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The programme

The programme

We’re really excited to share the Squirrels programme with you!

Each badge is packed with wow and wonder, perfect for anyone who’s ever asked ‘Why?’ (or ‘Why not?’). You’ll tell stories and play games. Get active and explore the outdoors. Become a brilliant builder and a super chef. There’s something for everyone – and that means that there’s something for you.

When designing the badges and activities for Squirrel Scouts, our goal was to create: 

  • an age-appropriate programme,
  • that meets the Theory of Change,
  • and is respected by Early Years practitioners,
  • without compromising our Scout values, ​ 
  • which encourages community and home learning,​ 
  • and works in areas of deprivation and for diverse ethnic communities. 

To do this, we wrote, tested and updated a programme proposal with nearly 400 people to create badges full of adventure, fun, and, of course, skills.

The Be Active, Explore Outdoors, Go Wild and Feel Good Activity Badges along the arm of a red Squirrel Scout jumper, with the Chief Scout's Acorn Award across the heart.
A selection of Squirrels badges shown on the Squirrels jumper.

We learned a lot!

65% wanted

the Squirrels programme to follow a similar format to the older sections, with Activity Badges and Challenge Awards leading to a Top Award.

73% thought

it was achievable (whilst still appropriately challenging) for Squirrels to gain their Top Award by earning all Challenge Awards and one or two Activity Badges.

89% agreed

that our proposed Challenge Awards (themed to teamwork, citizenship, personal development, outdoors and adventure) are achievable, age-appropriate, relevant and exciting, have the right number of requirements, make it easy to plan sessions around, and develop a good range of skills and outcomes.

90% felt

that our proposed Activity Badges (covering topics like cooking, exploring, building, safety and creativity) are achievable, age-appropriate, relevant and exciting, have the right number of requirements, make it easy to plan sessions around, and develop a good range of skills and outcomes.

Using these insights and feedback, we designed a curriculum consisting of:

  • 12 Activity Badges
  • four Challenge Awards
  • a Top Award
  • a Membership Award
  • a Joining In Award
  • a Moving On Award

We also decided that Squirrels would be able to earn Staged Activity Badges.


Take a sneak peek

Explore Outdoors Activity Badge

The world is full of exciting things for you to discover. Work together to get ready, go on an adventure, and share what you find. Who knows where you’ll end up?

Feel Good Activity Badge

We look after our bodies by doing things like brushing our teeth and eating different foods. Have you ever thought about how we look after our minds? Get stuck in and learn about three ways to take care of yourself and your brain.

All Together Challenge Award

We can do so much more with great friends. Work together to play games, make choices, and learn to be the best friend you can be.