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A set of activities for Scouts to identify and develop challenges for the Personal Challenge Award


Paper, Printed Cards and Workpack


MORE INFO HERE http://www.2ndsouthampton.org.uk/scouts/resources-for-scout-leaders/personal-challenges/

A set of activities for scouts to identify personal qualities and decide challenges for the personal challenge award. We did this in a single evening but feel free to adapt it to your needs.

Paper, Printed 'What am I good at' Cards and Booklet (1 per Scout)


Identify strongest skills and personal qualities.
Decide on skills and personal qualities which you would like to be better at.
Discuss with peers and adults how these areas can be developed.
Decide on 1 (or 2) personal challenges to complete.
Activity 1 (10 Mins)

Gather the whole troop together in a circle. Discuss the Personal Challenge Award and any questions they have.
Tell scouts that it is important to always do your best and challenge yourself. In the future this means you’ll develop more skills, take part in more experiences and be better than you think at doing things.
Ask a Scout to read aloud the Scout Law. Ask Scouts to rate themselves out of 10 for how well they live by the Scout law. Ask if they have any initial challenges they could set themselves based on the Scout law.
Possible answers: Don’t tell lies, tidy my room, do this washing up, don’t fight with my siblings etc.
Tell the group these are good ideas but we’ll be developing them further.
Activity 2 (10 Mins)

Give each Scout a pack of ‘What am I good at?’ cards. Then read each one aloud.
Organising and being tidy.
Looking after my things.
Helping my Mum and Dad around the house.
Physical activities (Eg: Football, Running)
Being a good friend and helping others.
Behaviour (Either at Home, School or Scouts)
Doing my best (Not just at Scouts)
Making the best use of my time.(Rather than being lazy)
Making things. (Arts and Crafts)
Teaching skills to others
Trying out new activities

Find a clear space on the floor (or at a table) and order the cards as a list based on how good you are at each skill/quality from strongest to weakest. - Ask adults to help Scouts who may have difficulty reading/deciding.
Complete page 1 of the ‘Personal Challenge’ Booklet – Write out name, top 3 and bottom 3 skills/qualities
Hand cards back in to leaders
Tell Scouts to Pair with a friend and find an empty place on the floor. Discuss answers from Activity 2 for 2 minutes with your friend. Do they agree with you?
Activity 3 (10 mins)

Tell your Scouts that they are you going base their challenges around improving their 3 weakest skills? Talk to your friend. Do they have any ideas for your challenges?
You can read through the example challenges from the ‘Example Challenges List’ to give ideas.
On a scrap piece of paper ask scouts to write their names and give up to 3 challenges which they think would be good for them to do.
Collect in paper and booklets.
Activity 4

For the rest of the meeting do something totally different and more practical such as a game. During the game have a leader (or 2) call up scouts to discuss and set their final challenge(s). We did this sat at a desk with chairs.
Write up agreed challenges for each scouts booklet together with a signed agreement between the scouts and leaders.
Be sure to mention what they are going to do and how they are planning to achieve it with a target completion date.
If a challenge can not be agreed. Communicate with parents to set a challenge.

What Am I good at Cards - Download
Scouts Booklet - Download
Example Poster showing all challenges (emailed to parents and placed on Noticeboard)
Example Challenge List

• Cook a 3 course meal at home for your family.
• Successfully lead a whole day of cooking on camp.
• Cook a pudding at home to share with the whole troop

Organising and being tidy.
• Organise a small fundraising event
• Keep your bedroom tidy for a minimum of a month.
• Be responsible for packing/unpacking equipment from the QM store for 3 camps.
• Be responsible for recording the register at Scouts for a term.

Looking after my things.
• Successfully grow a plant from seed
• Take your dog for a walk every day for two weeks, even if it’s raining

Helping my Mum and Dad around the house.
• Take your dog for a walk every day for two weeks, even if it’s raining.
• Take on extra chores at home and complete them every week for at least a month.

Physical activities
(Eg: Football, Running)
• Coach our sports team at a district competition
• Take part in your local ParkRun for a month (or other 5km run).
• Join a School sports club.
• Improve your swimming. Set a goal and beat it.

Being a good friend and helping others.
• Take part in a local litterpick in your community.
• Invite a friend from school to try Scouts.
• Take a neighbours dog for a walk on a regular basis.
• Help an elderly member of your family with their chores or shopping.
• Put on a bake-sale to raise funds for the troop.
• Run a stall at a school fayre.

• Make a commitment to improve your behaviour at School, Home and Scouts. After 1 month provide a written statement from a teacher, parent and leader

Doing my best / Resilience
• Make a commitment to improve something you already do such as playing a musical instrument.
• Take part in a school performance – and invite the scouts!
• Reach a target grade in a school subject you find hard.

Making the best use of my time / Initiative
• Learn a new skill and demonstrate it to the troop
• Make a commitment to volunteer for an event
• Try something new that you have put off trying before
• Take your dog for a walk every day for two weeks, even if it’s raining
• Help clear up after a scout event

Making things. (Arts and Crafts)
• Create a model using a kit and show it to the group.
• Paint a picture.
• Write a song
• Make a set of survival bracelets for your partol
• Enter a national design or creative competition e.g National Geographic Design Competition

Teaching skills to others / Leadership
• Help a new Scout complete their welcome pack
• Talk about a topic you are interested in in front of the troop
• Coach our sports team at a district competition
• Lead a series of activities at Scout meeting or on a camp.

Trying out new activities
• Make a commitment to try a new activity and follow it up with a talk back to the troop
• Overcome a fear of phobia

• Take home a stuffed toy and remember to bring it to scouts every week for a term
• Recite the NATO phonetic alphabet.
• Find out an interesting fact to tell the Scout troop every week for a term

• Contribute an article to the district website/newsletter
• Perform in a scout or school production
• Bring in 3 interesting objects from the forest and tell the troop about them.
• Produce a short film outlining the importance of road safety (or other topic)


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