B & Q sponsor the Scout DIY badge. Some great resources will shortly be available and will include activity ideas that leaders can use to help Scouts gain their badge.
Complete the requirements below:
  1. Be able to work safety in the home minimising dangers to yourself and others. Have knowledge of:
    • hazard symbols and signs (for example: toxic, flammable, irritant, electrical danger, slippery surface)
    • safety equipment (for example: goggles, gloves, masks, ear defenders).
    • how and where to turn off main supplies (water, electricity, gas) to the house. Know how to isolate individual electrical circuits at the consumer unit.
  2. Show or explain how you would deal with four DIY emergencies from the list below:
    • unblocking a sink
    • renewing a tap washer
    • curing an airlock in water or radiator pipes
    • thawing frozen pipes
    • patching a leaking pipe
    • adjusting the float arm of a cistern
    • fitting a fused electrical plug to a cable
    • replacing a mains fuse or resetting a mains circuit breaker
    • changing a light bulb
    • helping to repair a broken window
    • repairing a tear in clothes or upholstery
    • removing common stains eg ink, wine, and coffee
  3. Take an active part in two major DIY projects, indoors or out, such as:
    • insulating a loft and/or fitting draught proofing to windows and doors
    • insulating a cold-water storage tank, pipes and hot water cylinder
    • planning a colour scheme for a room and preparing a sample board
    • preparing and painting, papering or tiling the walls of a room
    • preparing and painting woodwork or furniture
    • fitting a curtain track and hanging curtains
    • making a freestanding storage unit or putting up shelves
    • covering a floor with vinyl overlay, lino, tiles or carpet
    • hanging a door and fitting or repairing locks and other door furniture
    • carrying out a home security survey and take action to making the house more secure by fitting window locks, marking property with a UV pen, or fitting a burglar alarm
    • laying a patio or path
    • building a low wall, barbecue, gate or fence
    • creating and maintain a garden pond
    • repairing bodywork on a car and clean and polish the car
    • any other project(s) of a similar skill level as agreed with an adult


The Scout should be made aware that there are regulations that limit what an amateur may do in the home. Adult supervision is required for many of these projects.
If you need help designing alternatives to these requirements for those with special needs please contact the Special Needs Office at Gilwell Park.