Where do all the badges go? Not sure where badges belong on your Scout's uniform? Check the badge placement chart here or look below.
For a great visual explanation of where badges go as Scouts progress through the award scheme, watch this short video:
How do Patrols work? A Patrol is a small team of 5-8 Scouts which Scouts work in when at Scout on on camps and activities. Each Patrol is made up of Scouts of mixed ages, genders and experience, and is led by a Patrol Leader (or PL for short) and an Assistant Patrol Leader (or APL), who are older Scouts who make sure the Patrol is happy, having fun, learning lots and achieving their goals. Patrols are supported by Leaders, but often work independently from other Scouts in the Troop or from Leaders. A Patrol may decide to camp by themselves for the weekend with minimal Leader supervision, or may want to work together to achieve an award or attend an event.
Scouts, parents and everyone else involved in Scouting benefits when they understand the way the Patrol System works and the benefits it offers our Scouts. Watch the Patrol System video for an in-depth understanding of this foundation of Scouting: https://youtu.be/cQcPRrh5AtE
What qualifications do Leaders have? Every Leader holds current, valid Working With Children Check and undergoes regular Police Checks. Leaders undertake extensive training both online and face-to-face; in their first year alone, many Leaders undergo more than 60 hours of training covering how to work with young people, the Scout Method, first aid, running activities and camps, keeping Scouts safe and so much more. It's intensive, nationally recognised training. Many Leaders also hold other qualifications, including first aid, advanced outdoor activities and more, as well as their professional credentials.