2016/2017 Pro Badge Courses

About Pro-badge

Pro Badge is an Activity Badge Training Scheme, which uses the resources of the Solent Scout Training Centre, to the best advantage of the Cub Scouts, Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Scout Leaders. The scheme provides training for badges that require predominantly outdoor Scouting activity or natural resources.

Pro Badge allows Cub Scouts, Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Scouters from different Packs, Troops, Units and Groups to camp, learn, work and play together. The scheme will allow Scouts training opportunities that they would not otherwise have available to them.  Scouts from 1st Liss have attended Pro badge weekends for the past two years and have gained many badges they would not normally be able to do, or may wait a long time to do them.

The Courses are run at the Solent Scout Training centre which is at Shedfield, Southampton.  Each course runs over two nights which count towards the Nights Away totals for the Scouts.  The courses are directly booked by parents through the Pro-badge website.
This year the following courses are on offer:

21 – 23 October 2016      Chef

Create a menu, light your own fire and then cook several meals, but don’t forget the washing up afterwards. You can earn this badge twice in one weekend both outdoors and inside.

25 – 27 November 2016     Pioneer

Learn new knots and lashings and then put them into practise by building a large pioneer structure. Then you can make good use of them by climbing all over.

20 – 22 January 2017     Forester

Learn all about how different woodlands are managed and how to use an axe and saw. Learn to identify trees and how to transplant young trees.

The same weekend also sees…

Scouts Expedition Challenge Weekend 1

Enjoy two challenging and interesting cross country hikes using map and compass skills. You also need to complete a project about the area you are visiting.
This course takes two weekends to complete.
Minimum age 12 years OR 11 years if passed Navigator Stage 3.

17 – 19 February 2017  Scouts Navigator Stage 3

This badge is aimed at younger Scouts. The Scouts will learn about contours and map references amongst other things, they will also take part in a hike.

TBA March 2017 Scouts Expedition Challenge Weekend 2

The second weekend for this badge. Scouts will undertake a two day expedition which is held away from Lyons Copse, including a night away at a campsite.
Scouts Expedition Challenge Weekend 1 is a pre-requisite for Weekend 2.
Minimum age 12 years OR 11 years if passed Navigator Stage 3.

21 – 23 April 2017 Scouts Camper

Pitch your tent, camp under canvas for 2 nights, cook a meal and learn how to make various gadgets.
15 nights away under canvas as a Scout is required to achieve this badge, but it is not a pre-requisite to attending the course.

Also on the same weekend….

Scouts Survival Skills

Spend a night in the shelter you have built. Build a fire to keep yourself warm, learn what plants are safe to eat and how to skin a rabbit.
Minimum age twelve years old.