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Design The Badge

Design The Badge

Can you design the badge for the event?

The BIG weekender includes so many activities for you to try over the day: from archery to abseiling, Inflatables to high-ropes, and so much more… There’ll also be plenty of entertainment, crafts, socials, and campfires.

No one reminisces about a night of Netflix. Make memories and friends at The BIG Weekender 2022!

You will need

  • A4 paper
  • Coloured pens or pencils
  • A device with access to the internet
  • Badge Template

Activity summary

In this activity, young people will learn about what’s on badges and their designs and design their own. You could look at the history of badges, create badges to celebrate a particular event, or just have a bit of fun and get creative – you can decide how this activity will work best for you.

Before you begin

  • Gather a range of different badge designs or pictures of dragons. Try to get a good variety of examples – you could use pictures of badges or badges from different countries.

Safety checklist

Use the Safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional coronavirus-related controls to think about may include:

  • Make sure that everyone knows the plan for dropping young people off (and picking them up again).
  • Set up a hand washing station that you can use throughout the session.
  • Stay socially distanced when moving around the space and when talking to other people.

Adapting for each Section

Beavers and Cubs could design the badge together, working as a team to include everyone’s ideas. Scouts, Explorers & Network could create designs individually or use appropriate computer programmes to design the badge.

Badge Links

This activity counts towards the following badges:

Step 1: learn about other badges

Step 2: design your badge 

  • Everyone should grab some paper and something to draw their badge design with.
  • Everyone should think about what they want to put on their badge. What is important to them? (Make sure they include the dragon)
  • It’s time to design the badge. Everyone should get stuck into drawing and labelling their designs.
  • What colour will the badge be? What about its shape? What will you draw on it? (6x colours max)
  • Once everyone has finished, they should take it in turns to show off their new badge and talk about what they’ve put on it and why.

Reflection

This activity was designed to get people thinking about what’s important to them and others. Take some time to ask questions and encourage the group to give their thoughts while everyone is showing off their badge designs. Did anyone choose the same things to put on their badge? Did people choose things they like or things that were important to them?


Safety

  • All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.
  • Scissors – Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.
  • People should feel free to work together to think about their coins and draw their designs. The coins could be designed using whatever is easiest; you could use paper and pens, craft materials, or a computer. All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.
Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls