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Connect

There is strong evidence that indicates that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world.

All of these badge requirements are suggestions and alternatives can be substituted by leaders and young people. This award is designed to be very flexible. Requirements can also be adapted to suit each young persons abilities. We’ve tried to link the requirements to other Scout badges to make it easy to build into your programme.

Beavers+

Complete 3 Challenges

• Who are members of your family?
• Who are your friends?
• Who else do you know in your community? Shop workers, library staff etc (My World)
• Ask them or others how they are on three different days, what do they say? (Listening skills).
• What do your family and friends like doing that helps them to be happy?
• Links to be active and other activities … (Teamwork)
• Learn how to phone a member of your family and have a chat with them. (Communicator 1)
• Call/FaceTime/Visit someone you know and ask how they are. (Communicator 1)
• Attend a colony, group, district or county event. (Teamwork)
• Show that you are a good friend. (Teamwork 6)
• Work with other Beavers to make something or complete a challenge together. (Teamwork 2)
• Make some instruments and give a performance. (My Skills 3, Musician, Creative 1)
• Act, mime or tell a story to an audience. This can be videoed and played back to the audience. (My Skills 3, Creative 1)
• Go on a walk and have a conversation with a friend or family member. (My Skills 2)

Cubs+

Complete 5 Challenges

• Have a phone call with someone you have not spoken to in a while (Communicator item 2)
• Get in contact with another cub from another group by sending letters, emails or videos (Communicator item 5b)
• Take part in JOTA/JOTI (Communicator item 5i)
• Arrange to meet up for a walk with someone you have not seen in a while (Our Skills item 2)
• Take part in a county or district event and join in with team events (Team building)
• Make some instruments and give a performance (Entertainer item 1f, Musician)
• Tell a story, give a puppet or shadow puppet show or perform some magic tricks to an audience. This can be videoed and played back to the audience. (Entertainer)

Scouts+

Complete 7 Challenges

• Speak to a different scout within district/county/internationally to maybe talk about your program and compare. (Communicator, International) 
• Reach out to a local community project / asset e.g care homes (Community Impact) 
• Look into your family history and draw out a family tree with family. 
• Attend a county or district event. (Teamwork) 
• Attend a Youth forum meeting and express your point of view. 
• JOTI/JOTA (International) 
• Phone a friend or relative and ask how they are. (Communicator 3a)
• Send a creative text or video message inviting a friend to a Scouts event. (Communicator 3c)
• Write a letter to a pen pal. (Writer 1i)
• Interview someone interesting and write or type the questions and answers. Share your findings. (Writer 1h)
• Write a play or poem and share it with your troop or family. Video can be used., (Writer 1a/g)
• Investigate and contact Scouts in another country., (World 6)
• Make some instruments and give a performance. (Creative 1, Musician)
• Take part in a performance, e.g., magic tricks, a gymnastics display, sketch, street dance or play. This can be videoed and played back to the audience. (Entertainer, Creative 1)

Explorers, Network and Leaders

Complete 10 Challenges

• Attend a county or district event. 
• Attend a Youth forum meeting and express your point of view. 
• Attend a camp, plan part of the camp and learn a new skill. (Camper Badge, Nights Away) 
• Speak to a different scout within the county/internationally to talk about your program and compare. (Digital, International) 
• Take part in Eurojam, World Jamboree etc (International) 
• Reach out to a local community project / asset e.g care homes (Community Impact, Global Issues) 
• Look into your family history and draw out a family tree with family. 
•  JOTI, JOTA (International)

Some challenges or ideas of your own!