Gold Award 2020 Cohort

This is the working space for Scouts who joined the troop in March and September 2020.


Challenge Awards are hexagonal badges worn on the front of the Scout shirt and there are 9 of them that must be earned. As their name suggests they are much harder to earn as they consist of a large number of different elements and so usually take a while to finish. We don't usually expect our Scouts to finish earning most of them until their third year with us. 

Even though you have only been with us for a few weeks you will already have made some progress towards some of these Awards as our Thursday evening programme is based around the Gold Award requirement. We have a detailed plan that sets out how we plan to get all Scouts through the Awards over their three years with us which you can read on this website if you are interested (see link at bottom of the page). 

Broadly speaking the Challenge Award requirements break down as follows:
- about 70% of the requirements will be covered during our Thursday meetings 
- about 10% of the requirements are things the Scouts need to do in their own time
- about 20% of the requirements are things that have to be done within the Scouting environment but cannot be covered on Thursdays - such as Summer Camps and the Expedition.  

Given all the extra spare time you are going to have over the next few weeks there is an ideal opportunity for you to make a massive dent in the 10% that falls to you to manage. Over the first few online meetings we will focus on the different awards and encourage Scouts to complete the relevant elements. We have created a new email address badges@4thefsscouts.org.uk  for you to submit your evidence.
        
After each Thursday meeting we will send out an email covering the Gold Award elements we focussed on that week and a reminder video will be available on this site on our Badges page.  However, if you want to get a head start you can take a look at all the self completion elements here. You can ask your parents to check your record on Online Scout Manager (OSM) to see what elements of the award you still have outstanding if you are not sure. 
Our time at Fairlop Waters over the Summer ticks off a huge part of the Adventurous Activities badge but we still need you to do a little bit of research of your own to back this up.  Please find below the instructions and report. It should take about an hour to do and you will need Internet access. 

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Reminder of Gold Award Requirements.

  1. Earn six Activity or Staged Activity badges. They could be badges gained outside of normal meetings or ones achieved through the Thursday evening programme.

  2. Complete the nine Challenge Awards.


Part 1: Scouts will earn a number of Activity and Staged Activity badges by participating fully in the troop programme: Nautical Skills, Time on Water, Nights Away, Swimming, First Aid, Sailing and Paddle Sports. In theory most Scouts will therefore meet the requirement through Thursday evening meeting attendance. However, the Leaders would like our Scouts to individually work towards at least one Activity or Staged badge on their own. As well as doing badges that match hobbies or interest there is the option to do badges based on school work, such as art or DT.  All badge information can be found on the main Scouts website (see menu on LHS).

Part 2: Most elements of most of the Challenge Awards will be completed during the three year programme, but in order to complete them all Scouts will need to attend weekend and camp activities. Some individual work will be required as well. The badge requirements for the Challenge Awards can be found on the main Scouts website but are also reproduced in the 3 Year Plan document below which covers how we intend to cover the badge work in the normal course of events.  

A Scout's progress against all elements of the Gold Award can be monitored via Online Scout Manager.

Gold Award Plan: You can read our plan using the link below. Thursday evening activities are drawn up with the Gold Award in mind and Scouts will have to also complete a number of independent activities, some of which we will programme in at set time and others that can be completed at any time.