Baden-Powell Challenge Award
The Baden-Powell Challenge is the highest award a Guide can achieve
I'm really proud of my Baden-Powell Award. I did ten of the suggested activities which included making a recipe booklet, running a patrol cooking competition and planting trees for a new wood. I also went on an adventure weekend for the award, which involved climbing, abseiling and the crate challenge - Samantha, Guide
The Baden-Powell Challenge Award really is a challenge
You will need to complete ten clauses (tasks) that will get you to try new things and push your boundaries – it’s not easy, but it’s worth it!
It can take 12 to 18 months to complete the Baden-Powell Award, but your amazing, all-round efforts will be recognised. Plus you'll have lots of adventures on the way. You might:
- organise an international evening
- run a sports or cooking competition
- go on a residential trip somewhere new - like a hostel or on a narrowboat
- learn first aid
- or do something to help the environment.
The more creative you get with your clauses, the more of an adventure it will be.
Most exciting of all, at the end you'll get to go on your Baden-Powell Adventure - a special residential event just for Guides who are about to complete the Award.
What you need to do
The Baden-Powell Challenge is divided into five zones, each containing lots of different clauses. You should do one clause from each zone, then five more from any of the zones - ten clauses in total. Up to two of them can relate to Country/Region or Girlguiding initiatives.
To finish the Award you need to take part in a Baden-Powell Adventure. These are usually residential events organised by your County or Country/Region for all Guides in the area who are doing the Baden-Powell Challenge.
Zone 1: Healthy lifestyles
Aim: To encourage Guides to lead a healthy lifestyle by promoting physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
1. Organise and run a Patrol cooking competition. You could provide ingredients and challenge the Patrols to produce dishes in a set time.
2. Set yourself three personal fitness goals and keep a diary for a month to show how you have worked towards them.
3. Run an activity session for your Patrol on an issue which concerns young people today.
4. Help to organise a sports competition with another Patrol or another Guide unit, you could run a mini-Olympics, fitness trail or team games evening.
6. With your Patrol, plan and carry out a ‘Reflections' session around a chosen theme. You could include a relaxation or meditation activity or use mime, readings, music, dance or slides.
7. Organise a sponsored fitness event for a good cause.
8. Produce a cookbook of healthy recipes appropriate for Rainbows, Brownies or Guides to use at an event, holiday or camp.
Zone 2: Global awareness
Aim: To increase awareness of global issues and of the contribution each Guide can make.
1. Find out about the life a child from a country in the global south (the developing world) leads. Share your findings with your Patrol.
2. Organise an activity for your Patrol or unit which will help somebody from a country in the global south (the developing world). Let your local International Adviser know what you are doing.
4. With your Patrol, organise an international evening with games, crafts, food or music and dance.
5. Design a poster on a current global issue and use it to make a presentation to your unit.
6. Use the internet or your local library to find out about fair trade. Survey what fair trade items are available in your area, for example in your local supermarket. Organise an activity about fair trade with your Patrol.
7. Find out about the Guide Friendship Fund or World Thinking Day Fund and hold a fundraising evening to support its work.
Zone 3: Discovery
Aim: To challenge Guides with new experiences and adventure.
1. Make a bivouac and spend the night in it. Make your own breakfast the following morning.
2. Start a new hobby or craft, or extend an existing one, and work on it for at least three months. You could try glass painting, learning a musical instrument, football, candle making, rollerblading or stargazing. Find out about your hobby's origins, history and rules. Do a presentation on your hobby for your Patrol in a way that is new to you.
3. Attend a residential event somewhere new to you. This could be a youth hostel or a narrowboat. Your Baden-Powell Adventure cannot count for this clause.
4. Complete the Outdoor Pursuits, Survival or Community Action badge.
5. Visit a city farm, rescue centre or nature reserve. Discuss with your Patrol why it is important to have these and who benefits from them. What could you do to help?
6. With friends, attend an event such as theatre, ballet, an open air concert or a pop concert. Record your thoughts and impressions and share them with your Young Leader or Leader. Stay safe when you are out and about.
7. Use your computer skills to make a new resource for your unit. What about making a ‘Welcome to Guides' pack, a ‘Guide to camp' or a songbook? You could use photography, or video as well.
8. Complete the Guide Camp Permit.
Zone 4: Skills and relationships
Aim: To develop Guides' self-confidence and self-worth and to improve their interpersonal and life skills.
1. Organise a party for someone outside your unit, such as your local Brownies, your family, or girls not normally involved in guiding; or hold a bring-a-friend party at Guides.
2. Organise a cooperative games evening for your unit, for example, parachute games.
3. Help organise a trip with your Patrol to see something of interest to you. Go on the trip and report back to your unit.
4. Find out what there is available for young people in your area. With your unit, organise a discussion to find out about local issues which affect you and what young people can do to assist.
6. Organise an activity based on today's clothing. You could do an analysis of what is suitable for certain activities, what's currently fashionable and what makes you feel good. Present your findings in an interesting way.
7. Raise money to take part in your Baden-Powell Adventure. Could anyone else benefit from your fundraising?
Zone 5: Celebrating diversity
Aim: To promote active citizenship among Guides, developing their awareness of rights and responsibilities for all.
1. With your Patrol or unit, celebrate a festival from a culture other than your own, like Diwali, harvest festival, Chinese New Year, Thai Festival of Lights.
2. Organise a disability awareness activity evening or invite someone to your unit to talk about disabilities.
3. Find out about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Organise an activity to share what you have found out.
5. Take part in a practical activity to benefit the environment in your local community, such as tree planting, nature conservation or bulb planting.
6. Take part in a WAGGGS initiative. Check out the WAGGGS website.
7. What is ‘being you' all about? Make a collage to reflect your culture and lifestyle. Share this with your Leader.
8. Look at guiding in your area and think about units that may not be as fortunate as yours. Think of ways you could offer them assistance. Carry out your ideas and tell your Commissioner how you were able to make a difference.
Before you start
To start the Baden-Powell Challenge you need to have:
- made your Promise
- gained at least two Guide Challenge badges
- gained at least two interest badges.
The Baden-Powell Award is just for Guides so you need to complete it before moving up to The Senior Section.