Badge Camps

No it’s not hard!!! In fact you could hold a Badge Camp just with an overnighter at your Rally Hall/church. 
Kids love being together and having fun. Many also enjoy earning badges – so why not put the two together.

Planning

  • Decide on a venue and date – is the church/Rally Hall free then? Book it. Or do one of the Leaders have a large house? A bach/beach house? Not all Rally members will be able to come, so get an idea what number are interested.
  • Is it for a weekend or an Overnighter? That may depend on what badges you plan to earn – eg. camping & outdoor might work best Saturday morning till Sunday afternoon: there are many skills to learn for horse-riding so you may need a weekend: conservation, first aid, and airman could be done as an overnighter.
  • Choose what badges you can teach. Check that the badges you choose are not ones that some members have already earned. If there are only a couple who have the badge, then you could choose another one for those two, and have a leader teach them a badge they don’t have. It is sometimes hard to get a suitable badge that no-one has earned!
  • Decide who is teaching each badge – you may need to ask someone from church or the community to come and help you – therefore you need to check that they are available.
  • When you choose your badges – consider a variety of bookwork, physical activity and hands-on making types. Don’t have them sitting at tables working in books for every badge. They are active youngsters and need to be up and moving at times.
  • How much will this cost? What are you providing? (food, drink, hire a DVD, badge materials, books…) Work out a simple menu – one of the leaders may have to do the cooking with members help, so plan menu accordingly. Set a basic price. Keep it affordable.

Preparation:

  • Check out ALL requirements for the badges you have chosen. Make sure you, another leader or someone you know is capable of teaching the badge correctly. Delegate the teaching of badges.
  • Purchase or gather all the materials needed for the badges.
  • Buy the food.
  • Prepare a notice to parents telling the purpose of the camp, time, venue, cost and what to bring.
  • Delegate simple daily devotions to a Leader – one for each morning if it is a weekend camp, or maybe an evening and a morning one if it’s an overnighter.
  • Choose suitable DVD – Leader must preview this to make sure it is acceptable for your age group and content.
  • Sort out a programme – basic timing of badge-work, meals and activities.

Programme:

Friday night 

  • arrive and set up beds (mattress on floor)
  • play a game while others are arriving and settling in.
  • begin with first badge. If time, maybe introduce another badge.
  • Devotion.
  • Supper and DVD.
  • Bed and SLEEP!
Saturday morning
  • wake & dress
  • devotion.
  • Breakfast & duties (pack beds and bag)
  • Badge-work
  • Morning tea
  • Another badge
  • Lunch
  • Finish badge-work or add another badge. Depends when you want to finish.
  • Clean-up & afternoon tea or go until 4-5pm
  • Make sure you keep a record of every member and which badge/s they completed.

Programme Option 2:

Friday night

  • Creative badge
  • Sport badge (aerobic test & muscular power)
  • Discuss requirements for hike

Saturday morning

  • Outdoor badge
  • Sport (anaerobic test) then go for the hike. 

Saturday afternoon 

  • Sport (flexibility test) & write up Outdoor. 
  • Careers badge 

Ways you can encourage your members to sit Badges and Awards:

  • Give each member a Rally Handbook.
  • Maybe when they have paid their fees, or earned their Members badge. This gives all the information for them and their parents about the Rally Movement, as well as badges.
  • Set aside time to teach new members the Rally Members badge.
  • This helps to give a real sense of belonging.
  • You could add a ‘Badge Night’ to your programme.
  • As a whole Rally you learn a badge- eg, Dance & Movement, Airman, or dress up as ‘artists’ and do the Art badge.
  • Encourage each member to have a ‘badge book’ as a record of what they have earned, as well as a reference for the information they need when preparing for Awards.

Leaders need to keep a record of all badges earned by members.

It is possible to have a reader/writer for those who need it. They just have to know the information. Someone else can write it for them.

Have a Rally Leader who marks all the badge-work (or ask someone else to come in just for this).If you have a points system, give points for each badge earned and give end of year prizes for those who have earned the most badges in the year.

Camp Types Ideas

If you need some ideas for a style of Camp... you could have a:

Bookworms weekend (Cultural badge - intersperse with requirements from Speech & Drama). 

  • Health & Safety overnighter (Health & Safety, First Aid, then Child nursing or Dental health). 
  • Careers weekend (Careers, Mechanics, Airman, Computing). 

If a badge camp seems like too much work, try just an afternoon and do one badge eg: Outdoor, Cycling or Swimming. Make sure you complete all the requirements in the time available.

Awards of Merit

The Awards of Merit are the Alpha Award (for Level One badges), and the Iron, Bronze, Silver & Gold Awards. Details of these Awards are to be found in the Rally Handbook.

Our job as Leaders is to provide an opportunity for Rally Members to gain badges, to encourage them in this, and for those who really enjoy learning new skills, we should be helping them to do the extra learning so they can achieve a high standard. 


Alpha Award – This is especially for junior members who are keen on earning badges. They only have to have Level One badges for this Award. Encourage all those who have enough Level One badges to sit for their Alpha Award - it may be the start they need to keep them keen. The Alpha Award is well within the capabilities of most Rally Members.

Iron, Bronze, Silver& Gold Awards – Members need to earn Level Two badges to sit these Higher Awards. The Certificate of Merit you receive when you have passed these Awards is great to include in your CV and is a personal confidence boost to them.

Boys Badge camp

Friday night 

  • camp cooking badge
  • begin Airman badge
  • Saturday morning – Conservation badge – begin in books
  • go for walk and collect rubbish
  • write up in books

Saturday afternoon 
  • Sport badge & finish Airman badge

Girls Badge Camp

Friday night

  • Rock-hound badge
  • Sport badge do 1&3 requirements
  • Saturday morning
  • Decorating badge
  • Dance & movement badge for exercise in between working in books
  • First Aid badge
Saturday afternoon
  • intersperse the Sport tests with finishing Rock-hound, 
  • decorating and First Aid badges. 
 

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