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Requirements for badges - 1st Gretna Green Scouts

1st Gretna Green







Pioneer Level

Voyageur Level Badges

Pathfinder Level Badges

Receive epaulettes upon completion of investiture.

  • Citizenship Badge
  • Leadership Badge
  • Personal Development Badge
  • Outdoor Skills Badge

NOTE: Voyageur Award insignia upon completion of all requirements.

  • Citizenship Badge
  • Leadership Badge
  • Personal Development Badge
  • Outdoor Skills Badge

NOTE: Pathfinder Award insignia upon completion of all requirements.






Home & Family

Personal Development

Science & Technology


Culture & Society

-Team Sport

-Individual Sport

-Winter Sport

-Water Sport




-Winter Scouting


-White Water

-Water Tripping



-Advanced Tripping


- Home Repair



-Family Care

-Pet Care


- Collector


-Language Strip

-Life Saving

-Individual Specialty

-Troop Speciality

-First Aid

- Computer



- Naturalist


-Fish & Wildlife

-Soil/Water Management





-Literary Arts

-Performing Arts






-Special Needs Awareness

-Cultural Awareness






LEVEL 1 - Any "6" Challenge Badges from at least "2" categories.

LEVEL 2 - Any "10" Challenge Badges from at least "4" categories.

LEVEL 3 - Any "14" challenge Badges from at least "6" categories.

  • Year Round Camper
  • Religion in Life
  • World Conservation
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Chief Scout





Requirements for Investiture

To qualify as a Pioneer Scout:

  • Know and understand the Scout Promise and Law.
  • Know and understand the Scout Motto and Slogan.
  • Know and understand the Scout Handshake, Salute and Sign, and the reasons Scouts use them.
  • Participate in one Troop activity, preferably outdoors.

NOTE: The training and testing of these requirements is to be carried out by youth members of the Troop, preferably the Patrol Leader.

Requirements for the Voyageur Award

To qualify as a Voyageur Scout:

  • Successfully complete the Pioneer Scout requirements and be invested as a Scout.
  • Complete the requirements in each of the following Activity Areas, Citizenship, Leadership, Personal Development and Outdoor Skills at the Voyageur level.
  • Earn four (4) Challenge Badges of your choice from at least 2 different Challenge Badge categories.
  • Earn either the Spring or Fall section of the Year Round Camping Award.

Requirements for the Pathfinder Award

To qualify as a Pathfinder Scout:

  • Successfully complete the Voyageur Scout requirements.
  • Complete the advanced requirements in each of the following Activity Areas: Citizenship, Leadership, Personal Development, Outdoor Skills at the Pathfinder level.
  • Earn six (6) more Challenge Badges from at least four (4) Challenge Badge catagories in addition to the four (4) badges previously earned in the Voyageur Award. (10 in total)
  • Complete the Year Round Camping Award.




Requirements for Chief Scout's Award

  • Have earned the Pathfinder award.
  • Be currently qualified in Standard First Aid.
  • Have earned at least one challenge badge in each of the 7 Challenge Badge Categories: Athletics, Outdoors, Science & Technology, Home & Family, Personal Development, Culture & Society, Personal Fitness.
  • Hold the World Conservation badge.
  • Investigate Scouts Canada's involvement in World Scouting. Present your findings in an interesting way to your Patrol, Troop, or other group. Your presentation should include information on the following:
    • a)Scouts Canada's involvement with:
      • The Canadian Scout Brotherhood Fund
      • World Jamborees
      • The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM)
    • b)The purpose and location of the World Scouting Bureau
    • c)The current World Scouting membership and how Canada's membership compares to that of other countries.
  • Develop yourself further in each Activity Area by:
    • a)Designing a challenging program with a Scouter which includes the requirement to excel in a component of each Activity Area (Citizenship, Leadership, Personal Development, and Outdoor Skills). Citizenship must include providing at least 30 hours of leadership to others. These hours are in addition to the hours required for the Citizenship Activity Area. If at all possible, provide this service outside of Scouting.
    • b)Offering your plans and goals for discussion and approval to your Court of Honour and Troop Scouter prior to beginning.
    • c)Reporting to and being evaluated by the Court of Honour and Troop Scouter on your ongoing progress.















Citizenship- Voyageur Award

    • Contribute to your community by actively participating in three different community projects e.g. Terry Fox run, school crossing monitor, community food banks,etc.
    • Describe what to do at the scene of an emergency, including how to report fires, accidents or crimes using the "911" service or other emergency service used in your community.
    • Demonstrate a knowledge of your community by being able to give simple directions. e.g. major features of the community such as police station, hospital, shopping centre, sports facilities...
    • Choose one of the local public services and meet with a representative to learn how this service functions within the community. e.g. fire department, police service, ambulance, engineering department...
    • Describe your provincial or territorial symbols and emblems e.g. provincial flowers, birds, flags... ( sketches or pictures should be used in your presentation)
    • Demonstrate the correct care and use of the Canadian Flag while participating in a flag ceremony.
    • Describe verbally and/or with the use of diagrams the following flags:
      • Canada's flag
      • Scout section flag
      • your provincial or territorial flag
    • Creatively demonstrate your knowledge of the History of Scouting as described in the Canadian Scout Handbook.

Leadership- Voyageur Award

    • Show your ability to be a contributing member of a small group (Patrol) and a larger group (Troop) by participating in planning a portion of Troop activity which meets a Voyageur level requirement of the OUTDOOR program.
    • Discuss the difference between a "boss" and a "leader" with your Court of Honour or Patrol in Council. Provide examples of each style through role play with your Patrol members.
    • Select a person who has a leadership role in your community. Discuss and evaluate their methods. Then, in your own words, explain what makes them a good leader.
      some suggestions and examples are.. coaches, Scout leaders, teachers, service club members, etc.
    • Describe the roles and responsibilities of the Patrol leader, Ass't Patrol Leader, Activity Leader and Scout leader.
    • Help plan a skills or activity session for the troop and evaluate how the session went.
    • Discuss the function and purpose of the Court of Honour and Patrol in Council.
    • Develop and practice a home fire plan with your family. Discuss the successes and identify the short comings of your plan.

Personal Development- Voyageur Award


    • Lead an opening or closing spiritual activity in a troop setting, e.g. readings, prayer, grace...
    • Participate in the planning and conducting of a Scout's Own.
    • Attend the faith service of your choice and/or participate in Troop Scout's Own.


    • Record ways that you have used the Scout Promise and Law in your daily living, THEN
    • Discuss with your Troop Scouter and members of your patrol what you have done over a one week period.
    • Demonstrate the effects of peer pressure. Describe how peer pressure effects you.
    • participate in a discussion about the effects of alcohol, tobacco and drugs.


    • Explain the importance of goal setting.
    • Demonstrate setting personal goals including the steps that will be required in order to achieve your goal.
    • Discuss your goals with your Scout leader and family.


    • Show that you understand the following aspects of personal health and hygiene, as they pertain to a camping environment:

1.      care of skin, hair and nails

2.      care of eyes, ears and teeth

3.      proper amount of sleep

4.      function of the main organs of the body

5.      care of allergies.

    • Understand general public health measures which include water treatment and immunization.
    • Explain the value of exercise.
    • Participate in and show ability in an individual or team sport.
    • Demonstrate basic fitness level in five different exercise areas:

0.      push-ups (5)

1.      shuttle run (14 sec.)

2.      partial curl-ups (17)

3.      standing long jump (1.35 m)

4.      50m run (10 sec.)

5.      endurance run (1600 m 10 min, 15 sec)


    • Show successful participation in an appropriate Physical Fitness program.

Outdoor Skills- Voyageur Award

With members of your patrol and/or Troop participate in the following outdoor activities:

    • Camp outdoors for a minimum of six (6) nights. (2 nights must be consecutive)
    • Participate in two (2) hikes/outings of approximately 6 hours duration each. One will have an overnight stay in the outdoors (one of these may be included in the camps detailed above).
    • Demonstrate your knowledge of weather conditions and the hazards that can be encountered including knowledge of the causes, symptoms, signs, prevention and treatment of the following:
      • hypothermia
      • hyperthermia
      • frostbite
      • sunburn/sunstroke
      • dehydration.
    • Demonstrate your knowledge of environmental conditions and the hazards that can be encountered when in the outdoors by:
      • a) Describing the dangers of severe storms and how to protect yourself during a lightning or hail storm or tornado etc.
      • b) Describe how to deal with biting and stinging insects when outdoors.
        e.g. What colours attract insects, what clothing to wear, how to handle allergic reactions etc.
      • c) Describe what dangers can be encountered from wild animals when outdoors. Give examples of how dangerous encounters can be minimized.
        e.g. give examples of how you would react in the presence of a mother bear and her cub
      • d) Research what poisonous wild plants may be encountered in areas where your patrol camps. Describe the first aid treatment for one of them.
    • Prepare a list of basic personal equipment you require for an overnight camp. Know about its uses and maintenance.
    • Discuss the rules and procedures your troop uses to prevent getting lost or separated from the group. Describe what you would do should you become lost or separated from your patrol.
    • Prepare a personal emergency kit. Describe the contents and purpose of each item.
    • Demonstrate the safe use of your troop equipment, eg. Knives, axes, saws, stoves and lanterns.
    • Demonstrate your knowledge of maps, both road and topographical, and compass.
      1. know the 16 points of a compass amd their corresponding degrees
      2. know basic map symbols
      3. know how to take and follow compass bearings.
    • After exploring the potential impact of outdoor activities on the environment, develop your own "Environmental Code". Share your ideas with your Patrol/Troop.
    • Participate for at least a day in an Environmental Project of your choosing.
    • Demonstrate the ability to lay, light and safely extinguish a fire leaving no trace.
    • Cook a simple outdoor meal.
    • Demonstrate how to ensure safe drinking water.
    • Demonstrate safe campsite layout paying particular interest to fuel, equipment and food storage and fire safety.
    • Demonstrate the ability to use 5 common knots and describe their correct use.
      eg. Reef knot, locking bowline, clove hitch, sheetbend, round turn and 2 half hitches, woven figure 8 bend, etc.










Citizenship - Pathfinder Award

    • Identify the following flags: the United Nations, World Scout, Canadian Provinces and Territories.
    • With other members of your patrol meet with a member of Local Government or the Legal System. Discuss with this person their responsibilities and the workings of their system.
    • Explain the following to show that you understand how the Government of Canada works: the roles of the Queen, Governor General, and Lieutenant Governors; the general functions or powers of federal, provincial and local governments; the role of civil servants and the role of political parties.
    • Meet with a member of a local service club and discuss their role in the community.
    • Know how to do the following in your community:
      1. report damage or need for repairs to roads and bridges
      2. report damage to electrical power, sewer mains, water supply systems
      3. report a spill of hazardous material
      4. obtain a building permit for a house or garage
      5. report suspected water contamination to the Local Health Authority.
    • With members of your patrol; visit a historic site and explain its importance in Canada's history,


    • Visit an industrial plant, business or educational centre and during your visit, find out about the types of jobs or careers that are available,


    • Report on the history, growth and present role of one of the following: Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canadian Armed Forces, Supreme Court of Canada.
    • Actively participate in five community projects of which at least two are different from the choices made at the Voyageur level.
    • Communicate and explore local Scouting activities with a Scout from another area or culture. e.g. face to face, letter, fax, ham radio, e-mail...

Leadership- Pathfinder Award

    • Research a local or world leader. Lead a ten minute discussion about this leader, including the leadership role they played, to your patrol or troop.
    • Plan and participate in leading an all day outdoor activity for your patrol. Evaluate the event with your Patrol at the end of the activity.
    • Using a Patrol in Council, plan and conduct a troop camping trip of at least forty-eight hours. A detailed plan will be developed showing the steps necessary to have a successful venture. Evaluate the event with your Patrol at the end of the activity.
    • Teach a basic level skill to a Scout working at the Pioneer or Voyager level skills. At the end of your activity the Scout must successfully demonstrate good knowledge of the subject.
    • Provide a leadership role to another group (Cubs, church, sports etc). Discuss your experience with your Patrol leader and/or Scouter.

Personal Development- Pathfinder Award


    • Understand the role of your religion, spiritual belief and/or church in your life. Discuss your beliefs with the faith leader of your choice. (Religion-in-Life at appropriate level.)
    • Prepare and perform a leading role in a "Scouts Own".


    • Explore the area of social interaction with others. Subjects such as dating, behaviour in public, sexually transmitted diseases, and abusive behaviours could be included.
    • Know and demonstrate good personal grooming habits.
    • Explore at least 2 issues of public health, ie. contagious disease, blood supply, Medicare, AIDS etc.
    • Explore at least 2 issues of public safety and security, (ie. Neighbourhood Watch, Block Parents, swarming, the homeless, public facility safety, safety inspectors, etc.)
    • Research and report on effects of alcohol, tobacco and drugs.


    • Review your goals made for the Voyageur level and:
      1. evaluate your progress towards goals set in the Voyageur level
      2. set new goals based on your progress in the Voyageur level.

Personal Development- Pathfinder Award


    • Demonstrate knowledge of emergency treatment and First Aid by qualifying at the St. John's "Emergency First Aid" level or the Red Cross "Emergency level",


    • By demonstration, discussion or participation show good knowledge of the following:
      1. how to treat Shock and Choking.
      2. demonstrate not less than 5 bandaging techniques using triangular bandages. At least one method of stabilizing fractures must be demonstrated.
      3. the meaning of First Aid and the management of a case.
      4. the types of wounds and dangers of infections.
      5. the general rules for treating wounds that are bleeding; fractures; and poisons.
      6. how to control bleeding.
      7. how to make a stretcher and splints from items found at the site of an accident.
      8. how to treat an arm for a cut, burn and scald.
      9. C.P.R.

NOTE: Training must be delivered by a qualified instructor.

Outdoor Skills- Pathfinder Award

With members of your patrol and/or Troop, participate in the following outdoor activities and demonstrate advanced skills and abilities. Be able to use equipment with little or no supervision.

  • Camp outdoors for a minimum of six (6) nights, not including those done for the Voyageur Award. Must include at least two 2 night, or one 3 night camps, and one lightweight or mobile camp.
  • Participate in three (3) additional hikes/ trips of at least 6 hours duration each.
    • a) One must include an overnight stay of at least two nights. (these nights may be included in the camps detailed above).
    • b) Another must be in Winter conditions.

NB. For the purpose of this requirement alternate methods may be chosen, i.e. bikes, xcountry skiing, horseback, canoeing, etc. Motorized transportation is not acceptable.

  • Demonstrate the proper care, use and maintenance of equipment including stoves, tents, axes, saws, cooking equipment etc.
  • Plan a menu for two or more scouts for a weekend camp,
    • a) the plan shall have minimum of five (5) meals.
    • b) the plan must include a food and supplies list which includes quantity.
  • Plan a balanced menu for a patrol of Scouts for a weekend camp. The plan shall have minimum of five (5) meals and must include a food and supplies list which includes quantities required.
  • Sleep in a temporary overnight shelter for one or two people that you built.
  • Demonstrate two types of rope lashings and describe their uses.
  • Demonstrate to Pioneer or Voyageur level Scouts the proper care, maintenance and packing of personal camping gear suitable for a 2 day camp (include sleeping bag, pack, clothes, boots, etc.).
  • Identify four (4) wild birds and (4) mammals, indigenous to the area where you live or camp. Keep a list of the sightings you encounter on at least two camps or hikes.
  • Identify four types of trees and shrubs. Be able to recognize them in their natural setting.
  • Identify four types of wild flowers in the area you camp or hike in.
  • Demonstrate proper disposal of cooking residues, grey water and body waste.
  • Plan and lead an Environmental project for your Patrol / Troop.
  • Demonstrate throughout the Pathfinder Award that you have put into practice your personal Environmental Code. (Voyageur requirement)














NOTE: Participation in one particular sport can only apply to one badge in this category.

Team Sport

Individual Sport

Winter Sport

Water Sport


Purpose: Demonstrate ability in any suitable or appropriate team sport that is approved by your Troop.


1) Be a member in good standing of a team for a full season.
2) Show by your participation in a team sport that you understand the rules, safety requirements, and sportsmanship connected with that sport.
3) Discuss how your own skill in the sport can be improved.

Purpose: Demonstrate ability in an individual sport approved by your Troop.


1) Be active in a sport that relies primarily on your individual effort and skill.
2) Show that you understand the rules, safety precautions and sportsmanship connected with the sport.
3) Discuss how your own skill in the sport can be improved and create a self-improvement plan.

Purpose: Demonstrate ability in any suitable or appropriate winter sport that is approved by your Troop.


1) Participate in your chosen sport for a full winter season.
2) Show by your participation in a winter sport that you understand the rules, safety requirements, and sportsmanship connected with that sport.
3) Discuss how your own skill in the sport can be improved.

Purpose: Demonstrate ability in a water sport approved by your Troop.


1) Be a regular participant in a water sport activity. For team water sport demonstrate participation for a full season.
2) Show by your participation that you understand the rules, safety precautions, and sportsmanship connected with the sport.
3) Discuss how your own skill in the sport can be improved.

Purpose: Demonstrate ability to swim.


1) Demonstrate your swimming ability in accordance to the Red Cross Aqua Quest level 11.


2) Complete all of the following:
a) Tread water in deep water, for a minimum of four (4) minutes.
b) Front crawl for 100 metres.
c) Back crawl for 100 metres
d) Elementary backstroke for 50 metres
e) Breaststroke for 50 metres
f) Sidestroke for 50 metres
g) Butterfly stroke, 3 x 10 metres
h) Endurance swim for 400 metres continuously, using any stroke or combination of strokes.





Winter Scouting


Purpose: This Badge recognizes the ability of a Scout in the area of pioneering. The ability goes beyond the basic knowledge of knots and lashing to the point that the Scout can create useful and creative items using easily obtained wooden poles and rope (cord, string, etc.)


1) Demonstrate the ability to tie the three (3) knots not covered during the Voyageur Requirements. Know the uses of the knots in a pioneering setting. (i.e. clove hitch for beginning and ending a lashing)
2) Prepare a demonstration illustrating square lashing, diagonal and tripod lashing and indicate the uses of each.
3) In a field setting and using only wooden poles and ropes (or other bindings), the Scout will construct any two of the following.
i) a bridge type project
ii) a camp gate, free standing flag pole or other useful item
iii) an entertainment type project (turnstile, swing, etc.)

Purpose: Scout to explore an unfamiliar area.


1) Plan, conduct and evaluate three expeditions of increasing challenge; by foot, bike, canoe, etc. Distance and durability to be determined with your Scouter based on personal ability.
2) Demonstrate the use of a map and compass.
4) Explain risk management for these trips, including safety precautions necessary.
5) Evaluate your experience.

Purpose: Demonstrate ability to hike and camp in the outdoors in the winter.


1) Plan and conduct three winter activities, one of which must be an overnight camp.
2) Demonstrate appropriate gear suitable for winter camping.
3) Know signs and first aid for hypothermia, frostbite, snow blindness, wet clothing, and getting caught in a blizzard.
4) Prepare a winter survival kit.
5) Demonstrate knowledge of meals good for the winter activities.
6) Lay and light a fire.
7) Show how to avoid and what to do about the following:
- breaking through ice
- carbon monoxide poisoning
- frostbite
- becoming lost in winter conditions
- getting caught in a blizzard
- snow blindness
- skin stuck to cold metal
- hypothermia
- wet clothing

Purpose: To develop an interest in and skills about weather information.


1. Maintain an interest in weather by recording for a one month period the following weather data for a specific site:
a) maximum temperature
b) minimum temperature
c) total 24 hour precipitation
d) mean wind direction and speed
e) barometric pressure and tendency at the same time each day
f) brief description of the weather for the day
2. Using a current weather map such as is found in a newspaper (or other source):
a) Identify and label a high pressure area; a low pressure area; a warm front; and a cold front
b) For each of the four above, point out one station that exhibits typical weather
c) Point out one station where the wind direction clearly shows Buys-Ballots Law and the speed related to the pressure gradient.
3. For any two of the following, what advice would you give to your Patrol if the forecast indicated you could expect this type of weather where you are planning to go:
a) Lake-effect snow
b) Chinook winds
c) Blizzard or high wind chill values
d) Tornado
e) Water spouts
f) Dust devils
g) Nor'easter winds in Atlantic Canada
4. For two outdoor outings by your patrol or troop: a) provide a weather forecast to your patrol/troop for the area of the event (use an official forecast from radio, TV, Newspaper, Internet etc.)
b) advise members of the equipment required because of the forecast
c) maintain a weather log of temperature, precipitation and wind during the outing. There should be at least 6 observations per day.
d) report to your patrol/troop the affect of the weather on the outing.



Advanced Tripping



Water Tripping

Purpose: Demonstrate extended lightweight camping skills by participating in Lightweight Camping, Long Distance Hiking, or Extended Tripping.


1) Complete twelve (12) nights of camping with at least two (2) three night camping experiences. These must provide the opportunity to demonstrate advanced lightweight skills.
2) Demonstrate your ability to plan and prepare nutritious lightweight menus for an extended trip.
3) Demonstrate how to use appropriate lightweight equipment.
4) Demonstrate your ability to pack and carry your equipment.
5) Earn at least two (2) of the following badges: Pioneering, Exploring, Winter Scouting, Water Tripping, or Year Round Camper.
6) Instruct other Scouts or Cubs in lightweight camping skills.
7) Lead a Patrol camp.
8) Demonstrate an understanding of environmental camping concerns.

Purpose: Demonstrate the skills and knowledge to safely handle a canoe, kayak or similar craft on flat or slow moving water.

NOTE: You must wear a properly fitted PFD while in a boat.



1) Explain safety in, on and around water.
2) Properly select and wear a suitable PFD or life jacket. Explain your choice and how it applies to Scouts Canada regulations.
3) Demonstrate the use of a rescue-line throwing assist and an additional reaching or throwing assist.
4) Explain and demonstrate self-rescue. i.e. Swim canoe ashore.
5) Explain and demonstrate Canoe-over-Canoe rescue.


1) Name and point out 10 parts on your craft and 5 paddle parts.
2) Explain the care and handling of your small craft, including launching and landing from a dock or shore.
3) Explain how to avoid the following conditions and their treatment:
- Hypothermia
- Heat Exhaustion
- Heat Stroke
- U.V. ray exposure
4) Know the Transport Canada regulations that apply to your small craft.


1) Paddle equally well in bow and stern or, if your craft requires, solo.
2) Demonstrate the stability of your craft, i.e. rocking vigorously.
3) Pivot your craft 360 degrees, in both directions.
4) Paddle a straight line for 100m.
5) Demonstrate the following strokes as they apply to your craft; Forward bow stroke ; "J" Stroke; Stopping; Sweep; Reverse Paddling; Draw; and Pry.
6) Paddle a distance of 10km.

Purpose: To encourage Scouts to practice the safe operation, and be able to demonstrate basic maintenance, of a powercraft.

NOTE: You must wear a properly fitted PFD while in a boat.


1. a) Earn the Canadian Red Cross Society's Power Boating Award.
b) Earn the exact equivalent of this Award.
2. Know the safety equipment required for your craft by Transport
Canada, and explain the appropriate use for each.

Purpose: Experience all aspects of extended water trips.

Prerequisite: Prerequisite for this badge is the Paddling badge, Sailing badge or Powercraft badge.


1) Help in the planning and participate in a three (3) day water trip.
2) Properly select and wear a PFD.
3) Understand and explain the importance of a float plan.
4) Demonstrate the ability to select the proper equipment for your trip.
5) Demonstrate and explain ways to weather-proof camping gear.
6) Demonstrate your skills at making emergency repairs to your tripping equipment.
7) Show skills in map and compass reading, estimation of appropriate time and distance goals.
8) Show weather observation skills.
9) Demonstrate how to load your craft for tripping.



White Water


Purpose: The safe and responsible handling of a canoe, kayak or similar craft in moving water.

NOTE: You must wear a properly fitted PFD while in a boat.

Pre-requisite: The Paddling badge is a pre-requisite for this badge.


1. Describe the effects on the craft of rocker, wind, river current and load positioning (including paddlers).
2. Discuss the following parts of a rapid: sweeper, keeper, souse hole, haystack, roller, whirlpool, eddy, deep water V, submerged rock, areas of strong current, and eddy line. Discuss the importance of scouting a rapid before entering it.
3. Select and wear a properly fitted PFD and helmet.

Suitable Equipment

1. Discuss Provincial regulations on PFD's and demonstrate proper use.
2. Discuss the importance of a helmet.
3. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of three hull material. (Royalex ABS, Fibreglass, Aluminum, etc.)
4) when would a wet or dry suit be necessary.
5) Demonstrate accurate throwing with a throw bag.
6) Demonstrate appropriate footwear.

Paddle Strokes
In moving water demonstrate an effective:
1) High Brace
2) Low Brace
3) Sideslip left and right
4) Back paddling
5) Eddy in and eddy out on the left and right
6) Up stream ferry left and right
7) Down stream ferry left and right

General Knowledge

1. Demonstrate what to do if capsized.
2. From the International River Classification System describe Class 1, 2, 3 Rapids
3. Considering your skill level, strength and the type of equipment you are using, what would make a rapid unrunable for you?

Purpose: Covers sailboats, sailing dinghies and keelboats.

NOTE: You must wear a properly fitted PFD while in a boat.


1. Have at least the Canadian Red Cross Society's Blue or Small Craft Safety Survival Level or the YMCA's Star IV Award, or demonstrate the following:
a) Safety knowledge in, and on water.
b) From shore, a dock and from a boat, throw a reaching assist, a throwing assist (no line) and a throwing assist (with line) to someone in difficulty, two metres from yourself. Bring the casualty to safety and secure, talking to the casualty throughout to calm them.
c) While fully clothed and wearing a P.F.D. jump into deep water, tread water for five minutes without signs of stress and then swim 100 metres with any stroke.
d) Demonstrate the Help/huddle positions as used in and out of the water.
e) Show how to contact emergency services.
2. Properly select and wear a PFD.
3. Demonstrate the appropriate use of the safety equipment required for your craft by Transport
4. a) Name and point out 25 parts of the hull and fittings, rigging, and sail.
b) Explain the difference between the following types of boats: cat-rigged, dinghy, sailboard, keelboat, and catamaran.
c) Demonstrate knowledge of proper procedures of care, maintenance and storage of your craft, and personal equipment.

5. a) Demonstrate the proper methods of launching and landing a boat at a dock and shoreline. Demonstrate starting and stopping a motor if applicable.
b) Correctly rig and de-rig your vessel.
6. a) Understand the basic concepts that affect boat stability.
b) Demonstrate stability of the boat by vigorously rocking it for 30 seconds.
7. a) Demonstrate safe entry and exit from craft and changing of positions in a safe manner.
b) Demonstrate how to right a capsized boat. (if applicable)
c) Know how to tie and what the following knots are used for; reef, figure 8, round turn and two half hitches, bowline, rolling hitch and sheetbend.
d) Properly secure the vessel to a dock by the bow, or/and by the bow and stern, using any extra lines required for weather conditions.
8. With adult guidance, demonstrate the following:
a) Manoeuvre your boat to and from a dock, mooring and a beach.
b) Sail a boat on both tacks.
c) Sail a beam reach on both tacks.
d) Sail a run on both tacks without gybing.
e) Demonstrate how to tack and gyb in both directions.
9. a) Knowledge of Scouts Canada's watercraft regulations (as described in B.P.&P.)
b) Creation and use of a Float Plan.
c) Knowledge of the potential dangerous waters in your area.



Home Repair



Family Care

Purpose: Show the ability to make home repairs.


1) Be able to identify trouble and make the necessary repairs to four home projects. (ie. leaking faucet)
2) Demonstrate the safety precautions required for each project.
3) Show how to safely operate and maintain any three hand tools and any two power tools used in your home repair projects.
4) In all projects be able to demonstrate that you have finished the job in a competent manner, and have cleaned up the tools and the job site.

Purpose: Show an interest in building objects.


1. Build at least two objects from scratch, no pre-cut or pre-formed kits to be used.
2. Demonstrate safe handling of materials and tools used in your project.

Purpose: Show an interest in planning and cooking nutritious meals.


1. a) Demonstrate a knowledge of the food groups as outlined in the Canada Food Guide.
b) Give examples of foods in each food group, including information on the energy and nutritional values and their effects on the body.
c) Explain the importance of three balanced meals a day, as well as the body's daily need for fluid intake.
2. Demonstrate a knowledge of appropriate hygiene practices associated with meal preparation and after meal clean-up.
3. Prepare a menu for your Patrol for a weekend camp. Discuss with your Patrol the reasons for your menu choices, such as nutritional values, ease of preparation, variety, transportation.
4. Demonstrate a knowledge of safety requirements associated with cooking appliances and food storage, used both in the home and the out-of-doors.
5. Prepare a menu and cook a meal for your patrol, out-of-doors.
6. Prepare a menu and cook a meal for your family, at home.

Purpose: Show an interest in personal responsiblity for your family.


1. Show that you are able to look after yourself. your home, and your family for a short period of time.
a) Be able to safely operate the appliances in your home; example stove, microwave, oven, vacuum, washing machine, etc.
b) Be able to plan, purchase, and prepare a meal
c) Keep your home neat and clean.
2. Explain and be able to carry out the daily routine of running your family home, ie. wake-up time, meal time, family chores, bed time, etc.
3. Because family sickness may be the reason for you to have to look after the home, show also that you have a general knowledge of looking after people who are sick, the principles of personal cleanliness, and home sanitation.

Note: Satisfactory completion of a "Babysitting Course" or a "Home Nursing" course will qualify you for this badge.



Pet Care


Purpose: Show an interest and ability in maintaining a healthy pet.


1) Look after a pet for at least six months.
2) Show the required feeding, grooming, exercise, affection and training that this pet needs.
3) Know the laws in your community that apply to you keeping a pet.
4) Show that you understand what is considered cruelty to animals.
5) Explain the relationship between domesticated pets and wild animals; health risks, communicable disease, etc.
6) Visit a veterinary hospital or equivalent to learn about active and preventive services available to your pet.

Purpose: Demonstrate a knowledge of safety.


1. Show how to get help. (Police, Fire, Ambulance.)
2. Explain classes of fires and how to use different types of fire extinguishers.
3. Demonstrate the safety aspects and differences between fuses and circuit breakers.
4. Show what to do in case of a fire. Plan escape routes for your home or meeting place. Include the location of fire extinguishers and smoke alarms.
5. Make a list of fire hazards in your home and meeting place.
6. Demonstrate how and why to store medicines, cleaning aids and flammable materials. Know the hazard symbols.
7. Demonstrate the basic "Rules of the Road" for bicycling.
8. Show how to avoid and treat carbon monoxide poisoning.
9. Identify common poisonous plants in your area, and how to treat symptoms.





Language Strip

Life Saving

Purpose: Show an interest in putting a collection together.


1. Own and improve a collection that you have worked on for the last six months. This must have been done as a Scout.
2. Display your collection in a suitable manner.
3. Present your collection, your interest in it, some of its history, as well as why and how you have chosen to display it as you have.

Purpose: Demonstrate formal communication skills.


Complete one of the following:

1. Serve on the editorial or writing staff of a magazine or paper for at least eight (8) months or during the time that two issues are published. Show that you were able to cut down or rewrite manuscripts while still keeping the important information. Write at least 2 articles.
2. As secretary for your court of honour or other Troop/Patrol meetings, keep records and minutes for at least 6 months.
3. Take part in two organized debates or two public speaking events. Discuss preparations for your part in these events.

Purpose: Demonstrate an ability to speak in another language.


1. Show you know a language other than your own by conversing on a subject of your choice for 15 minutes on an event.
2. The person to whom you are talking or reporting to must agree that your pronunciation, grammar, and spelling are basically correct and age appropriate.
3. The language(s) I used for my Language Strip is/are:

Purpose: To demonstrate knowledge of life saving techniques with various types of victims.


1. Earn the Life Saving III Award of the Life Saving Society of Canada.


To the satisfaction of a qualified instructor, complete the following:
a) Know how to treat and prevent further shock of a victim.
b) Be able to identify unconscious and injured victims.
c) Demonstrate the HELP position with a PFD or other swimming aid for 3 minutes.
d) Demonstrate the front survival position for 3 minutes.
e) Demonstrate the "egg beater kick". (Scout may use arms for support)
f) Enter the water in the"stride" position, maintaining eye contact with the victim.
g) Enter the water as though for a rescue using maximum speed (shallow dive).
h) Show how you would avoid being grasped from the front and the rear by a drowning victim.
I) Remove an unconscious victim from the water, with the help of an assistant. (Assistant should be of equal knowledge as the rescuer)
j) Rescue a non-breathing victim. Provide rescue breathing until relief of responsibility is available. Demonstrate care once victim starts to breathe on their own.
k) Provide support for a weak, injured or non-swimmer with minimum risk to the rescuer. Provide care until relief of responsibility is available.
l) Provide assistance to a weak or poor swimmer in deep water with a non-buoyant aid while avoiding high risk to the rescuer. Provide care until relief of responsibility is available.
m) Swim 400m continuously. Do not use the "resting" stroke.



First Aid

Individual Specialty

Troop Specialty

Purpose: Demonstrate a knowledge of First Aid procedures.


1. Earn the St. John Ambulance Standard First Aid certificate or equivalent Red Cross, etc.


2. Demonstrate to a trained instructor the techniques and knowledge equivalent to Standard First Aid.

Purpose: To provide a way to recognize a Scout who has a special interest.


1. A Scout may propose a subject and requirements for this badge, or may develop them in cooperation with other members of the Troop. The requirements should be presented to the Patrol in Council or Court of Honour for review.
2. Topics selected for this badge should not be covered in any of the other challenge badges.
3. The Scout leader must send a copy of the badge requirements to the local Scout council for information.
4. A Scout may hold only one Individual Specialty badge at one time.
5. A Scout may choose a new Individual Specialty once a year.

Note: Make sure the requirements challenge the ability of the individual. Remember that the purpose of the badge is to recognize the best effort of the Scout.

Purpose: To provide a way to recognize a Troop that has a special interest.


1. The Troop will decide on the requirements for this badge.
2. The Scout leader must send a copy of the badge requirements to the local Scout council for information.
3. A Troop may have only one Specialty badge at a time.
4. A Troop may change its Specialty badge once a year if it wishes.






Purpose: Explore the fields of engineering.

Some of the fields of engineering are: aeronautical, aerospace, architectural, civil, computer, electrical, marine, mechanical, meteorological, and mining.


Complete one of the following:

1. Visit an industrial plant, an electricity generating plant, a food processing or packing plant, a sewage treatment plant, a mine or another centre of engineering activity. Report on the visit, the equipment used, the end product of the process, and the good it does for the community. Include sketches, photos if possible, and a model or mock-up of the process to show that you understand the basic ideas involved. Detail what safety devices and regulations you noticed during your visit.
2. Show how to work and repair any one of the motor power energy sources such as internal combustion engines gasoline or diesel; turbine drives; steam engines; rockets; or electric, wind, or water drives. Discuss the engineering principles involved and show that you have a good knowledge of the safety measures required for the energy source you are working with.
3. As a draftsperson, show that you can make scale drawings in third angle, orthographic projection (three views of simple pieces of machinery or machine parts). Properly finish the drawings with border, title, and views described. Show examples of tracings you have done of an electrical or electronic circuit, an architectural drawing, or an engineering drawing. Discuss the merits of the various ways of copying these drawings for further use.

Purpose: Show an interest in the sciences.

Some of the scientific fields are archaeology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, electronics, geography, geology, mathematics, medicine, physics, zoology, microbiology, botany, and biotechnology.


1. Show by your participation in a Science Fair, exposition, open house, or private demonstration, that you have an interest and skill in a scientific subject beyond the level expected of you in your school work. Demonstrate by devices, models, charts, collections, or in the field, the aspect that interests you. Explain the background and how it relates to the rest of the world or other fields of science.

Purpose: Demonstrate your understanding of computers.

Part A - Knowledge

1) Define and give examples for each of the following terms:
a) Input/output devices
b) Storage media
c) RAM
d) Processor
e) Modem
f) Networks
g) Robotics
h) FTP

Describe how text, numbers, pictures and sound are stored in computer memory.

3) Give three examples of programming languages, and the types of programming they are used for.
Describe how a computer program is developed.

Part B - Proficency

Do three of the following

1) Use a database manager to create a roster of your troop showing name, address, and telephone number of each Scout, as well as a record of their attendance for the past month.

2) Use a spreadsheet program to develop the budget for a weekend camp for your troop or patrol. This spreadsheet should show both budget and actual amounts for each item, and the difference between the two.

3) Use a word processor to write to the parents of each troop member, inviting them to a special meeting night. Use the mail merge feature of the word processor to make a personalized copy of the letter for each family.

4) Use a computer graphics program to design and draw a campsite plan for your troop.

5) Using web authoring software, design and create a home page for your troop.

6) Use a computer attached to a local area network, or equipped with a modem, connect to a computer network or bulletin board. Find and download material pertaining to computers and/or Scouting for presentation.

Part C - Initiative

1)a) Visit a business or industry that uses computers. Find out how computers are being used, how computers affect each worker, and what future plans the business has for computing.

b) Describe four jobs in the computer field, including the necessary training for the jobs, and opportunities for these jobs in your area.


2) Use a general purpose programming language to write a program application of your choice. This program should show examples of decision making and looping. As well, be prepared to describe the steps you used to create the program.

Part D - Ethics

1) Explain why it is not permissible to accept a free copy of a computer game or program from a friend.

2) Demonstrate several ways in which you and your family could use a personal computer other than for games and recreation.




Literary Arts

Performing Arts

Cultural Awareness


Purpose: To recognize an interest and participation in art.


1. Show that you have an interest in and have practised an art form such as Graphic Art, Modelling, Pottery, Sculpture, etc.
2. Explain the characteristics and properties of the material you used. i.e. plastic, wood, clay, etc.
3. Demonstrate and explain the use of the tools and equipment used for your art form.
4. Show three pieces of your finished art work.

Purpose: To recognize participation in literary arts.


Show an interest in one or more of the literary arts by presenting and discussing some of your work in such fields as biography, drama, fiction, or poetry.


Present reviews of Books, Plays, Poems, Radio, TV Shows, or Movies and be prepared to discuss and defend your opinions.

Purpose: To recognize participation in a performance art.


Show an interest in and participate in any one of the following:

1. Entertain an audience either by yourself or with a small group for at least 15 minutes with a varied program, such as Musical, Dance, Role Play or Acting, Story Telling, etc.
2. Rehearse and direct a small group in a play lasting 20 minutes.
3. Participate in a multi-act play, as an actor or stage crew with your school or theatre group.

Purpose: To gain a greater understanding of Canada's cultural diversity.


1. Learn about a cultural group of peoples including what language they speak, their traditions and spiritual beliefs.
2. Lead an activity or game which is specific to that culture.


Prepare a food which is specific to that culture and share it with your Patrol/Troop.

Purpose: To recognize musical ability.


Do one of the following:
a) Sing or play on an instrument at least two pieces. Demonstrate that you understand and are able to read music. Include terms for pitch, length of notes, time signature and expression.


b) Be a regular member of a school, social, or church choir, or musical group, and take part in a minimum of three performances.





Special Needs Awareness



Purpose: To recognize photography knowledge and skills.


1. Demonstrate and explain the use of your camera (video, or other).
2. Explain how your camera records an image, and the developing process if appropriate.
3. Present various examples of your work, describing the composition, choice of subject matter, and lighting and exposure.

Purpose: To recognize skill in some form of handicraft.


1. Show that you have an interest in, have practised, and gained skill in some form of handicraft, such as Carving, Decorating, Embossing, Stamping, Weaving, Needlecraft, etc.
2. Present recent examples of your work.

Purpose: To gain a greater awareness of Special Needs requirements.


Meet with an agency or person providing support to persons with a special need and learn about the support given. Lead an awareness exercise or game for that special need.


For at least three months, provide assistance with the ongoing support of a person with a special need.

Purpose: To recognize interest and ability in constructing models or toys.


1. Show you have an interest in, have practised, and have gained skill in building models or toys. (Models may be produced from kits.)
2. Present three (3) recent examples of your work.

Purpose: To explore a Scout's heritage.


1. Show that you know where to find information about the heritage of your community by explaining:
a) primary and secondary sources;
b) oral and written sources; and
c) the use of materials in archives, museums, and libraries.
2. Carry out one of the projects suggested below and make an oral, written, or scrapbook presentation to your Troop.
a) Construct a family tree showing at least five generations.
b) Give a report on the origins of your community or neighbourhood; and
c) In a rural area, make a study of at least 30 early gravestones in the local cemetery. Give a presentation on these former residents and how they contributed to the area.
3. a) Outline the history of the World Scout Movement from its beginning, with special emphasis on the contribution of its founder; and
b) Give a brief history of your own Scout troop and district.
4. Choose a historic building, place, monument, park, structure, or organization in your area and give a report on its history and importance.
5. Research and make a presentation on the history and legends of the native people in your area OR on their present-day life.





Fish & Wildlife

Soil & Water Management

Purpose: Demonstrate your knowledge and skill in the field of natural science with emphasis on outdoor activity.


1) In a presentation of your choosing, explain the meaning of: balance of nature, migration, life cycle, niche, community and food web.
2) Identify 15 trees or shrubs, 10 non-woody plants, 10 birds, and 10 mammals native to your area.
3) In the field, if possible, identify 20 species in any category of your choice: mammals, reptiles, fish, plants, birds, trees, butterflies, moths, or other insects. Know the habitat, migratory patterns, distinctive behaviour, and life cycle of each species in the category you have chosen.

Purpose: Demonstrate your knowledge and involvement in recycling.


1) Lead a discussion on what recycling means and describe why recycling has become increasingly important in the past few years.
2) Report on the "recycling process" in your community. What happens to a tin can or bottle?
3) a) Start a recycling program at your house, school, church, troop or other location. If you already have a program going, get involved and take a more active role. Continue this for at least three months.
b) At a camp, with members of your patrol, organize a recycling program for the duration of the camp and deposit all recyclable materials at your local recycling centre. Document your program details and share them with the camp administrator.

Purpose: Demonstrate your knowledge and involvement in fish and wildlife management.


1) Investigate and be able to discuss factors which effect fish or wildlife management, such as diseases, pollution, endangered species and habitat destruction, carry capacity and edge effect.
2) Find out how to obtain a hunting or fishing licence and discuss the value of regulations.
3) After consulting with local authorities, participate and report to your troop on a fish or wildlife improvement project, such as restoring stream banks, planting stream cover, river bank clean up, building nest boxes, helping to tag or band wildlife or adopting a park.

Purpose: Demonstrate your knowledge and involvement in soil and water management.


1) Investigate and be able to discuss soil and water management concerns as they relate to soil erosion, food cycle, water cycle and the water table.
2) Demonstrate different soil make-ups in your area and describe the advantages and disadvantages of each.
3) Visit local farm lands, industrial site, marsh areas, ponds or lakes and describe their importance in relation to soil and water management.






Purpose: Demonstrate your knowledge and involvement in forest management.


1) Investigate and be able to discuss Forestry concerns such as diseases, pest control, logging, product utilization, replanting and fires.
2) Investigate and be able to discuss forest ecology such as forest types, factors of growth, the value to wildlife, and air quality.
3) Participate and report to your troop on a forest improvement project such as Scoutrees, stand improvement, reforesting or pest control.

Purpose: Demonstrate your knowledge and involvement in an agricultural project.


1) Participate in and be able to discuss a planned agricultural project. e.g. beef cattle, bee keeping, poultry farming, tree farming, and cereal crops.

2) Keep a record of your project and explain to your Patrol/Troop the costs, profits, methods, results and conclusions for improvement. A successful completion of a 4H or horticulture club project will qualify for this badge.

Purpose: Demonstrate your knowledge and involvement in an horticultural project.


1. Plan, plant, and tend throughout one complete growing season from early spring to early winter a flower garden of at least 4 m square, OR a vegetable garden of at least 9 m square OR a landscaped property of at least 16 m square.
2. Explain:
a) Preparation of the soil
b) Location of the plants
c) Fertilization and mulching used
d) The program of weeding, watering, and staking
e) The preparation for winter.
3. Explain your choice of plants and show or illustrate your results. Photographs, floral displays, horticultural exhibits, growth records, and produce are interesting ways to present your report.



























Purpose: To demonstrate a Scout's concern for the environment and awareness of the global need for conservation.


1. Complete at least two challenge badges in the Environmental category.
2. Choose a conservation issue of importance to
and the world and complete a project that includes some recognizable work in your community. Make a presentation, display or report describing your project and the global importance of the issue. You may complet the project as an individual or in a group. Example issues include global warming, acid rain, endangered species, etc.
3. Take a leading role in planning & conducting an activity of your choice which focuses on the concept: "Think Globally, Act Locally".

Purpose: To encourage the Scout to get camping experience in the different seasons of the year. (i) Summer, ii) Winter, and iii) Spring or Fall.)


To qualify for the award:

1. You must spend at least two nights in each of the three camping periods in tents or other temporary shelter.
2. As a patrol, for each camp you must:
a) obtain written parental permission to camp
b) select the campsite and obtain permission to use it
c) arrange transportation. If you use a vehicle, you must travel the last kilometre on foot and carry in all your gear with your patrol members.
d) develop a menu and buy the food you need
e) prepare the patrol camping equipment suitable for the season
f) plan the program activities for the camp
3. Get the approval of your Troop Scouter or Patrol Counsellor for all of your actions related to the items in #2.
4. Evaluate each camp with your Troop Scouter or Patrol Counsellor within two weeks of the camp. Discuss with that leader both your preparations and the camp's outcomes.

See guidelines.



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