21st Century Scouts to earn badges for their photography skills

Chief Scout Bear Grylls
Chief Scout Bear Grylls
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SCOUTS have traditionally been rewarded for rugged outdoor activities.

But from today, young people who demonstrate a flair for photography and gardening will be able to adorn their Scout uniforms with badges recognising their achievements.

The Scout Association has launched a range of new activity badges for its youth members, allowing Scouts to show progress in a wider range of existing pursuits.

Ten of the new badges are aimed at Beaver Scouts - with awards for disability awareness and an understanding of outer space among them.

Feedback from a public consultation made it clear Scouts wanted a wider range of skills recognised.

Traditional Scouting skills are not left out with new badges being made available to those who camp out and hike.

Chief Scout and TV adventurer Bear Grylls said: “We’re delighted to be launching a new range of badges that guarantee fun and adventure while encouraging Scouts to develop a greater understanding of modern society and the contribution they can make to society.

“Throughout its 107-year history the Scouting movement has continued to evolve - these new badges make sure we are able to keep offering activities that educate and enthuse young people in equal measure.”