Joey Scouts have a series of challenges aimed at the age group to allow Joey Scouts to strive to earn a badge in a fun, and achievable way.
Each of these challenges can be done with their Mob and some of the challenges have sections that you might like to do with your Joey as a family.
Speak to your Joey Scout Leader about how your Joey can begin the first challenge!
Care and Share Challenge
A month of special activities is organised by the Joey Scout Leader to help Joey Scouts understand the concept of caring and sharing in the community.
The Joeys look at different levels of caring and sharing, for friends, for the Scout Group, for the community... they learn that even small contributions add up and can make a difference. You might visit a local nursing home or make a contribution to a charity, help to tidy up the local park, or share something special with the Mob such as a new game that they have learned.
Buddy Mob Challenge
Joey Scout Mobs visit each other and share activities to help build a friendship between different Mobs and create new experiences.
They learn that their Joey mob is part of a world wide movement.
The whole Joey Scout Mob undertakes four simple environment tasks to help develop an appreciation and respect for the natural environment and a sense of responsibility towards it.
The challenges include activities such as;
learning about native birds and animals, learning about native plants, collecting seeds and planting the seedlings,
- Learning about conservation and identifying weeds and pests
- recycling and re-using, and cleaning up litter
- participating in an environmental activity such as 'Clean up Australia Day' or 'Murray Darling Rescue'.
There are four parts to the badge and all must be completed for the badge to be awarded.
Your Joey Scout Leader may have some ideas to fit the program and will welcome your suggestions and contributions.
This challenge is designed to broaden each Joey Scout's life experiences through visiting places they might not usually visit, such as the beach, zoo, a museum, the bush or a farm. They will need to undertake two adventures.
The Joeys will need to take picture, draw or write about their adventures.
The Promise Challenge is an individual badge designed for the 7 year old Joey Scout. It is the major Challenge for the Joey Scout Section and has individual elements as well as activities to do with the Mob.
Achieving the Promise Challenge Badge helps older Joey Scouts to obtain a better understanding of the Scout Promise and Law, the history of Scouting, and Lord Baden Powell, the founder of Scouting.
When each component of the Promise Challenge has been completed, it is submitted for approval by the Branch Commissioner for Joey Scouts.
While this is not strictly a Challenge Badge, the Link badge is earned when an older Joey Scout begins the process of visiting and learning about the Cub Scout Pack.
Your Joey Scout Leader will provide you with a card that explains the process and go along with your Joey to their first Cub Scout meeting to introduce them and make them feel comfortable with the "big kids"
This process can begin at the age of seven and a half and usually takes four weeks of visits. Joey Scouts should move up to Cub Scouts by their eighth birthday.
For information about these badges see your Joey Scout Leader or to see where where to put these badges click on the menu option on the left hand side