To earn the Skills Challenge, you must :

1 Regularly take part in physical activities over a period of four to six weeks. Keep a record showing your improvement. Your goal could be to develop in an activity or successfully complete a challenge. Physical activity / challenge suggestions:

  • circuit training
  • football skill training
  • aerobic routine
  • synchronised swimming routine
  • Zumba aerobics
  • tap dancing
  • team sports
  • charity swim
  • long distance cycle ride
  • incident hike
  • athletic event
  • pool life-saving test
  • dance competition.

2 Show you understand why eating a sensible diet and getting enough sleep is important.


3 Do some research so that you can explain the dangers and harmful effects of smoking, alcohol and drugs.

4 Learn and use at least five of these skills:

  • Mend or customise an item of clothing.
  • Cook and serve a two-course meal, for at least four people.

Scout - Skills

  • Fix a puncture or a dropped chain on a bike.
  • Wash up after a meal, making sure everything is clean and dry.
  • Use a washing machine to wash a load of clothes.
  • Iron your uniform shirt.
  • Change a lightbulb, in a ceiling light.
  • Set a heating timer and thermostat as needed for the time of year.
  • Clean a toilet, hob or oven.
  • Do another similar home skill.

5 Take part in at least three activities that require a number of problem solving skills.


Top tip: You may like to try, or use, one or more of the following Activity Badges as part of this Challenge - Angler, Athletics, Athletics Plus, Circus Skills, DIY, Electronics, Hobbies, Librarian, Martial Arts, Mechanic, Media Relations and Marketing, Physical Recreation, Sports Enthusiast or Street Sports.

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