Activity PLUS badges can be awarded if you develop your skills or knowledge to a higher level than the activity badge.
It should represent a significant achievement, taking into account your abilities and the nature of the activity, as well as local facilities.
To gain this badge, Scouts must complete the requirements below:
  1. Hold the relevant activity badge.
  2. Agree a target with the Troop leadership team before seeking to gain a PLUS badge, This should involve taking part in additional training or involvement in the activity, in order to develop further your knowledge and/ or skills.
    Examples of appropriate targets might be:
    1. For the canoeist PLUS, achieve the BCU Paddlepower Discover
    2. For the pulling PLUS take charge of a boat under oars
    3. For the meteorologist PLUS, keep a weather diary for an agreed number of months
    4. For the dragon boating PLUS, train for a month as part of a team to compete in a national dragon boat competition.
  3. Achieve the target to the satisfaction of the Troop leadership team.


A PLUS badge can be awarded for any activity badge, apart from the following: any staged activity badge, Basic Aviation Skills, Aviation Skills, Advanced Aviation Skills, Basic Nautical Skills, Nautical Skills, Advanced Nautical Skills.
If you need help designing alternatives to these requirements for those with special needs please contact the Special Needs Office at Gilwell Park.