SCOUTS - Be Prepared


The Scout must complete all the requirements in one of the following alternatives. Alternative A
  1. Find out about the range of community services provided within the local community, for example, health, education, leisure, youth provision and rescue, using such resources as the local authority, youth officers and local library. Discuss with the assessor how these services are provided and how well they meet the needs of the people they are designed to serve.
  2. After talking to the assessor, find out more about one aspect of community concern in their area.
  3. Give valuable voluntary service to the community for an agreed period of time. Explain to the assessor what they have learned from this experience.
Alternative B The Scout must discuss this option with the assessor before undertaking any of the requirements.
  1. Push a friend or get a friend to push them in a wheelchair around the neighbourhood, visiting shops and public buildings. Describe the experience to the assessor.
  2. Show how to open and close a wheelchair properly and how to take it up and down curbs, down a slope and up and down stairs.
  3. Demonstrate the techniques of lifting someone who has a weakness in the legs and of transferring them from one chair to another.
  4. Describe and, if possible, show eight items of aids used by people with Special Needs. Explain to the assessor how these items are used.
  5. Learn some words in Makaton or British Sign Language, such as: Hello, Please, Thank you, Friend, Help, Home, Tired, Eat, Drink, Yes, No, Okay, Wash, Toilet and Goodbye.
  6. Help to run a Special Needs awareness activity for a group of Scouts.
  7. Choose one of the following activities:
    1. Help at a PHAB Club or Gateway Club or Pack or Troop that caters for Scouts with Special Needs for an agreed period.
    2. Help at a camp at which there are a number of Scouts with Special Needs.
    3. One other activity of a similar nature and level of achievement as agreed between yourself and the Section leadership team.
  8. Having completed sections 1 - 7, discuss how they now feel about people with Special Needs and how they will behave towards them in the future.
Alternative C
  1. Take part in a visit to a local police station and find out about:
    • The organisation of the police service including the rank structure and the various specialist departments.
    • Communications including personal radio, emergency system and phonetic alphabet.
    • The practical side of preventing and detecting crime.
  2. Show an understanding of crime prevention in the home and the community.
  3. Watch a stranger for a period of two minutes and, after a period of time, be able to describe him or her in such a way as to allow the person to be recognised.
Alternative D Take part in a locally organised course as agreed between themselves, the Section leadership team and the police service.