To gain this badge, Scouts must complete the requirements of one of the following alternatives:

Alternative A

  1. Take up a hobby or interest for which you do not already have an activity badge.
  2. Keep a record of involvement for a period agreed with a member of the leadership team.

Alternative B

  1. Make a collection or study of objects over an agreed period. Examples are stamps, metal badges, teaspoons or bookmarks.
  2. Talk to a group about the collection or study chosen. Explain the reason for the choice.


This badge is designed for those who regularly pursue a hobby for which there is no specific activity badge.
The Scout can gain more than one Hobbies badge. Alternative requirements can be agreed with a member of the Troop leadership team.
If you need help designing alternatives to these requirements for those with special needs please contact the Special Needs Office at Gilwell Park.