Boomerang Award Scheme

The Boomerang Awards Scheme is made up of three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold, which are based around seven compulsory elements including Health and First Aid, Safety and Cub Scout Traditions. There are also extra elements of which Cub Scouts are required to choose three to complete. These can include Scientific Discoveries, Natural Environment and People and Cultures.

Bronze Boomerang

Tasks 1-7 are mandatory

Task 1 - Health and First Aid

(Responsibility for self)

Topic

Task Ideas

Personal Health

Explain how to keep your hands and nails clean and why.

Explain when you should wash your hands.

Demonstrate how to look after your teeth.

Basic First Aid

Put together a simple first aid kit and take it on bushwalks and outings with you.

Show how to treat a graze or small cut.

Infections

Show an understanding of how colds are spread and how to prevent them.

Adult Help

Explain why you need adult help in case of accidents.

Pass a message, including an address, from one adult to another.

Explain how to use a mobile phone and a public phone and discuss the steps you would take to make an emergency call.

Task 2 - Safety

(Responsibility for self)

Topic

Task Ideas

Buddy System

Explain the buddy system.

Home

Discuss the causes of accidents in the home, especially in the kitchen, bathroom and on stairways.

Road

Take an adult for a walk and show that you know how to be safe on the roads.

Water

Discuss the dangers of swimming in the type of water in your area.

Explain the dangers of inflatable toys in open water.

Bush

Explain what you should do to make sure you don't get lost in the bush.

Discuss what to do if you do get lost in the bush.

Fire

Discuss the dangers that fire can cause in the home and the bush.

Show what to do if you are in a fire at home.

Personal

Discuss why you should not go places by yourself.

Task 3 - Ropes

(Outdoor Scouting)

Topic

Task Ideas

Tying knots

Tie a reef knot.

Tie your shoelaces.

Use of knots

Discuss how and when to use a reef knot.

Care of ropes

Show you know how to look after ropes correctly.

Task 4 - Outdoor Scouting

(Outdoor Scouting)

Topic

Task Ideas

Compass and Navigation

Discuss how a compass works and show you know the four principal points.

Make a simple compass.

Maps and Hiking

Attend at least two outdoor outings with your Pack.

Dress correctly and pack your own daypack for the outings.

Fire Lighting

Demonstrate the correct way to strike a match.

Outdoor Cooking

Prepare and cook for yourself a damper/twist

 Task 5 - Our Cub Scout Traditions

(Scouting Aims and Principles)

Topic

Task Ideas

The Jungle Books

Talk about the main characters in the Jungle Books and what their names are.

Tell the story of how Mowgli came to be in the Jungle.

Scouting History

Tell who founded Scouting and where and when it began.

Find out when Scouting started in Australia and in your Group.

When is BP's birthday and what do we call this special day?

 Task 6 - Symbols of Australia

(Growing Awareness of Local Community)

Topic

Task Ideas

Flags

Show you know the composition of the Australian Flag.

Emblems

Tell your Leader of two places where you would see the Australian Coat of Arms.

Task 7 - Promise and Law

(Values of Scouting)

Topic

Task Ideas

Duty to Your God

Write a prayer and read it to your Pack.

Promise and Law

Talk to your Leader about how you do your best to live up to the Promise and Law:

  • at school
  • at home
  • in the Pack.

Service

Do a good turn for someone at home and tell your Leader about it.

Breaking the Cycle

Talk to your Leader about why bullying is not acceptable at Cub Scouts and discuss the Pack Code.

Contribute to annual review of Pack Code.

Choose any 3 from Tasks 8-14

Task 8 - Fitness

(Pursuits and Interests & Responsibility for Self)

Topic

Task Ideas

Ball Skills

Throw a ball 5 metres to someone else and catch it on return four times.

Dribble a ball for a distance of 10 metres.

Athletic Skills

Run 100 metres as quickly as you can.

Strength and Stamina

Skip 10 times without stopping.

Task 9 - People and Cultures

(Growing Awareness of Wider World)

Topic

Task Ideas

Indigenous Australians

Find out about one of the traditional owners in your area/State or Territory and something about how they lived before European settlement.

International Cultures

Make a list of the ethnic groups in your community, e.g. at school, church or in your Pack.

Scouting

Find out something about each of the five Sections in Scouts Australia, either in your own Group or in the District.

Take part in an activity with a different Section.

Task 10 - Scientific Discovery

(The World Around us)

Topic

Task Ideas

Biology

Grow some seeds on cotton wool and observe what happens.

Geology

Identify five different rocks and tell where you found them.

Physics

Explain the composition of air

Perform an experiment that shows how oxygen can be used up.

Estimation

Measure your hand and foot.

Using these measurements, estimate:

  • the width of your Scout Hall
  • the height of a Cub Scout

Task 11 - The Natural Environment

(The World Around us)

Topic

Task Ideas

Recycling

Name four things that can be recycled and how the recycling helps the environment.

Make something using recycled materials.

Pollution

Help to clean up litter in your local area.

Explain how litter can harm the natural environment.

Habitat Destruction

Find out what native creatures live in your local area.

Discuss how their habitats can be destroyed.

Task 12 - Self Expression

(Creativity)

Cub Scouts will be required to do any two of the following

Topic

Task Ideas

Performing Arts

Perform in a mime, skit or play with other members of your Pack.

Visual Arts

Create a poster, painting, drawing or collage.

Creative Writing

Write a poem or a short story.

Music

Sing a song or play a musical instrument for your Pack.

Task 13 - Handcraft

(Creativity)

Topic

Task Ideas

 

Make an item from one of the following materials:

  • wood
  • metal
  • fibres
  • clay

Task 14 - Your Community

(Growing Awareness of Local Community)

Topic

Task Ideas

Home

Show you know how to keep your clothes, toys and equipment tidy.

Talk to your Leaders about how you do this.

Local Community

Show you know where the main features are in your local area, such as:

  • the nearest bus stop to home and the Scout Hall
  • the safest route to the shops from home

Local Organisations

Does your community have a local newspaper or Community Newsletter? If so, what is it called?

 

Silver Boomerang

Tasks 1-7 are mandatory

Task 1 - Health and First Aid

(Responsibility for self)

Topic

Task Ideas

Personal Health

Explain how to keep your feet in good condition and why.

Discuss why sleep is important.

Discuss the importance of a balanced diet.

Prepare a healthy lunch for an outing.

Basic First Aid

Check and replenish or put together a simple first aid kit and take it on bushwalks and outings with you.

Show how to treat a bleeding nose.

Show how to treat stings and insect bites common to your region.

Infections

Show an understanding of how germs and head lice can pass to people by contact, and how to prevent this.

Adult Help

Explain why you need adult help in case of accidents.

Pass a message, including an address, from one adult to another.

Explain how to use a mobile phone and a public phone and discuss the steps you would take to make an emergency call.

Task 2 - Safety

(Responsibility for self)

Topic

Task Ideas

Buddy System

Define the buddy system and explain its benefits.

Home

Discuss the causes of accidents around the home and garden, including in sheds and around swimming pools.

Road

Discuss the safety aspects of travelling in cars, buses and trains.

Water

Demonstrate an understanding of the dangers of swimming in:

  • swimming pools
  • rivers and lakes
  • sea
  • dams

Identify safe areas for swimming.

Bush

Explain what to do to make sure you don't get lost in the bush and what to do if something goes wrong.

Demonstrate three ways of making distress signals.

Fire

Discuss the ways that fire can start in the home and in the bush.

Show what to do if you are in a fire at home.

Personal

Discuss what to do if you do not feel safe somewhere.

Task 3 - Ropes

(Outdoor Scouting)

Topic

Task Ideas

Tying knots

Tie a sheet bend.

Tie a clove hitch.

Tie a reef knot.

Use of knots

Discuss how and when to use these knots.

Care of ropes

Name the parts of a rope.

Task 4 - Outdoor Scouting

(Outdoor Scouting)

Topic

Task Ideas

Compass and Navigation

Demonstrate an understanding of how many degrees there are in a compass and the eight principal points.

Use a compass to follow a trail, which includes at least six compass points.

Maps and Hiking

Use a road map to work out the distances between two towns named by a Leader.

Demonstrate five trail signs.

Fire Lighting

State the local fire rules in your area and care to take when lighting a fire in the bush.

Prepare a suitable fireplace, light a fire and put it out correctly.

Outdoor Cooking

On a fire you prepare and light, cook a meal such as sausages or food in a foil pouch.

Task 5 - Our Cub Scout Traditions

(Scouting Aims and Principles)

Topic

Task Ideas

The Jungle Books

Tell one of the stories in The Jungle Books that does not have Mowgli in it.

Explain the significance of Baloo and Bagheera in Mowgli's life.

Scouting History

Find out when Scouting started in your local Group.

Find out the history of your scarf and/or District/Region badge.

Task 6 - Symbols of Australia

(Growing Awareness of Local Community)

Topic

Task Ideas

Flags

Describe the flag of your State or Territory and show an understanding of the components of it.

Emblems

Describe the emblem of your State or Territory and show an understanding of what it means.

Flora and Fauna

Name and describe the flora and fauna emblems of your State or Territory.

Task 7 - Promise and Law

(Values of Scouting)

Topic

Task Ideas

Duty to Your God

Find out three things about your beliefs and explain them to your Leader.

Promise and Law

Talk to your Leader about how you have tried to put your Promise and Law into practice in everything you have done.

Service

Do a good turn for your Cub Pack or Scout Group and tell your Leader about it.

Breaking the Cycle

Lead a game or activity that demonstrates how Cub Scouts look after each other and don’t bully.

Discuss as a Six or Pack your current Pack Code and contribute to current review of Pack Code.

 Choose any 3 from Tasks 8-14

 Task 8 - Fitness

(Pursuits and Interests & Responsibility for Self)

Topic

Task Ideas

Ball Skills

Throw a ball a distance of 10 metres to someone else and catch it on return five times.

Hit a ball with either a bat or racquet five times.

Athletic Skills

Perform a standing broad jump as far as you can.

Strength and Stamina

Skip 20 times forwards and 10 times backwards.

Task 9 - People and Cultures

(Growing Awareness of Wider World)

Topic

Task Ideas

Indigenous Australians

Explain some of the customs, traditions and crafts of the traditional owners of your area.

International Cultures

Learn to say "Hello", "Goodbye", "Please" and "Thank You" in a language other than your own, preferably from a native speaker of the language.

Scouting

Take part in a Pack Council.

Take part in an activity with another Pack or one organised by District, Region or Branch.

Task 10 - Scientific Discovery

(The World Around us)

Topic

Task Ideas

Biology

Observe how an animal, bird, reptile or insect develops and behaves.

Report on your findings.

Chemistry

Perform an experiment that shows the difference between gas, liquid and solid states.

Geology

Explain how volcanoes erupt and earthquakes occur.

Show an experiment that illustrates one of these.

Physics

Show you understand the weather forecast.

Show how rain is formed.

Estimation

Estimate the following:

  • the distance from your Scout Hall door to the road
  • the distance from one end of the Hall to the other
  • the height of a flagpole or tree.

Check how accurately you have estimated by measuring these.

Task 11 - The Natural Environment

(The World Around us)

Topic

Task Ideas

Recycling

Explain how you can recycle household waste.

Make a system for recycling organic waste from your house, e.g. a worm farm, compost heap.

Pollution

Help to clean up litter in your local area.

Discuss some of the effects of pollution on our rivers, lakes and seas.

Show how you and your family can help to reduce water pollution.

Habitat Destruction

On a bush walk find examples of five things that have damaged the environment, e.g. litter and pollution, salinity, erosion and man-made damage.

 Task 12 - Self Expression

(Creativity)

Cub Scouts will be required to do any two of the following

Topic

Task Ideas

Performing Arts

Organise and perform in a mime, skit or play with other members of your Pack.

Visual Arts

Create a painting, drawing or three dimensional piece and have it ready to display.

Creative Writing

Write a poem or a short story, which may be fictional, or a report of an event.

Music

Play two pieces on a musical instrument or sing two songs for the Pack.

Task 13 - Handcraft

(Creativity)

Topic

Task Ideas

 

Make something using a craft method which is new to you.

Show the tools you used and explain how to care for them.

Task 14 - Your Community

(Growing Awareness of Local Community)

Topic

Task Ideas

Home

Demonstrate that you know how to do cleaning around the home such as vacuuming, sweeping, washing up and cleaning the bathroom.

Do some minor repairs to clothes and around the house.

Local Community

Find out how your town or suburb name originated.

Where is the nearest:

  • Police Station?
  • Ambulance Station?
  • Hospital?

Local Organisations

Name three essential service organisations that provide for your community and explain what they do.

Gold Boomerang

Tasks 1-7 are mandatory

 Task 1 - Health and First Aid

(Responsibility for self)

Topic

Task Ideas

Personal Health

Discuss personal hygiene such as showering and bathing regularly, changing clothes and using deodorants.

Show you understand the different types of foods that will build a healthy body by preparing a menu for one day at a camp.

Basic First Aid

Check and replenish or put together a simple first aid kit and take it on bushwalks and outings with you.

Tie a sling with a reef knot.

Show how to treat burns and scalds.

Show how to treat bleeding. Explain what to do in the case of fainting.

Infections

Show an understanding of what can happen if you eat food that has not been stored correctly.

Discuss the ways to store food appropriately.

Adult Help

Explain why you need adult help in case of accidents.

Pass a message, including an address, numbers and details of an accident, from one adult to another.

Explain how to use a mobile phone and a public phone and discuss the steps you would take to make an emergency call.

Task 2 - Safety

(Responsibility for self)

Topic

Task Ideas

Buddy System

Explain the buddy system and teach it to a younger Cub.

Home

Discuss the dangers of poisons at home. Discuss what to do at home in the case of an electrical storm.

Road

Demonstrate the safety rules you need to consider when riding a bike, scooter, skateboard or roller blading. Show you can use this equipment safely.

Water

Show three methods you could use to help someone who fell into deep water and could not swim.

Bush

Explain what to do to make sure you don't get lost in the bush and what to do if something goes wrong.

Discuss the dangers in the bush that are appropriate to your area, e.g. weather, terrain and poisonous creatures.

Fire

Discuss ways to reduce the dangers that cause fires in the home and the bush.

Personal

Discuss what to do if you do not feel safe when with a particular person.

 Task 3 - Ropes

(Outdoor Scouting)

Topic

Task Ideas

Tying knots

Tie a bowline.
Tie a sheet bend.
Tie a clove hitch.
Tie a reef knot.

Make a gadget using at least one type of appropriate lashing.

Teach another Cub Scout how to tie a reef knot.

Use of knots

Discuss how and when to use these knots.

Care of ropes

Show how to hank or chain a rope correctly.

 Task 4 - Outdoor Scouting

(Outdoor Scouting)

Topic

Task Ideas

Compass and Navigation

Use a compass to plan a bushwalk route on a map.

Use a compass to set a simple trail, including six compass points, for the rest of your Pack to follow.

Discuss the eight principal points and the associated degrees.

Maps and Hiking

Explain scale and contour lines

Explain at least eight map symbols and be able to find them on the map.

Using at least five different trail signs, make a track for the rest of your Pack to follow.

Fire Lighting

Explain about different types of cooking fires and demonstrate at least one.

Outdoor Cooking

Using your cooking fire, prepare a meal for yourself and an adult, including meat, vegetable and a hot drink.

Task 5 - Our Cub Scout Traditions

(Scouting Aims and Principles)

Topic

Task Ideas

The Jungle Books

Explain how the laws and teachings in The Jungle Books are part of your life and your Pack's attitudes

Scouting History

Explain how Scouting began and talk to your Leader about it.

Draw the World Scout badge and describe the meaning of this.

Find out when and where the next Australian Jamboree will be held.

 Task 6 - Symbols of Australia

(Growing Awareness of Local Community)

Topic

Task Ideas

Flags

Teach another Cub Scout to roll, hoist and break the Australian Flag in the correct manner.

Show an understanding of the different ways of flying the flag, e.g. mourning, distress etc..

Emblems

Reproduce the Australian Coat of Arms and explain the meaning of each emblem.

Flora and Fauna

Name and describe the floral emblem of Australia and explain why it was chosen.

Task 7 - Promise and Law

(Values of Scouting)

Topic

Task Ideas

Duty to Your God

Help to plan and participate in a Scouts' Own.

Promise and Law

Discuss with a Leader about how you try to put your Promise and Law into practice in everything you do.

  • Explain the Promise and Law to a new Cub Scout when you are talking to them about being a Cub Scout.

Service

Do a good turn by helping plan and taking part in, an activity which will assist an organisation that helps other people, and tell your Leader about it.

Breaking the Cycle

Organise a game, activity or multi media presentation that demonstrates how Cub Scouts look after each other and don’t bully.

Contribute to annual review of Pack Code and sign. Discuss as a Six or Pack your current Pack Code.

Choose any 3 from Tasks 8-14

Task 8 - Fitness

(Pursuits and Interests & Responsibility for Self)

Topic

Task Ideas

Ball Skills

Kick a goal with either a place or drop kick
or
shoot a goal with a basketball or netball.

Throw a ball over a distance of 20 metres to someone and catch it on return six times over a distance of 15 metres.

Athletic Skills

Perform a hop, step and jump as far as you can.

Strength and Stamina

Skip continuously for two minutes.

Task 9 - People and Cultures

(Growing Awareness of Wider World)

Topic

Task Ideas

Indigenous Australians

Visit a local site where you can learn more about the traditional owners of your area.

International Cultures

Find out about another country.

Show where it is on the map in relation to Australia and discover how the people live, what they eat and the clothes they wear.

Scouting

Find out about Scouting in another country
- the name of the Sections, whether boys and girls can be Cub Scouts, and something about their badges.

Take part in an overnight activity organised at District, Region or Branch level.

Task 10 - Scientific Discovery

(The World Around us)

Topic

Task Ideas

Biology

Explain what the major organs in the human body are and how they work.

Chemistry

Perform an experiment that shows a chemical reaction.

Explain what has happened.

Geology

Explain what minerals and fossil fuels are and how they are formed.

Talk about the minerals found in your area.

Physics

Demonstrate how sound moves through air, water or a solid object.

Estimation

Make a sundial and use it to tell the time.

Measure the height of an object using the stick and shadow method.

or

Find North using a non-digital wrist watch.

or

Find South using the Southern Cross.

Task 11 - The Natural Environment

(The World Around us)

Topic

Task Ideas

Recycling

Find out what new things are made from three different sorts of waste, which are recycled.
Explain the concept of the 3Rs:

  • Reduce
  • Reuse
  • Recycle

Pollution

Help to clean up litter in your local area.

Show an understanding of the "Greenhouse Effect", including what causes it and how you can help to reduce it.

State three other forms of air pollution, how they affect people and what can be done to reduce them.

Habitat Destruction

Discuss how we can conserve our local environment including water, land, air, forests and mineral and fossil fuels.

Task 12 - Self Expression

(Creativity)

Cub Scouts will be required to do any two of the following

Topic

Task Ideas

Performing Arts

Perform a magic trick, juggling or a puppet show, alone or with the help of one or two other Cub Scouts.

Visual Arts

Produce a series of preliminary sketches and a finished piece of work ready for display.

Creative Writing

Write a piece, which you contribute, to a group or local newsletter.

Music

Sing a song, which includes verses and chorus

or

Play your instrument at a higher standard to that demonstrated for your Bronze and Silver Boomerangs..

Task 13 - Handcraft

(Creativity)

Topic

Task Ideas

 

Design a practical item and produce it using any craft method.

Show the design work and finished item together.

Task 14 - Your Community

(Growing Awareness of Local Community)

Topic

Task Ideas

Home

Show you know how to wash and iron your clothes.

Local Community

Take part in a visit to a local place of interest and find out how it serves the community.

or

Meet or visit someone who lives or works in your area and find out what he or she does to help the community.

Local Organisations

Find out about two charitable organisations in your community and what they do to help other people.

 

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