|Scout Uniform and Scout Badges|
Every Scout is required to wear the correct uniform. This consists of a pair of navy blue Scout 'combat' trousers and a green Scout shirt. Anyone who joins the Ockendon Scout pack is given a brand new green and black neckerchief with a woggle when they are invested (join the group). Scouts also wear black shoes - trainers or school shoes and black socks.
The trousers, and shirt can be bought from a number of outlets but if you buy it through the district Scout shop, then we, as a group, get some of the money given to us. It is run entirely by volunteers is open 10.00am - 12.30pm each Saturday morning.
The address for the Scout shop is:
The Thurrock District Scout and Guide Shop
See here for the link to the shop www.thurrockscouts.org.uk
There are lots of badges you can earn while you are a Scout. This page lists all of the badges and tells you how to earn them. If you want more detail on a badge go to scout base webpage
You will receive a Participation Award each year you are in the Beavers, Cubs or Scouts, so that everyone knows how long you have been a member of the Scout Group. When you receive a participation award, don't forget to remove the previous one.
Moving On Awards
If you came up from the Cub Pack, then you will have received the Cubs to Scouts Moving On award. You can continue to wear this badge throughout your time at Scouts until you gain the next Moving On award.
The next award is presented to a Scout just as they are moving on to the Explorer Unit to show they have learned what Explorers is all about. This will be the first badge you wear on your Explorer uniform.
There are nine challenge badges for you to try. You will usually earn these by attending every week at Scouts and taking part in the extra activities. If you get the first six plus any two of theothers then you will receive the top award called the Chief Scout's Gold Award.
Chief Scout's Gold Award
The Chief Scout's Gold Award is the highest award available in the Scout Section. It is gained by completing the first six of the Challenge Badges and any two of the others.
But that's not all! There are a total of 75 different Activity Badges that you can complete at any time while you are a Scout. It is up to you to decide which Activity Badges you want to try so if you want to earn these badges, you should speak to your leader about what you have to do.
These cover everything you could possibly be interested in, from Astronomy to Dragon Boat Racing, Skiing to Mechanic and Handgliding to Air Spotting. If you have a hobby, interest or favourite sport there is an Activity Badge that you can work hard for, gain and wear on your uniform with pride.
Activity Badges can be worked on by any Scout. They offer the opportunity for a Scout or group of Scouts to take a particular interest or skill to a higher level. The detailed requirements of all the badges are on Scoutbase; just click on the badge’s picture to be taken there.
Sometimes, badge courses are organised for the troop for a particular badge. The courses may be run over several evenings or at a special weekend event. And finally, badges just sometimes happen. Scouts gain bits and pieces towards a particular badge by camping and taking part in activities, so it doesn't seem like work at all! Scouts may work on badges at home but please talk to the Scout Leader before they start.
Most of the Activity Badges are individual badges just for the Scout section.
And some are staged so that you can earn higher levels as you improve. These badges are the same within Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.
In addition, if you develop your skills even further after you have gained an Activity Badge, or if you learn how to be an instructor in a specific skill area then you can also gain additional awards for any activity badge as follows:
There are also three partnership awards that are earned by Beavers, Cuibs and Scouts all working together. As these badges are for the whole Scout Group, your leader will tell you if you are working towards one of these.