Position of Badges on the Beaver Uniform
This page is designed to help you make sense of where all those badges go! If you would prefer the easier option of allowing someone else to to sew them on, then please click here for more details.
When your beaver is invested, they will receive badges relating to their county, district, group and colony. These all go on their right arm under the scout logo.
The top one is the scout group – 1st Burghfield and Sulhamstead – and underneath this is their beaver colony – either ‘Pathfinder Colony’, ‘Pioneer Colony’ or ‘Voyager Colony’.
Underneath these are the Berkshire County and Pang Valley District badges. Remember that the Berkshire deer looks towards the Pang Valley badge!
The other important badge that they will receive when they are invested is their World Membership Badge which all people in Scouting wear. This goes on the left chest.
Above this are their Joining In Awards which are given after they have completed each year in Scouting.
During their time in beavers, they will complete two types of badge. The first are their Challenge Awards. These are normally completed during colony meetings but occasionally they will be given tasks to complete at home. There are 6 Challenge Awards in total – Community, Creative, Fitness, Global, Outdoor, Promise – and if they complete all 6 of them, they will gain their Chief Scout’s Bronze Award which is the highest Award in the Beaver Scout section. All of these badges are sewn onto the right chest.
The other types of badge are the Activity Badges and they are worn on the left arm. Many of these badges are worked at during colony meetings (partially or completely) but a couple of them are more suitable to do at home.
The 12 different Beaver Activity Badges are yellow. The Staged Activity Badges are turquoise and can be gained in any section from beavers through to explorers. There are 6 Staged Activity Badges – Emergency Aid, Hikes Away, Information Technology, Musician, Nights Away, Swimmer – and only the highest one of each should be worn. For example, once they have achieved their Nights Away 5, it can replace their Nights Away which can be sewn onto their campfire blanket.
Sometimes there are occasional celebratory badges that may be worn. They are usually worn above the World Membership Badge, up towards the left shoulder, and are usually worn for the period of celebration after which they need to be removed and sewn onto the campfire blanket.
When the time comes for your beaver to move on to cubs, there are a few badges that may be worn initially on the cub uniform. If they have gained the Chief Scout's Bronze Award this should be sewn onto the cub uniform but removed when they achieve the Chief Scout's Silver Award. The latest Joining In Award can be sewn onto the cub uniform, however, if their next Award is imminent, it might be worth waiting for this to lessen the sewing! The highest of each of the Staged Activity Badges (turqouise) may be sewn onto the Cub uniform but they must be removed once your child has gained the next badge so often parents choose not to worry about this either! They are all worn on the cub uniform in the same place as on the beaver uniform but you can check the Position of Badges on the Cub Uniform if you are unsure.
If you are unsure about any of the badges or their position on the beaver uniform, please speak to your Beaver Leader or e-mail the webmaster to check.