SCOUTS - Be Prepared


The Scout must complete the following:

  1. Be aware of safety in the home, which may include:
    • Recognise chemical hazard symbols such as toxic, flammable and irritant, and know how to minimise the danger to themselves and others.
    • Recognise hazards in particular environments, for instance, slippery surfaces.
    • Know about and use safety equipment such as goggles, gloves, masks, ear defenders.
    • Know how and where to turn off main supplies to the house such as water, electricity and gas, and to isolate individual electrical circuits if necessary.
    • Be aware that there are regulations that limit what an amateur may do.
  2. Show or explain how they would deal with four minor emergencies, such as:
    • Unblocking a sink.
    • Repairing a leaking tap, for instance, renewing a washer.
    • Thawing frozen pipes and patching a leak.
    • Adjusting the float arm in a cistern or water storage tank.
    • Fitting or rewiring an electrical plug.
    • Replacing a fuse or resetting a circuit breaker.
    • Changing a light bulb.
    • Helping to repair a broken window.
    • Repairing a tear in clothes or upholstery.
    • Removing common stains such as ink, wine or coffee.
  3. Take an active part in two major DIY projects, indoors or out, such as:
    • Insulate the loft or fit draught-proofing to windows and doors.
    • Insulate the cold water storage tank, pipes and hot water cylinder.
    • Plan a colour scheme for a room and prepare a sample board.
    • Prepare and paint, wallpaper or tile the walls of a room.
    • Prepare and paint woodwork or furniture.
    • Fit a curtain track and hang curtains.
    • Make a free-standing storage unit or put up shelves.
    • Cover a floor with vinyl overlay, lino, tiles or carpet.
    • Hang a door and fit or repair locks and other door furniture.
    • Carry out a home security survey and take action to make the house more secure, such as fitting window locks, marking property with a UV pen and fitting a burglar alarm.
    • Lay a patio or path.
    • Build a low wall, barbecue, gate or fence.
    • Create and maintain a garden pond.
    • Repair bodywork on a car and clean and polish the car.
    • Any other projects of a similar skill level as agreed with the assessor. They should be involved in the planning of the project, which will probably include taking measurements. Choose the right materials and tools for the job and make sure that they know how to use them safely.