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To earn this Challenge you should take part in three different activities, each on a separate occasion. Examples of suitable activities are detailed below. You should treat these as guidelines, rather than a complete list. The three activities may be from any one section, or any combination of sections. There is no requirement for you to complete an activity from each section.

Have knowledge of the safety issues involved and the use of any equipment needed for the activity. Need three tick, one per activity.




Show an awareness of the environmental issues around the activity (such as erosion at popular climbing areas). Need three tick, one per activity.




Know about further opportunities to take part in the activities chosen. Need three tick, one per activity.




Area 1 – General Activities:
Climbing, Hill walking, Hiking, Spending a day exploring a town they don't know, at home or abroad, Orienteering, Planning and going on a journey by public transport of at least 40 kilometres, Caving or potholing, Pony trekking or horse riding, Cycling

Area 2 – Water Activities:
Sailing, Canoeing, Water-skiing, Surfing, Dragon boating, Bellboating, Sub-aqua, Canal boating, Rafting, Pulling

Area 3 – Air Activities:
Gliding, Paragliding, Powered aircraft, Hot-air ballooning, Hovercrafting, Kiting


To achieve this Award, you need to complete activities in these two areas:

Examples are provided below, but other activities can also be included

Area 1 - Make International Contact

Make contact with Scouts from a country outside the UK

This can be done a number of ways, for example through a residential experience, the Internet, pen pals, JOTA or JOTI. The Scout must then take part in an activity with their Patrol or Troop. This activity must be based on what the Scout has found out from their international contact. The activity might take place at a residential experience or during a Troop meeting. It might directly involve Scouts from another country, or might be after their contact.


Area 2 - International Issues

For this area you must choose two issues. Issues might include:





Water and sanitation












Animal welfare




You must:

complete a series of activities to help them understand the issues involved


take some action as a result


compare how the issues affect the UK and countries overseas.



You should take an active part in a residential experience, preferably camping, for at least two nights. During the event, they should take part in many of the following activities:
(This list gives an idea of the type and style of the activities that the residential experience should include. Depending on the activity, there may be extra ideas that could be included, which can be discussed in the Troop Forum)

help to pitch and strike a tent


light a fire and cook at least one meal on it


set up a suitable stove and cook a meal on it


demonstrate personal hygiene


keep all belongings organised & tidy within the accommodation


maintain a tidy and orderly site


take part in a wide game


take part in a campfire or other entertainment


build a simple pioneering project


build a useful camp gadget


explore the environment of the camp


with others, successfully complete a two-hour activity or project


provide a service commitment to the site for about an hour


In addition to the above, you will need to demonstrate basic emergency aid skills when on a residential experience:

understand the initial actions to take in the event of an accident


understand the importance of getting adult help and when to call the emergency services


know how to treat minor cuts, burns, scalds, stings & insect bites.


Outdoor Plus

Hold the Outdoor Challenge


Have spent at least 8 nights away as a Scout, 4 of which must be camping


Take an active part in a further camp of at least two nights, which should include many of the following:

(This list gives an idea of the type and style of the activities that the residential experience should include. Depending on the activity, there may be extra ideas that could be included, which can be discussed in the Troop Forum)

lead a group of Scouts in the setting up of a well-organised site that includes sleeping tents, food & equipment stores, fire/stove, kitchen & eating area


plan a balanced menu for a short camp


show how to use an axe or a saw or both safely


lead the cooking of a meal for the group


show knowledge of the safety precautions for the correct use of lamps and stoves


cook a backwoods meal with the group


build a working camp gadget, such as an altar fire, camp oven or gateway to a campsite


take a leading role in a pioneering project


build a bivouac and sleep in it


You will also need to demonstrate knowledge of emergency aid for the outdoors:

demonstrate mouth-to-mouth resuscitation using a simulator


know how and when to put a patient in the recovery position


know how to recognise and treat fractures and severe bleeding


know how to use direct pressure to stop bleeding


demonstrate an awareness of the dangers of temperature extremes, such as sunstroke, dehydration, heat exhaustion and hypothermia, and know how to prevent and treat them



To complete the Expedition Challenge you have to:

Take part in an expedition over two days (including one night) with at least three friends, after relevant training and preparation has been completed. During the expedition, you should do the following:

stay overnight at a hostel or other suitable venue, or camp overnight at a suitable site


cook the evening meal and breakfast


journey for at least four hours each day


use a map and compass to keep track of where they are


achieve at least one goal, agreed with the Leader before the expedition.


The expedition may be on foot, canoe, cycle or sailing boat. Other options may be appropriate, and you should discuss them with the Scouts involved and the team supporting the expedition.


To complete the Fitness Challenge you need to choose a physical challenge, which they have either not attempted before, or which builds on an earlier achievement. The challenge should be agreed with a Leader.

The challenge can be anything from an athletic event, a charity swim, a long distance cycle ride, a pool life-saving test or a long distance challenge hike. The Scout should be encouraged to consider a variety of activities/interests in their choice for this challenge.

To complete the Challenge, you will need to:

spend between four and six weeks preparing for the event, through an agreed exercise programme.


show during this period an understanding of the importance of a sensible and appropriate diet, and the need for sufficient sleep


keep a record of their progress during this time


be able to explain the dangers and harmful effects of smoking, alcohol and drugs.



To achieve this Award, you need to complete activities in two areas. Examples are provided below, but other activities can also be included.

Area 1 - Exploring the Local Community

Explore one aspect of how the local community works and is organised to the benefit of its members. The project should include some initial fact-finding, a visit to or from a community facility or group, and some form of report back.

Eg: visits to see the workings of a theatre, tourist attraction, railway station, airport, local industry; meeting people involved in local government, charities, faith groups; learning about and taking part in community traditions or customs, local clubs and interest groups.


Area 2 - Community Service

Take an active part in some form of local community service totalling at least six hours. The time may be spent doing a number of different projects or by showing commitment to a single project over a longer period of time.

Eg: running a fund-raising stall or game, delivering leaflets, clearing an area, gardening, collecting materials for recycling, helping with activities for younger children, moving furniture, clearing debris, painting fences, or environmental projects



To achieve the Creative Challenge, you must complete the activities from 3 of the 6 following areas.

Area One - Performing

Take part in an entertainment in front of an audience Eg: short play, series of sketches, magic tricks, singing, playing a musical instrument, Scout Show, dance, or puppet show


Area Two - Crafts

Have a go at some creative crafts eg: glass painting, macramé, art-straws, leatherwork, photography, sweetmaking, decorative knotting, or candlemaking


Area Three - Promotions

Promote local Scouting Eg: newsletter, poster, video, website, audio broadcast, or display


Area Four - Problem Solving

Take an active part in activities requiring a number of problem-solving skills, effective teamwork and creative thinking Eg: incident hikes or timed challenges, mental, physical or skill.


Area Five - Construction

Make something using a construction kit Eg: model aircraft, 3D jigsaw, model pioneering project etc


Area Six - Worship

Take a leading role in preparing and participating in an act of worship or Scouts' Own Eg: selecting readings, writing prayers and exploring beliefs. This may involve all the Scouts from the Troop at a residential experience or event



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