You can expect a hugely rewarding time as an adult in Scouting, but don’t expect to pick up a fist full of badges as an adult. But there are some!
When you’re first invested, you will receive the World Organisation of Scout Movements (WOSM) Membership Badge. This common badge is worn by Scouts around the world, and so you can rest safe in the knowledge that you’re a member of a global fellowship. You’ll also receive the Group Name Tag, and District & County Badge – to begin with, that’s all you’ll get.
If you have first aid training outside of the organisation that allows you to train first aid (i.e. First Aid At Work), then you can also wear the First Aider badge.
Once you have completed all of the training required for your role, you may receive the Wood Badge (not all roles). This takes the form of 2 wooden beads, fixed onto a leather necklace, and can be worn in conjunction with a Turks Head Woggle made from Leather.
At 5 year intervals (up to 30 years), you’ll receive an award to thank you for your long service to Scouting.
From 5 years, you may be eligible for a large number of other awards, which vary from certificates, to badges, right through to medals.
There may be additional badges that you can affix to your uniform also. For example, Archery GB Instructor, and Active Support (if you are a member of a National Active Support Unit – this, also attracts it’s own separate necker).
But badges aren’t the best thing to come out of your time as a Scouter, there is a much bigger reward…