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Volunteering at Scouts is changing to help us reach more young people

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Cubs Personal Challenge Award

Cubs Personal Challenge Award

Personal badge

Everyone has a different idea of what a challenge looks like. Choose two you'd love to accomplish and dive right in.

How to earn your badge:

  1. You need to complete two personal challenges that you agree with your leader.

    You should choose one of the challenges. Your leader will choose the other. The challenges should be things that you find difficult but can complete with some effort and commitment. They can be to do with any part of your life, for example home, school or Cubs.

    Here are some example challenges to help you think about what you could do. You don’t have to pick a challenge from this list, you should choose to do something which is personal to you.

    • Look after a new Cub for half a term
    • Talk about a topic you are interested in with an adult you don’t know very well
    • Bring the right equipment to Cubs every week for a term
    • Remember to brush your teeth twice a day for two weeks
    • Show good behaviour at Cubs for three weeks in a row
    • Try something new that you are a bit nervous about
    • Go to a District fun day and talk to some other Cubs you don’t know
    • Try all of the food on Cub camp
    • Remember to feed your pet every morning for a week
    • Help to look after a sick or disabled friend or relative


  • Most people find it easier to tackle this challenge once they’ve settled in to Cubs (and got to know the volunteers). This makes it easier to choose the right challenges for you.

  • It might help to think about what it would feel like to achieve your goal, rather than focussing on where you’re at right now. Don’t forget that you can develop the skills you already have, too. It’s not always about something new.

  • If you’re struggling to know where to begin, the people who look after you might have some ideas about what you could try. It’s your challenge, though, so it’s your decision.

  • This isn’t just a concept for the grownups. You’ll probably find it easier to work towards your challenge if you know what it is, you can see that you’re doing it, you have the support of a leader, it’s not impossible, and you know when you want to finish.

June 2024.

Requirements can be adapted to suit each young persons abilities. See our guidance on flexibility.

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