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The British Boy Scouts & The British Girl Scouts Association
BBS Scout Badge Guide
BBS Scout Training Scheme
Admission Tests And Proficiency Badges
This Handbook replaces that of the same title in the same series.
First Edition 1933
Second Edition September 1985
Third Edition March 1986
Fourth Edition July 1993
Fifth Edition February 1999
Sixth Edition February 2014
February 2014 ISSN 0267-4068
|Scouts: British Boy Scouts (BBS)
|Scouts: British Girl Scouts (BGS)
|Scouts: Badges and Rank Insignia
|Training Scheme: Scouts
|Method of Wearing
|Scout Admission Test: Tenderfoot
|The Scout Cord
|The Ki-Ro Badges
|Appendix A Scout Patrol Names and Colours
|General Policy and Regulations Applicable To Scouts
|Child and Young Persons Protection and Safeguarding Policies
|Scout Troop Scouters'/Officers' Titles
|General Safety At Meetings and Out and About
|Membership and Age Range
|General Uniform Badges All Sections
|Co-Operation between Sections
|Co-Operation with Other Organisations
In the description of uniform 'Scout Colours' refers to the traditional colours of Khaki, Navy Blue, Green or Grey.
Pictures of the uniform and further information may be found on the uniform page,
As British Boy Scouts and British Girl Scouts with the following variations:
As British Boy Scouts and British Girl Scouts with the following variations:
Scouters/Officers when they are with their Group shall wear the neckerchief of the Scout Group.
When Scouter/Officers are not with their Group or Company they may wear either their Scout Group neckerchief or the 'Order of World Scout' neckerchief for those holding the 'Wood Badge' issued by the 'Order of World Scouts'.
Shoes must be of appropriate colour and must be standard within a section selected from black or brown.
Appropriate accessories can be worn or carried suitable to any given occasion:
Sheath Knives, must not be worn in public places, other than at Camp and as part of the Uniform.
Folding Pocket Knives may be carried at any time, provided the blade does not exceed 8cm (3 inches). Pocket Knives with longer blades must not be carried in public places.
A Scout wears the following badges:
In Uniform a cloth badge with the letters BBS or BGS superimposed in red on a white arrow with a black ground, worn mid-point between elbow and shoulder of the right sleeve; A cloth badge with a white 'Peace Lily' Fleur-de-lys on a blue background or a 'Red Fluer-de-lys' at the discretion of the Scout Group but must be consistent throughout worn on the left breast of the shirt or blouse.
A Patrol Seconder wears in addition, on the left breast of the shirt or blouse, one stripe of White braid, 15mm wide and 8cm long, on the right hand side of the Fleur-de-lys badge.
A Patrol Leader wears two stripes of White braid as above either side of the Fleur-de-lys badge.
A Troop Leader wears three stripes of White braid, with the third stripe behind the Fleur-de-lys badge.
The General scheme of Scout badges is as follows:
Badge positions are shown in detail on the uniform badge position page
Proficiency badges are worn on the right arm in parallel rows between the shoulder and elbow below and above the BBS or BGS membership badge, except as follows:
Before being invested, the Candidate must be told something about the founding of the Scout Movement by, and the life of, Baden-Powell and the history of the BBS. The Scout must satisfy the SM in the following tests:
Before awarding the Second Class badge the Scout must pass the following tests:
Before being awarded the Second Class badge, the Scout Master will ensure that the Scout understands the Scout Promise/Pledge and Scout Law in accordance with the Scouts age and development, and is a satisfactory member of his/her patrol.
Before being awarded the First Class badge, a Second Class Scout must pass the following tests:
A braided lanyard in Scout green, worn over the right shoulder.
Before being awarded the Scout Cord, a Scout must:
Hold the First Class Badge and six proficiency badges, one of which must be selected from; Backwoodsman, Explorer and Pioneer and one from Camper, Cook, Stalker, Starman, Weatherman, Woodcraftsman.
The Scout Cord will be worn wear it until such time as the Scout gains the Bushman's thong.
The following Proficiency Badges may be earned by Scouts:
Air Apprentice; Air Glider; Aircraft Spotter N2; Aircraft Modeller; Angler; Athlete; Backwoodsman; Bandsman; Basket Maker; Bellringer; Boatswain's Mate; Bookbinder; Camper; Canoeist; Cook; Coxswain N2; Cyclist N2; Designer; Explorer; Firefighter N2; First Aid N2; Gardener; Guide N2; Helmsman; Jobman N2; Joiner; Leather Worker; Lifesaver N2; Linquist N2; Marksman; Master-at-arms; Metal Worker; Missioner N2; Music Maker; Oarsman; Observer; Photographer; Pioneer; Piper; Printer; Reader; Rider; Rope Spinner; Scribe; Signaller; Small Holder; Speaker; Sportsman; Stalker; Stamp Collector; Starman; Swimmer; Weatherman; Wirelessman; and Woodcraftmans.
More information on Proficiency Badges may be found here
Proficiency badges marked thus N2 are public service badges.
Syllabi for all the above badges are available on request from GHQ.
Information about the Ki-Ro badge may be found here
The Ki-Ro Badge
Each Patrol is identified by a Patrol name. A Shoulder Knot of identifying colours is worn by each member of the Patrol. The Patrol Knot consists of two pieces of braid 2.5cm wide, 27cm in length, laid together and folded in half. The Knot is attached at the fold to the left shoulder at the beginning of the epaulette. The first colour stated in the Patrol name list is the outer colour, the second colour being the inner colour. Where a single colour is stated, both pieces of braid are of that colour. The list of permitted Patrol names is given below.
45 'beasts' (including snakes & bat) 45 'birds' 90 Patrols in all.
N1 Original Patrols of the Brownsea Island Camp of 1907.
N2 Original list of Patrols in Scouting for Boys 1908.
N3 Original Patrols of the 1909 BBS Manual.
N4 Boys Life Brigade Patrols 1916
N5 Unique BBS & BGS Patrols.
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A Scout Troop must form part of a BBS Scout Group, and the Scout Group must register the Scout Troop under their Scout Group Registration, as for all Sections. The Scout Troop Scouters/Officers must apply for the appropriate warrant for their rank, the forms for which are available from the Group Scout Master or from the BBS Headquarters. Please note that a Scout Troop may be permitted to be formed in advance of a full Scout Group being established with the approval of the BBS Headquarters.
The Association's policies and procedure for these are obtainable on request from the BBS Headquarters. All warranted Scouters/Officers will need to complete forms relating to these policies and undergo checks to ensure that the Association policies are being fully complied with.
The Scout Group is responsible for their own Public Liability and any Personal Injury insurance that must be in line with the BBS Headquarters' requirements in order to qualify for registration of the Association.
The ranks for leaders follow similar to those in the other Sections of the Scout Group and are all warranted posts, in order of rank is the 'Scout Master' (SM) or 'Lady Senior Scout Master' (SM), then the assistants referred to as 'Assistant Scout Master' (ASM) or 'Lady Assistant Senior Scout Master' (ASM).
The titles or names for the Scout Scouters/Officers are traditionally taken from Naval Ranking. Therefore the name 'SKIP' must be used for the Scout Master. Names for Assistant Scout Masters and any adult helpers will be left to the discretion of the Section concerned, but the names that can be selected from are - 'BOSUN'; 'ENSIGN'; 'PURSER'; 'GUNNER'; 'STITCHY'; 'CHIPPY'; 'SPARKY'; 'MIDSHIPS' as typical examples.
The training of Scout Troop Scouters/Officers follows the same course as for all other Sections, consisting of a 'Preliminary Training Course' (PTC) that will probably be carried out over a weekend, or two day sessions or maybe several evening sessions. At the end of the course a Certificate will be issued and a two-stranded Turk's Head Woggle will be presented.
After completing the PTC comes the 'Part 1 Correspondence Element' consisting of three Studies, each Study consisting of questions to which you, as the Candidates, will have to find the answers by either reading or in discussion groups with others. Each Study will be checked by a Reader appointed for that purpose and then the next Study can be undertaken. On completion of the Correspondence Element a further Certificate will be issued.
Following this will be the 'Part 2 Practical Residential Course' over a long weekend or several short weekends, in which the practical skills of Scouting will be presented. A further Certificate will be issued on Completion of 'Part 2'.
'Part 3 Probationary Period', a probationary period usually of around three months will then take place, after which a report will be submitted by the Group Scout Master, on the suitability of the candidate in putting into practice what has been learned during the 'Wood Badge Training'.
When a recommendation as to the suitability has been received by the Trainers, a further Certificate will be issued, together with the 'Wood Badge' insignia proper and the 'Order of World Scouts' Wood Badge neckerchief.
Whilst the above is not compulsory, it is hoped that all Scouters/Officers will want to become as proficient as possible and will undertake that training. We can all benefit from an exchange of ideas which is inevitably a product of such training.
Safety in the Troop Meetings - Where there are boisterous games it is necessary to remove out of harm's way all things that are likely to cause injury, e.g. tables and chairs, ropes and other equipment not required for that game and especially sharp or pointed objects. Look out for things likely to lead to accidents.
Safety on the Road - The 'Green Cross Code' is an essential part of our Scouting programme and all Scouts should be made well aware of this and be putting this into practice on all outdoor activities and expeditions. This is particularly important if a Patrol or Troop have a need to cross or walk along a road. Other applicable part of the Highway Code must also be learned and put into practice when appropriate, particularly the sections applicable to pedestrians and cyclist.
First Aid - All Scout Troops should have to immediate hand a comprehensive First Aid Kit. This should contain the normal requirements items for dealing with cuts and scratches, grazes and bruises. In addition a small note book to record any details of injuries sustained and the treatment given and by whom, along with the name of the Scout, the date and time and finally the location. A current edition of the First Aid Manual issued by the British Red Cross or similar authority must be kept in the First Aid Kit.
Any head injury which appears to have concussed the injured person should be dealt with at the nearest hospital.
Wherever possible one of the Scouters/Officers in the Scout Troop should be trained in First Aid and preferably hold a valid STA 'Activity First Aid' and 'Emergency First Aid Ay Work' Certificate, or have attended a First Aid Course offered by the British Red Cross or similar authority to the same level.
On all outings carry a First Aid Kit.
If You Are Not Equipped To Deal With A Specific Incident, Get Someone Who Can.
Scout Meetings - should be arranged to suit the age group. Meeting lengths of time are flexible for this Section, but normally they will last approximately two hours, and of course as much as possible within the programme should be arranged for outdoor activities.
Court of Honour - is a body composed of the Scout Troop Scouters/Officers, Patrol Leaders; Patrol Seconders may also be members, but their presence is not desirable in cases concerning discipline. The Scout Troop Scouters/Officers present, should act in an advisory capacity only. The Court of Honour is responsible for guarding the honour of the Scout Troop, for arranging the programme of the Scout Troop activities, and for internal administration. It is one of the methods by which Patrol Leaders are trained. The Court of Honour should be called periodically and also held possibly daily when in camp or other expeditions and activities that are spread over a number of days.
Scout Council - It is advisable that a Scout Council meeting should be held at regular intervals. This is an informal meeting of the Scout Troop Scouters/Officers with any other adults working with the Section, to discuss programmes and activities.
Membership subscriptions should be levied on the individual Scouts. This should be determined by the Group Scout Master in consultation with the Scout Master and should be a reasonable amount, bearing in mind local conditions and expenses incurred in running the Scout Troop as a part of the Scout Group. The monies must be properly accounted for and banked with the Scout Group Treasurer, and the monies expended at the discretion of the Group Scout Master in consultation with the Scout Master. A float could be issued for the Scout Master's accountable cash purchases for the Scout Troop.
Both Boys and Girls are eligible to join this Section when they have attained the age of 10.5 years. They transfer to the Senior Scouts when they have achieved the age of 15 years.
BBS and BGS Arrow Badges - Two of these Association badges are worn, one on the right breast of the jersey and one on the right arm at the same height as the breast badge.
Scout Group Nametape - The Scout Group nametape is worn at the top of the right arm shoulder of the jersey, following the shoulder seam around.
Order Of World Scouts Badge - This badge is worn on the right breast of the jersey just below the BBS and BGS Arrow badge. This badge is the badge worn by all members of the international 'Order of World Scouts' (OWS), the international membership badge.
The Scout Troop cannot exist in isolation as it is, nor should be, it must be a Section of a Scout Group (unless a new group just forming with Scouts only to start with). There must be contact and interactions with the Beavers, Wolf Cub Pack and the Senior Scout Troop on regular occasions to show a good Scouting example to the younger Sections, as well as knowing other Section Scouters/Officers and members of other Sections that they are members of a family in Scouting. Combined activities are very important and all Scouts should fully support these that may be organised by the Scout Group, such joint activities as parades; hikes; parent and members games; fetes and fund raising; Christmas parties, etc.
Joint activities with young persons of comparable ages in other organisations such as the Guides and other associations' Scout Sections, Church youth groups, or competitions with school teams are to be encouraged. As our aim is the promotion of our Scouting and all it stands for, and to be seen taking a useful role in community activities and society, we must therefore participate in outside activities and fully support these activities; and not permit the membership to be lukewarm in their participation of these joint or share activities, thereby letting the Scout Group down.
We are principally a Christian Scout Association as such Church Parades and attendance at one's own Church is an essential element for Scouting, embedded in its Scout Promise/Pledge and Scout Law. Therefore Scouts must be encouraged to fully participate in all the Scout Group Church Parades, particularly the St. George's Day Church Parade where the Scouts re-affirm their Scout Pledge/Promise and Scout Law. Monthly Church Parades are recommended in order to fulfil the important elements within the Scout Pledge/Promise and Scout Law with minimum attendance targets set for members. Scouts should take pride in supporting all Church Parades, the marching, the Hymn singing, the pride in being seen in uniform and carrying their Section flag, thereby reinforcing their part played in the family of Scouting. And of course other young people see them and want to join.
The programme of activities should be appropriate to the 10.5 and 15 year olds and for both boys and girls, particularly in mixed meetings. As well as outdoor activities the programme should consist of, amongst other things, games with a purpose to promote character building and self-reliance, a sense of duty to others, fun, sportsmanship and interest in the outdoors. Sample programmes can be obtained from the BBS Headquarters on request.
Note: Scout Troop Progress Charts (A3 Display Charts For Wall Hanging) Can Be Obtained From The BBS Headquarters On Request.
We trust that this handbook will be found of great assistance, any questions or requests for further information, please contact the BBS Headquaters.
Wishing You a Great Scouting Future.