About the National Scout Section Award Scheme
The Scout Award Scheme provides the main focus for Patrol and Troop activities and gives suitable recognition to Scouts for achievement. Following a Scout’s Investiture, they complete the Scoutcraft Badge and then may earn Targets to become a Pioneer, Explorer and Adventurer Scout. Target requirements provide for going places and doing the adventurous, appealing things that Scouts enjoy, including camping, hiking, exploring, swimming, boating, track and field, fitness activities, and environment projects and practices, usually in the company of the Patrol or other Scouts.
Scout Craft Badge
This is usually the first badge to be gained and awarded in the Scout Section.
The training and testing is carried out jointly by the Patrol Leader and Scout Leader.
...more about the Scout Craft Badge
The aim of the Scoutcraft Badge is to:
- Facilitate the young person’s entry into the Scout Troop;
- Reinforce or teach basic Scouting skills;
- Provide early recognition; and
- Encourage further participation in the Scout Award Scheme .
The basic requirements are:
- Learn and demonstrate different knots with your Patrol.
- Describe the Australian flag and how to use it.
- First Aid knowledge.
- Know and demonstrate safety with camping tools.
- Knowledge of Patrol system.
The Scoutcraft Badge is generally gained within four to six weeks of a new Scout joining the Troop or completed as a part of the linking process for a Cub Scout and is presented upon entry/re-affirmation/investiture to the Troop.
There are three levels of Target Badges.
- The Pioneer Badge (Red) concentrates on participation and learning.
- The Explorer Badge (Blue) concentrates on knowledge and skill.
- The Adventurer Badge (Green) concentrates on instructing others.
To achieve the Pioneer, Explorer or Adventurer Badge, the Scout must complete the two compulsory Camp Craft and Citizenship Target badges, plus one of the six elective Pioneer Target badges at each level.
...more about the eight Target Badges.
There are eight Target Badges which are designed to ensure personal growth and development as Scouts progress towards the Australian Scout Medallion. Scouts can start at a level that they feel is suitable to their skills and experience.
The Target activities provide the main source of material for the Scout program. While the results of the activities lead to individual recognition and the awarding of Target Badges, the qualifications in general are earned by the Scout in the company of their Patrol or with other Scouts. Target Badge requirements provide for going places and doing the adventurous and appealing things that young people enjoy. The emphasis is on the practical and active aspects of a topic.
The aim of the Target Badge scheme is to:
- Encourage participation;
- Appeal to youth members at all stages of development;
- Develop basic skills;
- Encourage activities which are effective in achieving the educational outcomes of the Scout Section.
The Scout Award Scheme is structured in three levels – Pioneer, Explorer and Adventurer. There are eight Target badges at each level – two compulsory (Campcraft and Citizenship) and six electives (Air Activities, Construction, Environment, Emergencies, Water Activities and Water Safety).
The Pioneer Target badges have a red background and boarder, the Explorer Target badges have a blue background and border, while Adventurer Target badges have a green background and border.
- The Pioneer Badge (Red) concentrates on participation and learning. To gain the Pioneer Badge the Scout must complete the two compulsory Pioneer Target badges plus one elective Pioneer Target badge. These are earned through undertaking new experiences and participating in practical and adventurous activities.
- The Explorer Badge (Blue) concentrates on knowledge and skill. To gain the Explorer Badge the Scout must complete the two compulsory Explorer Target badges plus one elective Explorer Target badge. These are earned through helping the Patrol Leader and assisting other Scouts to pass their Pioneer Target badges through doing practical and challenging activities.
- The Adventurer Badge (Green) concentrates on instructing others. To gain the Adventurer Badge the Scout must complete the two compulsory Adventurer Target badges plus one elective Explorer Target badge. These are earned through teaching and testing other Scouts Pioneer Badge skills by using the knowledge and skills gained so far.
Scout Leadership Course
The Scout Leadership Course aims to provide suitable leadership skills for Scouts, utilising a practical “hands on” approach.
This course is organised and run in line with the Patrol System, and can be undertaken on completion of the Pioneer Badge Target Badge.
...more about the Scout Leadership Course
About the Scout Leadership Course
The Scout Leadership Course is an Award Scheme course designed for Scouts who have completed their Pioneer Badge. It has content suitable for 12 and 13 year old Scouts who are keen to develop their leadership skills. The course has a practical “hands-on” approach and is organised around the Patrol System.
Upon completion of this course, the Scout is awarded the Scout Leadership Course Badge by the Course Leader. This badge is a rectangular uniform badge worn on the right shoulder, aligned with the seam of the Scout shirt. It is designed to match the Scoutcraft badge worn on the left shoulder. After reporting back to their Troop, the participant’s Troop Council can request that the Course Certificate is presented.
The course presents the following 12 sessions:
- Speaking and Listening
- Self Discipline
- Solutions and Decisions
- Patrol Activities
- Patrol Camps
- The Role of the PL and APL
- The Patrol System
- Patrol in Council
- The Troop Council
- Bullying and other Issues
- Rules and Regulations
- Courses can be run at a Troop, District or Region Level, by any Leader who feels confident enough to implement the delivery of the course outcomes.
- There is about 12 hours of deliverable content and many different ways to delivery the content. The activities are suggestions only. As long as the course delivers the course outcomes, session presenters have freedom to run their own activity.
- This is the Basic Leadership Course, designed for Scouts who have just completed their Pioneer Badge and wish to learn more about becoming a Patrol Leader and leading in their Troop. There is a new Advanced Leadership Course which is directed more towards the older Scout age range and focuses on leadership skills and decision making.
- The recommended structure for the course is around a weekend camp where the participants camp in Patrols, under canvas. However, it is also suitable to run as an indoor residential or non-residential course over a single weekend or over three evenings.
- The course follows the Scouts Australia National Award Scheme Scout Leadership Course requirements. As such, it is the course that is recognised to gain the Scout Leadership Course, a requirement of the Australian Scout Medallion.
The aim of the Proficiency Badge system is to allow the Scout to develop in a challenging and interesting pursuit. To achieve a Proficiency Badge the Scout must fulfil requirements set in conjunction with their Adviser and which include the three elements of demonstrate/investigate, skill and an activity.
Two Proficiency Badges must be earned at each level – Pioneer, Explorer, Adventurer – in order to earn the Cord for that level. A Proficiency Badge requires at least ten hours of participation or effort.
...view the 31 Proficiency Badges.
Special Interest Badges
There are nine other badges that may be worn:
- Four may be used as Proficiency Badges: ‘Amateur Radio Operator Badge’, ‘Deaf Sign Language Badge‘, ‘Faith Awareness Badge‘, ‘Language Emblem‘.
- Three may be used as Target Badges: ‘First Aid Badge‘, ‘Landcare Badge‘, ‘World Scout Environment Badge‘.
- ‘Their Service Our Heritage Badge‘ is a participation badge which may be worn by both adult and youth Members.
Patrol Activity Badges
A Scout is required to earn one Patrol Activity Badge for each of the Target levels in order to earn their Cord for that level. Patrols decide on their own activity to be undertaken as a group.
The Troop Council sets the standards for the activity and decides when the Patrol Activity has been achieved.
Walkabout and Camper Awards
Camper Award: The Camper Award Badge shows the number of nights spent camping while on approved Scouting activities (School camps and family holidays don’t count.)
Walk About Badge: The Walkabout Award Badge is earned for the total kilometres travelled under human power through a youth’s time in Scouting. Journeys taken in a canoe, kayak, skis or a bicycle are divided by 2 to calculate the distance to add to a Scouts distance history. The minimum distance covered in any one journey for a Scout must be 5km equivalent hiking distance.
Keeping Track: Each Scout should commence and maintain their own personal log which starts when they first enter Scouting (Joey, Cub, Scout, etc) and is an ongoing tally through the sections. Only one badge of each type is worn at any time until the maximum award is reach then they can be added side-by-side to show the total nights/distance earned.
Approval to Award: Approval to award a Scout with their next achievement badges is with the Troop Council.
To earn the Pioneer Cord (Red) the Scout must complete the Pioneer Badge, two Proficiency Badges and one Patrol Activity Badge.
To earn the Explorer Cord (Blue) the Scout must complete the Explorer Badge, two Proficiency Badges (making a total of four Proficiency Badges), and one Patrol Activity Badge (making a total of two Patrol Activity Badges).
To earn the Adventurer Cord (Green) the Scout must complete the Adventurer Badge, two Proficiency Badges (making a total of six Proficiency Badges), and one Patrol Activity Badge (making a total of three Patrol Activity Badges)
Adventurer Level Journey
Recently, the State Scout Mindari, with advice and support from the State Scout Youth Council (SSYC), completed revisions on how to support the Adventurer Journey. On this page we have outlined the revised process to obtain this Award element along with support documents for the Scout, Troop Council, Scout Leader and Journey Advisor.
These documents support the “Youth Leading, Adult Supporting” model of Scouting and set the new process for the Adventure Level Journey in NSW.
This activity requires a Scout to show significant personal development while demonstrating an active leadership role. This involves the planning and organisation of an activity or event that covers a minimum of one full day or overnight.
Recently, the State Scout Mindari, with advice and support from the State Scout Youth Council (SSYC), completed revisions on how to support the Australian Scout Medallion. On this page we have outlined the revised process to obtain this Award along with support documents for the Scout, Troop Council and Scout Leader.
These documents support the “Youth Leading, Adult Supporting” model of Scouting and set the new process for the Australian Scout Medallion in NSW.
To start your Leadership Activity, download the NSW Leadership Activity Application, complete the details and make time to have your Leadership Activity reviewed by your Troop Council.
When you have completed your Leadership Activity as well as attending a Leadership Course and completed your Adventure Level Journey, you can apply for your Australian Scout Medallion Award.
Australian Scout Medallion
The Australian Scout Medallion is the highest award in the Scout Section. It is considered the pinnacle of your Scouting at this stage and is a milestone in your Scouting life.
There are there essential components to achieve this Award:
- Participate in a Scout Leadership Course.at any time after completion of your Pioneer Badge
- Been awarded an Adventurer Level Cord with specific reference to the Adventurer Level Journey
- Demonstrate an active leadership role in Scouting through a Leadership Activity
When all three components are complete, download the NSW Australian Scout Medallion Nomination of Achievement form, complete the details and forward the Achievement form as directed. If you are a Pioneer Group, please use the NSW Pioneer Group – Australian Scout Medallion Nomination of Achievement form.
In NSW this Award Process is managed within each Region by the Troop Council.
Upon completion on your ASM, your badge will be forwarded to your Regional Commissioner Scouts who will organise an appropriate time and place with yourself and your Troop Council for a presentation. Your Medallion and Certificate will be presented at a State Presentation normally by the Chief Commissioner. These presentations generally happen in March and August each year.
Australian Scout Medallion Presentations
Where will my Australian Scout Medallion be presented?
Because it is such a special award, your Australian Scout Medallion Badge will usually be presented to you by your Regional Commissioner, Scouts at a place of significance to you. The Presentation will be coordinated between you and your Regional Commissioner, Scouts.
Who’s invited to my presentation?
As this is a most special occasion, you can invite almost anyone you wish – discuss this with your Scout Leader – who will be planning the celebration side of your presentation.
When will I get my Australian Scout Medallion and Certificate?
Your Medallion and Certificate will be presented to you by the Chief Commissioner of NSW at a special ceremony usually held in March and August each year. You will receive an invitation to this event along with an invitation to bring along some guests to share this special time.
Venturer Scout Link Badge
The Venturer Scout Link Badge links Scouts to the Venturer Scout Section and is the next step in the Scouting journey.