Spark your curiosity and creativity with the Scientist activity badge. Have fun learning some valuable science-based skills.
Choose 1 of the following options:
- Explore and discuss the science behind two Scouting activities or hobbies.
For example, you could investigate the science behind a perfect campfire, how a kayak stays afloat and travels through the water, or how a compass or GPS device works.
- Complete one of these:
- Plan and complete your own experiment to explore the science behind one Scouting activity or hobby. Record your findings and explain what these mean to others.
Try thinking of a question you want to answer or something you want to prove.
- Plan and run an activity, demonstration or presentation to help others understand the science behind a Scouting activity or hobby.
- Plan and complete three science experiments or activities. Check your plan with an adult first, then for each experiment:
You could try making invisible ink, creating an eruption, designing a catapult or putting together a battery.
- Change something about the experiment or activity and try it again, at least once. Predict what you think will happen and find out if you were right.
- Show that you understand the science behind your experiment or activity.
- Find out how one of your experiments or activities links to the real world. Then, explain it to others.
For example, if you made a battery, what are batteries usually made from? If you created an eruption, how similar or different is this to how volcanoes erupt?
- You can complete this badge individually, in Patrols, or in other small groups.
- For option 1, you could investigate any activity completed as part of Scouts, such as archery, climbing or zip lining, or a hobby you do outside of Scouts, such as cooking, trampolining or swimming.
- If you choose to do a presentation to share your knowledge with others, this could be in the form of a video or animation.
- For option 2, you could share what you have discovered with your Patrol, Troop, another Group, a leader or someone else. There are lots of ways you could do this. Why not plan a demonstration, a presentation, run an activity or create a video?
- Why not tie this badge in with British Science Week in March?
Requirements can be adapted to suit each young persons abilities. See our guidance on flexibility.