Badge courses for certain badges are run by the Region. Scouts meet other scouts and make great friends on these courses and they learn new skills to an externally set standard. As a troop, we are fully supportive of badge courses and all our scouts are required to attend badge courses when they fulfill the criteria. Attendance on badge courses raises the general skill level of the troop and ensures that all scouts are able to fully participate in the activities of the troop.
Why do we control registration for certain courses?
There are several reasons for this:
- Attendance on courses is beneficial if the scout is of the right maturity to understand the content of the course;
- The scout will enjoy the course more if they are not struggling to cope due to being too young;
- More of our scouts attend courses when we inform them the courses are available and encourage them to attend;
- Advancement is not held up (this is less likely under the Entsha program as the scout can continue to progress without the badge for an extended period).
See below on the “core badges” for which badges we like to have controlled attendance.
Booking on courses
Scouts are informed by email from the troop which badge courses they must register for. Of course, they may not be able to register due to school or other commitments and they may have to wait another year. Registration for badge courses is on Scouts Digital.
Registration in on the login of the scout and NOT on the login of the parent. This is a limitation on Scouts Ditigal that we have no control over.
Once registered you should make the required payment and upload the proof of Payment to Scouts Digital. If you have paid and are not accepted on the course then your payment will be refunded to you by the Region. Generally scouts who have paid get preference so please register and pay immediately and upload the proof of payment to Scouts Digital.
Courses, Advancement and Age
Badge courses have different entry requirements. If the course is undersubscribed then the entry requirements may be waived by the Course Director. If the Course is oversubscibed, then the entry requirements are more likely to be applied strictly. Although we mostly comply with the requirements, sometimes we believe the scout is ready to attend the course even though they may not fulfill the exact requirements. In this case we request the scout to register – if the Course Director does not accept them then they are still able to go another year.
We consider the following badge courses to be “core” to our troop and attendance is determined by the troop. 1st Claremont Scouts may not register themselves on these badge courses without being requested to do so the Troop Scouter. The “core” badges are:
- Pioneering (Scoutcraft and Interest),
- Cooking (Scoutcraft and Interest),
- Mapping (Scoutcraft and Interest),
- Backwoods (Scoutcraft and Interest),
- First Aid (Scoutcraft and Interest),
- LDC 1,
- LDC 2
Other badge courses are not quite as important but scouts are strongly encouraged to attend them. For this reason, we notify the eligible scouts of the courses. These courses are:
- Conservation Badge Scoutcraft
- Hike Leader Interest.
All other badge courses can be attended by scouts at their own discretion and in their own time, dependant on their fulfilling the criteria of the specific course.
Equipment for courses
Some courses require specialised equipment from scouts. This equipment must be booked out on the Thursday before the course begins. This is important as a scouter will otherwise have to make a special trip to the hall to allow equipment to be withdrawn. Equipment must be returned on the Thursday after the course ends. It must be booked back in by the scout with an adult scouter so that we are sure that all equipment is returned or, if it has been lost, that we know what is missing.