explorer criteria!! He will be so excited to get a minecraft badge!! What a wonderful idea! Thank you so much and I am really looking forward to getting them!

  27. Hi, I have only purchased 1 set of 5 Minecraft badges but have just had another 5 delivered. I am happy to send these back to you as I only ordered one set. I couldnt find any contact details for you. Please get in touch. Thank you πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Jen, Please do keep them with my regards – I had a whole batch that seemed to go missing from a local post box so I re-sent all the ones that week just to be on the safe side! Thank you, and enjoy!

  28. By Looking at the comments I take it these badges still available. as a new ADC would like to run a Minecraft event as this is something the Cubs have asked for.

  29. Hi! Just wondering roughly how long these will take to be shipped? Ordered 10 last week. Just to give my Cubs an idea of how long they will take to arrive. Thank you!

    1. Hi Joanne, Sorry – I’ve been making them as fast as I can – there was a huge flurry of orders from the USA for the same badge, so much so that I ran out of stock. Your order will be despatched later today.

  30. I just got my shipment of minecraft badges. BUT the envelope was ripped open and there were only 2 badges in the envelope. It looks like it was caught in a machine. If you want me to send a pciture I can. I would wrap them in paper when mailing in a envelope. Can you send 3 more? Email me if you want a picture.

  31. I have had these for both my Cub pack, and they went wild over them. Many thanks. My question now is can you make any Cubs and Explorer Pokemon Go badges for me

  32. Hi Richard,

    I just ordered a batch of badges to give to our beavers for participating in the Minecraft-themed summer camp. Thank you so much for making these, we weren’t expecting to find such perfect badges for our purpose! I did however fail to notice that you ask extra postage for shipments abroad, and I only ordered 15 badges… Sorry! I’ll be happy to pay the postage to the Netherlands if you send me another invoice.

  33. Do you have any idea when you are likely to restock the Cubs Minecrafter badge? I’ve been waiting since July, but I don’t see your stock levels changing. Thx

    1. They are not on eBay, sorry – only on my website. Just scroll down this post that you commented on and there are the add to basket buttons that then does a PayPal checkout.

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