Fire Starter Badge?

We are endeavouring to get all our Scouts and Explorer Scouts into the spirit of survival in the outdoors, similar to the survival skills demonstrated by Chief Scout Bear Grylls on his TV series. With this in mind, we think that there should be a badge specifically for lighting fires, as opposed to the current badges that deal in the most part with cooking on them, as opposed to how they are lit.

We like to think of it as a Fire Starter badge.

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Proposed Fire Starter Badge Criteria

1. Must be able to start a fire from only materials gathered from nature on a hillside or countryside environment (no man-made materials like paper or wool etc) in dry conditions with any three of the following:

a. A single match

b. Flint and Steel

c. A bow drill

d. Magnifying glass

e. Rubbing stick

f. Tinder box

2. Must be able to start a fire from only materials gathered from nature on a hillside or countryside environment (no man-made materials like paper or wool etc) in wet conditions with any two of the following:

a. A single match

b. Flint and Steel

c. A bow drill

d. Magnifying glass

e. Rubbing stick

f. Tinder box

Skateboarding badge?

I’ve been thinking about what other scouting activity badges there really should be, and one area that our scouts all claim is completely lacking is Skateboarding.

I am planning to commission a new custom activity badge called, un-surprisingly the Skateboarding badge!

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The real decision is whether the badge should have the word Skateboarding on it or not…? Opinions please!

 

Proposed Badge Criteria

To obtain this badge, scouts must be able to:

1. Demonstrate that they can maintain their balance whilst Skateboarding.

2. Understand and explain the risks of skateboarding on a pavement both to the skateboarder and other pavement users.

3. Demonstrate an “Ollie” up on to a surface that is 4 inches or more in height difference from their current skateboarding surface.

4. Perform any two of the following “tricks” successfully:

  • Ollie (Bunny Hop)
  • Kick Flip
  • Heel Flip
  • 180 degrees
  • Shove-it
  • Grind

5. Explain what safety equipment worn whilst they are skateboarding and how it keeps them safe.