To achieve this badge you need to choose from Options 1 to 5, then complete the all the tasks outlined under your chosen option. You should be aiming to work towards this badge over a period of 6 to 12 months.
Option 1 – Meteorology
Option 2 – Mechanic
Option 3 – Radio communication
Option 4 – Electronics
Option 5 – Astronomy
Option 1 – Meteorology:
- Regularly record weather observations and measurements over a period of time. You can break up the time if you like – you don’t have to keep continuous records.
- Demonstrate your skills in meteorological recording and observation to a group of young people.
- Give a detailed explanation of the formation of clouds and the weather associated with different clouds and fronts.
- Find out detailed information about how weather maps are produced. Show how you interpret them for use in Scouting activities.
Option 2 – Mechanic:
- Regularly maintain a mechanical machine over a period of time. You should use the time to learn a variety of techniques.
- Demonstrate your mechanical knowledge. Explain the principles of operating an engine, gearbox and differential axle.
- Talk about the safety rules for machine maintenance and how you use the skills you’ve learned responsibly.
Option 3 – Radio Communication:
- Regularly take part in an activity involving in a method of radio communication. You should use the time to learn a variety of techniques and recording activity and develop your skills.
- Demonstrate a radio communication method to a group of young people.
- Talk about the rules or codes of practice for radio communication and how to use equipment responsibly.
- Share your knowledge of radio communication alphabets and internationally recognised call signs and signals.
Option 4 – Electronics:
- Regularly take part in an activity involving electronics. Use the time to learn a variety of techniques and equipment and improve your skills.
- Show and explain your project work in electronics to a group of young people. You’re not expected to play the role of an instructor and an appropriate adult should supervise your group.
- Discuss the safe working practices of electronics and how to use equipment responsibly.
- Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of circuits, components and the symbols used in electronics.
Option 5 – Astronomy:
- Regularly take part in an astronomy activity. Use a variety of instruments, record your observations over a period of time and show improvement in your skills.
- Demonstrate your skills in astronomy, including recording and observation, to a group of young people.
- Learn the meaning of technical astronomical terms. Give a detailed description of our galaxy and solar system, including planets and other bodies.
- Demonstrate a good knowledge of the history of space exploration since 1969.