Scouts Uniform & Award Scheme
As part of the world wide Scout movement Scouts have their own uniform.
Scouts wear a blue uniform shirt with dark green highlight on the collar and sleeves together with navy blue pants or shorts and a belt. They also wear the blue and black 1st / 14th Brighton Sea Scouts scarf, a woggle and badges.
The uniform may be worn before the Scout is "invested" or becomes a member, but the scarf and woggle will only be presented to them at their investiture ceremony and cannot be worn until then.
Appropriate footwear also is also needed. Sneakers, sand shoes or other closed toed shoes are good. Bare feet, thongs or crocs are not allowed.
Scouts are "Sun Smart" and need to wear a broad rimmed hat or something similar when participating in any outdoor activities.
For most meetings at the Scout Hall and excursions the uniform will be worn. Your Scout section leader will let you know if there are activities, such as one where you might get dirty, where you will wear "mufti" or casual clothes.
Scout Badge Placement
All badges need to be sewn onto the Scouts shirt in specific locations. The diagram below shows the correct placement.
Scout Award Scheme
The Scout Award Scheme provides the main focus for Patrol and Troop activities and gives suitable recognition to Scouts for achievement. Following a Scout's Investiture, they complete the Scoutcraft Badge and then may earn Targets to become a Pioneer, Explorer and Adventurer Scout. Target requirements provide for going places and doing the adventurous, appealing things that Scouts enjoy, including camping, hiking, exploring, swimming, boating, track and field, fitness activities, and environment projects and practices, usually in the company of the Patrol or other Scouts.
The Scoutcraft Badge is the firts badge completed by every new Scout. The Scoutcraft Badge is earned within four to six weeks of you joining the Troop. Your Patrol Leader and Scout Leader work together to carry out the training and testing for this badge.
There are three levels of Target badges; Pioneer, Explorer and Adventurer. To achieve each level the Scout must complete the two compulsory Campcraft and Citizenship Target badges, plus one of the six elective Target badges at available each level.
- - The Pioneer Badge (Red) concentrates on participation and learning.
- - The Explorer Badge (Blue) concentrates on knowledge and skill.
- - The Adventurer Badge (Green) concentrates on instructing others.
The elective Target badges available at each level are:
- - Air Activities
- - Construction
- - Emergencies
- - Environment
- - Water Activities
- - Water Safety
The aim of the Proficiency Badge system is to allow the Scout to develop in a challenging and interesting pursuit. To achieve a Proficiency Badge the Scout must fulfil requirements set in conjunction with their Adviser and which include the three elements of demonstrate/investigate, skill and an activity. There are 31 Scout Proficiency Badges.
Top Rope Climbing
Special Interest Badges
There are nine other badges that may be worn.
The following five may be used as Proficiency Badges: Amateur Radio Operator Badge, Anchor Badge, Deaf Sign Language Badge, Faith Awareness Badge, Language Emblem.
The following three may be used as Target Badges: First Aid Badge, Landcare Badge, World Scout Environment Badge.
Their Service Our Heritage Badge is a participation badge which may be worn by both adult and youth Members.
Patrol Activity Badges
The Patrol Activity Badge is an important part of the Award Scheme. You and your Patrol or Activity Patrol are given a wide choice of interest and skills to pursue in small group activities. These activities are organised and run by you with a minimum of adult involvement. You are required to earn one Patrol Activity Badge for each of the Target levels in order to earn your Cord for that level. While you may earn as many Patrol Activity Badges are you wish, only one for each level is worn on your uniform.
Scout Leadership Course
The Scout Leadership Course aims to provide suitable leadership skills for Scouts, utilising a practical "hands on" approach. This course is organised and run in line with the Patrol System, and can be undertaken on completion of the Pioneer Badge.
Australian Scout Medallion
The Australian Scout Medallion is the highest award in the Scout Section. It is considered the pinnacle of Scouting at this stage. To earn the Australian Scout Medallion a Scout must:
- Participate in a Scout Leadership Course after completion of the Pioneer Badge
- Demonstrate an active leadership role in Scouting
- Achieve the Adventurer Cord.
Acknowledgment: Information to create this page was sourced from the Scouts Victoria (Scouts Central) website.