The Scout Section Award Scheme provides the main focus for the Patrol and Troop activities and gives recognition to Scouts for achievement. Full details of the Scout Award Scheme can be found in the Scout Record Book ('Green Book').
Following a Scout's Investiture, they complete the Scoutcraft Badge and then may earn Targets to become a Pioneer, Explorer and Adventurer Scout. Target requirements provide for going places and doing the adventurous, appealing things that Scouts enjoy, including camping, hiking, exploring, swimming, boating, track and field, fitness activities, and environment projects and practices, usually in the company of the Patrol or other Scouts.
This is usually the first badge to be gained and awarded in the Scout Section. The training and testing is carried out jointly by the Patrol Leader and Scout Leader.
There are three levels of Target badges. To achieve the Pioneer, Explorer or Adventurer Badge, the Scout must complete the two compulsory Campcraft and Citizenship Target badges, plus one of the six elective Pioneer Target badges at each level.
The aim of the Proficiency Badge system is to allow the Scout to develop in a challenging and interesting pursuit. To achieve a Proficiency Badge the Scout must fulfil requirements set in conjunction with their Adviser and which include the three elements of demonstrate/investigate, skill and an activity.
A Scout is required to earn one Patrol Activity Badge for each of the Target levels in order to earn their Cord for each level. Patrols decide on their own activity to be undertaken as a group. The Troop Council sets the standards for the activity and decides when the Patrol Activity has been achieved.
To earn the Pioneer Cord (Red) the Scout must complete the Pioneer Badge, two Proficiency Badges and one Patrol Activity Badge.
To earn the Explorer Cord (Blue) the Scout must complete the Explorer Badge, two Proficiency Badges (making a total of four Proficiency Badges), and one Patrol Activity Badge (making a total of two Patrol Activity Badges).
To earn the Adventurer Cord (Green) the Scout must complete the Adventurer Badge, two Proficiency Badges (making a total of six Proficiency Badges), and one Patrol Activity Badge (making a total of three Patrol Activity Badges).
The Australian Scout Medallion is the highest award in the Scout Section. It is considered the pinnacle of Scouting at this stage.
To earn the Australian Scout Medallion a Scout must:
The Scout Leadership Course aims to provide suitable leadership skills for Scouts, utilising a practical "hands on" approach. This course is organised and run in line with the Patrol System, and can be undertaken on completion of the Pioneer Badge.
...links Scouts tot the Venturer Section. Completion of this badge prepares the Scout for advancement to the Venturer Scout Unit.