BOGUK interest badges


Complete Clauses 1 and 2 and any four others that provide a personal challenge.

1. Have attended a Guide Association Safe From Harm training within the last 3 years, and be aware of the laws that protect children.
Know how the role of a Guider differs from that of a parent, teacher, child minder or babysitter.
Hold a current First Aid certificate, and know infant or child CPR and resuscitation.

2. Be aware of safety precautions in your own home.
If you have children at home, consider what safety precautions you had to take for a recently mobile baby, and how these have/will change as the child grows older.
If you do not have children at home, consider the areas where a visitor with a recently mobile baby or small child may go.
What dangers are there for a child?
What could you do to minimise the dangers?
How may you have to adapt your home as the visiting children get older?

3. Change a nappy and know how to prevent nappy rash.
Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using cloth vs disposable nappies, and make a reasoned judgement as to which to use.

4. Bath a baby.

5. Mix up baby formula according to the directions on the can.
Heat a bottle to the correct temperature and know how to test it.
Feed a baby the prepared bottle.

6. Pack a "changing bag" or similar, when taking a child out for a full day.
Evaluate the contents - is there anything unusual you have added?
Is there anything you have deliberately omitted?

7. Help to toilet train a child.
Know the signs that a child is ready to be toilet trained, and the importance of being consistent during toilet training.

8. Prepare a meal for a toddler, and help to feed it.
Know the importance of finger food, textures and tastes.

9. Know how to care for a sick child.
What medicines are appropriate, and which are unsuitable for a child?
Show that you can keep an ill child amused.

10. Know why a daily routine is important for children.
Know how the routine will change as the child gets older.
Create a daily routine for a child in one of the following age groups:

  • Birth to one year
  • Two to four years
  • Five to seven years
  • Eight to Ten years

11. Put a child to bed. Know the importance of a bedtime routine, baths, stories etc.

12. Visit a computer shop, or do some research on the Internet about computers, software and video games for children.
Focus on resources for a specific age group, and look at both educational and non-educational packages.

  • Is the resource fun? Are the activities designed to teach or simply entertain?
  • Is it visually stimulating and pleasing? Are the graphics fun & exciting?
  • If the resource is designed to be educational, is there a better way to learn the subject?
  • Do the images send negative messages? Is it inclusive or discriminatory?

13. Where in your area can children play?
Locate the playgrounds and other recreational areas in the area.
Find out what ages can use them, and when they are open.
Are they safe? What equipment do they provide?

14. Find out about groups available to children aged under 5 in your area, such as Mother & Toddler, Tumble tots etc.
How do the groups meet the needs of the child they are attracting?

15. Pick a particular developmental level, such as the first 6 months, infancy, toddler years, adolescence, and learn about the physical, emotional, intellectual and social growth that takes place at that time.

16. Compare two types of toys that a child might typically use today with similar toys available 20 and 50 years ago.
Evaluate both toys. Have the toys changed because of technological advances?

17. Visit a toy shop or other place where toys and games are sold. Select three or four items which you would recommend for a child in one of the following age groups:

  • Birth to two years
  • Three to five years
  • Six to Ten years

Observe a child of your selected age group at play. Do you still agree with the choices you made? If not, why not?

18. Play with a child or group of children.
Know when to leave a child to play alone, or with other children, and when to play with them.
Demonstrate two methods of stopping squabbles between children, and know when each method may be appropriate.

19. Make a gift or toy for a child to be played with (e.g. stuffed toy, wooden game etc.) Take care to follow all safety rules applicable to the age of the child and toy chosen, eg non-toxic paint, small parts, safety eyes etc.

20. Plan a daily menu for a child with a special dietary requirement (e.g. an allergy to peanuts).
How could you ensure that suitable food is available when away from home, for instance at another childs birthday party?

21. Consider 6 situations that you child has or could be in, where their behaviour is challenging.
Evaluate how you did/would deal with this.
What ways do children react best to?
Is there anything that makes the situation worse. E.g. a toddler who bites other children at the toddler group, sibling rivalry, or the arrival of a new baby in the house.

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