For those of you that are planning to get your Explorer Badge, it is important to understand the requirements for each one. You may choose to do whichever one you want, or all 3! Each Explorer has three specific badge requirements, and an additional 3 badges which you can choose. For a full list of provincial badge courses and their requirements please click here. Please take special note of closing dates and the course dates.
Below is a brief outline of some of the courses so that you can see what is what in a general sense. For full information on the badges and their requirements please go to Scout Wiki and view all badge information by clicking here.
Course: Patrol Leader’s Training Unit [PLTU]
Without a doubt, the toughest of all badge courses available. PLTU is not a challenge award for the faint-hearted. Only the best of the best are honoured with being accepted onto the course, which turns average or good leaders into great leaders.
Course: Patrol Leader’s Training Course [PLTC]
A course that is designed to teach young scouts (3rds and 2nds) about the different aspects of leadership. A good course for learning general scout skills, most importantly leadership. Also, a great way to meet new scouts! Suggested for those aiming to become PL’s.
One of the most vital scouting and life skills, the Mapping Badge Course is perhaps one of the most important badge courses. It teaches the ins and outs of land navigation, a skill that you will carry with you for a lifetime.
One of the more relaxed and fun badge courses, the Lifesaver Course takes place at the Sea Scout Base and teaches scouts how to act in emergency situations, a skill that could potentially save lives one day.
An exciting Sea Scout course held at the Sea Scout Base, where scouts are taught how to sail a Saldanha! Highly suggested for those interested in Sailing and who would like to improve their knowledge.
Another important Land Scout course, Pioneers gives you the opportunity to improve your knotting and building skills by constructing massive pioneering projects! Once you go on this course, you will never have an issue with the 6 basic knots ever again.
Another fun Sea Scout course in which you will spend time on the water at the Sea Scout Base in a pulling (rowing) boat. Excellent for those who enjoy water activities and meeting new people. It counts towards the Boson’s Cord too!
Course: First Aid
One of the most important badge courses, the First Aid badge course teaches you how to potentially save someone’s life in the event of an accident. This badge teaches advanced first aid techniques and theory, which will qualify you as a Level 3 First Aider. The badge is a requirement for all Explorers and Cords/Thongs. Suggested for ALL scouts above 14.
Course: Hike Leaders
Another classic Land Scout course, Hike Leaders is a hands-on course that teaches scouts the do’s and don’ts of hiking, with the added bonus of giving you the chance to experience the great outdoors. Suggested for those seeking to improve hiking skills and enjoying nature. Also, it counts towards your Bushman’s Thong or Land Explorer.
The junior version of Boatman, this is a requirement for those wishing to go on Boatman. Suggested for those younger scouts looking to become involved in Sea Scout courses.
Course: Cook’s Badge
Another Land Scout course, Cook’s is a fun and enjoyable course where you will learn how to prepare, cook and present top-class 3 course meals (you get to eat them too). Suggested for those that enjoy cooking.
Course: Air Traffic Controller
An exciting Air Scout course where you will learn all about air planes and their movements. Suggested for those with an interest in aviation and those going for their Airman’s Cord and/or Air Explorer.
A Sea Scout course that teaches scouts how to maintain, repair and generally take care of a sailing or rowing boat. Suggested for scouts interested in sailing.
Course: Air Planner Scoutcraft
A requirement for the Air Navigator Interest Badge, this course teaches you the basics of air navigation.
Course: Air Navigator
This Air Scout course teaches you all about aeronautical navigation and the skills needed to fly a plane. Suggested for those interested in aviation and getting their Airman’s Cord or Air Explorer.
Course: First Aid Scoutcraft
A requirement for the Interest Badge course, First Aid Scoutcraft teaches the basics of first aid, a MUST for any young scout. Suggested for ALL scouts.
An awesome Sea Scout Course, the Canoeist Badge course will take you on an adventure down a beautifully scenic river in a canoe or kayak. Plenty of excitement with rapids, sand banks and hidden spots to relax, as well as teaching you the ins and outs of canoeing.
A classic and tough land scout course, Backwoodsman is all about surviving in the elements. Getting this badge truly makes you a survivor. Suggested for those trying for the Bushman’s Thong and/or their Land Explorer.
Perfect for those younger scouts who are interested in going to more Sea Scout courses and who enjoy water activities, this course teaches the basics of sailing and is a requirement for the Helmsman Badge course.