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

Volunteering is changing to help us reach more young people

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Explorers Naturalist Activity Badge

Explorers Naturalist Activity Badge

Naturalist badge

The sound of birdsong, surrounded by trees, mud underfoot, it feels good to be in the wild.

You should be aiming to work towards this badge over 6 to 12 months.

How to earn your badge:

  1. Demonstrate your interest in the natural world by regularly taking part in relevant activities and using a variety of study and conservation techniques over a period of time.

    Show how you’ve improved and developed your skills.

  2. Share skills in recording and observing the natural world with a group of young people.
  3. Take an in-depth look at how human activity is affecting the natural world, particularly pollution, deforestation and new farming techniques.
  4. Demonstrate a good knowledge of natural history terminology, particularly local animal and plant species along with other specialist words.


    • Try contacting Local or National environmental volunteer groups and offer to assist in their activities.
    • Create and maintain a suitably large wildlife area and record the wildlife it attracts. For example; a pollinator patch or pond.

May 2024.

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

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