Scouts - Explore the Unknown

Additional Awards - Scout Section

Aside from the main parts of the Achievement Pathways, these Additional Awards provide other achievements that Scouts might choose to explore.

These include:

  • World Scouting program awards - Earth Tribe
  • Recognition of achievements in certain non-Scouting activities
  • Special activity-related badges specified by Scouts Australia 

While these badges can be earnt on a stand alone basis, they can also be combined with other areas of the Achievement Pathways such as Challenge Areas and Special Interest Areas.

Walkabout Award

Walkabout Award

The Walkabout Award badge depicts the total number of kilometres covered while on approved Scouting activities (school camps and family holidays don’t count). The badge may be worn above the pocket of the uniform below the World badge.

The requirements for the badge can be started in the Joey Scout Section and continue to be added through to the Rover Scouts Section.

The minimum distance to be counted toward the tally for Joey Scouts and Cub Scouts is 1km while it is 5kms for all others. Journeys taken in a canoe, kayak, skis or a bicycle are divided by two e.g. a 20 km bike hike earns 10 km to the Award.

Day and overnight journeys provided they are over the minimum distance for the Section, may be included for the Award.

Camper Award

Camper Award

The Camper Award depicts the total number of nights spent camping while on Scouting activities.

t is required that these nights be spent under canvas or under the stars. Non Scouting camps such as school camps, or family holidays do not count towards achieving this Award.

The requirements for the Camper Award can be started at whatever point in a youth member’s Scouting journey and continue to be added to throughout their journey.

It is a youth member only award.

The Camper Award is worn above the pocket of the uniform below the World Scout badge. Only the highest Award achieved by the youth member should be worn at any one time.

Years of Service

Years of Service

The Years of Service Badge is Section specific and indicates the number of years a member has been in that Section. Each Section is distinguished by its border colour and the last one received in each Section can be worn on the shirt when the member transitions to the next Section.

From the time you are invested as a Scout, as the first-year clocks over, you are presented with a green"1" Year of Service Badge. If you're in Scouts for two or even four years, you will replace your "1" Badge with a "2", then a "3" and finally a "4". The final Years of Service badge can stay on your uniform right through Venturers and Rovers... and you can get yellow, green, maroon and red Years of Service Badge respectively for your time in those Sections.

Their Service - Our Heritage

Their Service - Our Heritage

This is an annual achievement badge for all youth members, with each new 12 month period commencing on Anzac Day on 25th April. Each year is a different colour. 

The badge should be worn only during the year in which it was presented (up to April 24 of the following year) and is to be worn on the right sleeve as a Additional Award badge.

To achieve the award, youth members are required to participate in three activities relevant to “Their Service – Our Heritage” with suggestions: -

  • Take part in an ANZAC Day march or ceremony
  • Take part in Remembrance Day
  • Invite a Veteran to your meeting to talk to you
  • Visit a Veterans Home or the local RSL
  • Maintain your local Memorial
  • Visit a Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Youth members can decide their own activities separate from the suggestions above.

This award was introduced in the year 2000 for all members of Scouts Australia, with the intention of raising the level of awareness of the youth members about our Veterans and providing Scout members with an opportunity to actively participate in the 'Their Service - Our Heritage' program. 

First Aid

First Aid

As a Scout, you may wear the First Aid Badge on your uniform once you have been assessed as competent in a first aid course incorporating the current "apply first aid" unit of competence or higher unit from the health (HLT) training package, or equivalent.

This course must be delivered by an approved first aid provider and cover the Australian Resuscitation Council (SRC) Guidelines for Resuscitation.

To continue to wear the First Aid Badge on your uniform, you must maintain currency in CPR (by annual assessment) and first aid (by renewal every three years).

Only one First Aid Badge may be worn at any one time, regardless of how many levels of first aid you have been assessed in.

SES Badge

SES Badge

The SES badge may be earned through engagement with your Unit's local SES.

The requirements for each Section will vary, with sustained engagement required of members in the Venturer Scout and Rover Scout Sections.

Joeys         Cubs          Scouts          Venturers          Rovers


Where is it worn?
The badge is part of a youth member's journey and is worn on the right sleeve alongside any other achievement badge which qualifies for the same placement.

As each Section has different requirements, once achieved in one Section, it is not automatically translated to the next Section. It becomes a camp blanket keepsake.

If achieving this badge is for a subsequent Section, the badge is awarded again and is placed on the uniform again.

Messengers of Peace

Messengers of Peace

Scouts do good turns and help others because it is part of the Australian Scout Promise and Australian Scout Law. It is also because it is nice to help others and to make a difference, even if it is only a small action.

Whenever we are kind to people we send a message of love and peace, making a difference to the recipients and also ourselves. It just feels good.


  • Learn about the Messengers of Peace initiative in a Scout meetings or online.
  • Participate in a community involvement action organised together with your Patrol.
  • Share your actions online with the help of an adult at
Earth Tribe

Earth Tribe

You can find more information about the Earth Tribe badges on our Environment page here.

Language Emblem

Language Emblem

If you are sufficiently qualified in any language or languages as well as in English, you may wear an emblem on the flap of the pocket on the shirt indicating the language or languages spoken.

The qualifying tests are:

  • Have a simple conversation for 10 minutes.
  • Write a letter of at least 100 words.
  • Translate in your own time and with help of a dictionary an easy passage from a book or magazine.


You can find information about the Landcare badge on our Environment page here.

Amateur Radio

Amateur Radio

A member of Scouts Australia who obtains an Amateur Radio Operator's Licence, in accordance with Government regulations, may wear the Amateur Radio Operator Badge on the right sleeve of the uniform.

The latest qualifications and conditions can be found at

The badge is issued on the authorisation of the Branch Jamboree On The Air Coordinator or equivalent.

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