Scouts Hobby

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As noted in Scouters' Tip - PAB, existing inventory for Photography Challenge Badge should be used before new designs are used. The ScoutShop may not have new Canadian Path based badges until the 2011 program change versions are used. Being wise in the use of your Group's inventory is also recommended

See Personal Achievement Badges - Scouts as well as The Canadian Path - Scout, including:

PAB Resources:

Scouters' Tips:

From the Scouter Manual:

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Scouts Hobby

Objective: I will explore a new creative pursuit or take a hobby I already do to new levels.

When planning your adventure, consider:

  • learning a new hobby
  • developing an aspect of a hobby that you have never before tried
  • sharing what you’ve made or teaching this hobby to someone.

Here are some ideas to get you going on creating your own adventures:

Adventure Idea 1: Photography 1. Make a point of taking photos on the next camping trips and hikes. For each outing, take pictures according to a different theme. Try to identify what makes a good picture, depending on the theme. For one outing, focus on taking good candid pictures of your fellow Scouts. On another, focus on your natural environment. 2. Take photographs on an outing using a film camera. Compare the developed results with another day’s photographs taken using a digital camera. 3. Challenge yourself to take photographs in a wide variety of light conditions, from the dark of night to the light of mid-day. Experiment with accessories and the settings on your camera to improve your photographs. 4. Use editing software to refine the digital photographs you have taken. Watch tutorials online to learn some new tricks with the software. 5. Create a slideshow and share your photographs with your Troop. Adventure Idea 2: Knitting and Sewing 1. Learn to knit. If you already know how to knit, challenge yourself with a project you’ve never tried before. If you are just learning for the first time, try a small project, like a washcloth. 2. When you have some experience knitting, set yourself a goal of knitting some manageable items for charity. 3. Take on the time-consuming challenge of knitting or crocheting a blanket. 4. Learn to sew. Find some items of clothing that you can repair with some basic stitches. 5. Learn to use a sewing machine and follow a simple pattern to make an article of clothing or a soft toy. Other Ideas! Start with these and develop the five parts to your adventure.

  • Have you ever built a model of something, either from a kit or with your own materials? Create some new models and show them to your Patrol or Troop. What did you enjoy?
  • Become a chess master. Learn how to play chess and challenge others to a game. Keep a record of your wins/losses, your strategies, length of games, number of moves, etc. Take part in a community tournament or organize a tournament for the Troop. Find out more about the current world chess champion.
  • Tackle the Rubik’s Cube and learn how to solve it. What are the different algorithms and strategies that can be used to solve the cube? What is your fastest time for completing it?
  • Start a new collection or add to a collection you already have. Improve your display for the collection. What would you recommend to others if collecting similar items? What is the value of your collection? How do you take care to preserve your collection?
  • Observe and identify as many different species of wild birds as possible. Use a field notebook or a phone app to track your sightings. Take part in a winter bird count.
  • Plan a geohunt for your Patrol. Choose a theme, set up a course with at least four waypoints, teach the players how to use a GPS unit, and play the game. Or maintain a Geocache and track who has visited.
  • Create a book filled with drawings and paintings of a favourite subject, favourite sayings, birds and animals you have seen while hiking, or some other subject that interests you.
  • Participate in a local, national, or international competition in a field that you are interested in. Take your skills in this pursuit to a new level. Celebrate with your Patrol or Troop.
  • How about an adventure involving agricultural or farm animal care or veterinary work?

Need some more ideas?

Look at the Trail Cards for Cabot Trail (Creative Expression) to inspire a Hobby adventure you’d like to try on your own.