Cubs Naturalist Badge

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Learn how to identify 6 different living things from 2 of these categories (12

a. Trees
b. Garden birds
c. Water birds
d. Minibeasts and insects
e. Wild flowers
f. Pond dwellers
g. Fungi
h. Butterflies and moths

Some resources which may help with this requirement

You can also get apps, such as the ‘Woodland Trust Tree ID app’

Learn the countryside code and how to follow it

a. Do some research to find out about the countryside code and why it is important

b. Quiz!

Choose 1 of these activities to do:

a. Create a piece of art using natural materials – You could do a bark or leaf rubbing, dried flower picture, or maybe a collage (see activity below)

b. Use a dye that uses natural ingredients to colour a piece of material

c. Make a feeding station for birds – Get permission to hang it in a good position

d. Make a hedgehog, ladybird, or bee house


Send any work that you do for this badge to or keep it safe and bring it along when Scouting returns.

Any questions, use the same email address, or for parents; post in Facebook, or message a leader.

There are some extra activities which you could do below!

The Leafy Hedgehog

• Cut out the hedgehog template (download template here)
• Colour the hedgehog’s face and belly brown (using colouring pens or pencils)
• Use glue to cover the hedgehog’s back
• Gather some leaves, twigs, and feathers and place them on the hedgehog’s back where the glue is
• Give your hedgehog a name!
• Think about why Bonfire Night might be a dangerous time for hedgehogs and what we could do to help them (e.g. finding them somewhere else to hibernate and making sure they have access to enough food and water)
You could create a poster to share with people

Living Art

Collect some natural materials (such as leaves, mud, sticks, twigs, stones or pebbles)
a. Only collect things that have fallen to the ground, don’t pick anything from living plants

Using some paper and sticky tape, create a poster about the things that you have found
a. You could stick things on, or copy patterns that you can see
b. Try to identify some of the things that you have found (e.g. what type of leaf)

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