Scout Target Badges
The Target activities provide the main source of material for the Scout program. While the results of the activity lead to individual recognition, and the award of the Target Badges, the qualifications in general are earned by the Scout in the company of their Patrol or with other Scouts. Target Badge requirements provide for going places and doing the adventurous, appealing things that young people enjoy. The emphasis is on the practical and active aspect of the topic.
The aim of the Target Badge scheme is as follows:
- to encourage participation
- to appeal to youth members at all stages of development
- to develop basic skills
- to encourage activities which are effective in achieving the Educational Outcomes of the Scout Section
THE CAMPCRAFT AND CITIZENSHIP TARGETS ARE MANDATORY AT ALL THREE LEVELS
Other Badges such as Landcare (pioneer) World Conservation and First Aid (adventurer) may be achieved and worn as target badges.
Pioneer - Red- Participation & Learning
During their journey along the Path of Scouting a Scout needs to know that there are three Major Sign Posts the first is the PIONEER Badge. The PIONEER TARGET Badges are design to be achieved by going to new places, doing practical and adventurous activities. To gain the PIONEER Badge, the Scout must complete the two compulsory targets, which are Campcraft, & Citizenship plus one from the six Elective Pioneer Targets.
This is achieved by the Scouts participation and Learning, in the company of their patrol or with other Scouts and the assistance of their Patrol leader.
Explorer - Blue-Knowledge and Skill, Instructing Others- (Doing)
After completing the Pioneer Badge the Scout’s journey along the Path continues towards the next signpost. As you are aware there are three Major sign Posts and the Second is Explorer Level. The EXPLORER Target Badges are design to ensure that as the Scout completes their Explorer Target, they will be helping there PL to assist other Scouts to pass their Pioneer targets by doing practical and active activities. To gain the EXPLORER Badge a Scout must complete the two compulsory targets, which are Campcraft & Citizenship plus one from the six Elective Explorer Targets.
Adventurer Level - Green - Instructing others, Organising and Leading Activities - (Teaching)
The Scout has now reached the final Major sign post along the Path, the ADVENTURER BADGE. The ADVENTURER Target Badges are design to ensure that a Scout completing their badge work will by helping other Scouts to pass their Pioneer, & Explorer targets, by teaching and using their knowledge to organize practical and active activities.
The Adventurer Level Scout has an important role by assisting their Patrol members to plan and understand the Award Scheme, but most importantly to teach and test their fellow Patrol Members on each component of the Pioneer & Explorer Target Badges and in turn achieve their own ADVENTURER Targets
To gain the ADVENTURER Badge they must complete the two compulsory targets, which are - Campcraft & Citizenship and one (1) from the six (6) Elective Adventurer Targets.