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Otter Badges & Award Scheme

This scheme is designed to develop and stimulate the Otter and give a variety and Interest to the Program. It is progressive throughout the period between 5 years and 8 years of age and should be spread over the full three years.

The scheme consists of an Investiture Badge, Four Progress (Paws) Badges, a link to the TimberWolf Pack with the Swimming Otter Badge, Two Pack Camping Badges, a Safety Badge and a Service Badge.

Each Otter Den should wear a 4 cm square felt patch of their Den color at the top of their right arm. Acceptable colors are: Red, Purple, White, Green, Blue, and Orange.


Investiture Badge

1. Know a little about Otters.
2. Know the Otter Motto (Busy and Bright).
3. Know the Otter Salute and Sign.
4. Know a little about B-P, the Founder of Scouting.
5. Take part in an Opening and Closing Ceremony.
6. Know the Otter Law.
7. Know the Otter Promise.


Safety Badge

1. Know your name and address.
2. Know your phone number.
3. Be able to print your name.
4. Know how to cross the road safely.
5. Know about safety with strangers.
6. Know the basic rules of health and hygiene.
7. Know about safety around the home.
8. Be able to tie your own shoe laces.
9. Know what 911 is for and how to call it.
10. Know how to put a Band-Aid on a cut.
11. Know your Mon and Dad's full names.


Helping Badge (Red Paw)

1. Know about helping others and sharing with others.
2. Know about cleanliness and caring for your clothes.
3. Be helpful around the house.
4. Do a good turn for a relative or a neighbor.
5. Take part in a Kim's Game.
6. Take part in the Message Game.
7. Know how to wash dishes and clean up a table.
8. Take part in a Pack good turn.
9. Visit an Old Folk's Home and help serve tea and cookies.
10. Help set up your meeting hall.


Activity Badge (Blue Paw)

1. Be able to throw and catch a ball.
2. Take part in a night hike.
3. Take part in two day hikes.
4. Be able to sing 3 songs.
5. Have an awareness of children with disabilities.
6. Know how to Skip Rope.
7. Take part in team and solo games or sports.
8. Know how to be a good loser and a good winner.


Handicraft Badge (Purple Paw)

1. Draw, and color, a scene or event from a story.
2. Draw a picture of your house.
3. Make a Thank You card.
4. Make a model.
5. Make a collage.
6. Collect 25 stamps and mount them in a book.
7. Make two craft items.
8. Tie a Square (reef) knot.
9. Make a bird feeder from a milk jug.
10. Visit a petting zoo.


Nature Badge (Green Paw)

1. Know about caring for the outdoors.
2. Name 6 animals that are kept as pets.
3. Make a scrap book about Otters.
4. Collect 10 flowers and 10 leaves and press them.
5. Grow a seed in a water soaked paper towel.
6. Grow a carrot top in water.
7. Take part in a Pack Nature Walk.
8. Take part in a trail clean-up.
9. Plant, and take care of a tree for at least a year


Swimming Otter Badge

This badge is presented to the Otter at his Timber Wolf investiture by his Otter Leader, and may be worn until they have earned their second star.
1. Know the story of Mowgli.
2. Know the Timber Wolf Motto.
3. Know the Timber Wolf Salute.
4. Know 2 knots - Clove Hitch and Figure 8 Knot.
5. Have the Safety Badge.
6. Have earned all 4 Paws.
7. Visit the Timber Wolf Pack 3 times.


Pack Camping Badge

This badge is in two parts:
1. A silver and blue badge, worn on the left sleeve, awarded to an Otter who has spent a minimum of 5 nights camping.
2. A red and gold badge, worn on the left sleeve, replacing the silver and blue badge, awarded to an Otter who has spent more than 5 nights camping.


The Project Badge

The Project badge is awarded to an Otter who has completed all TEN of the projects in the Otter Project Book over a period of at least ONE year, commencing not before the sixth birthday.


The Service Badge

The Service badge is awarded to an Otter who has completed all of the following Activities, which must be carried out over a period of at least 8 months.
1. Visit the local Police Station and find out some ways to help prevent crime
2. Visit the local Fire department and find out the danger of fire and some ways of preventing it
  1. Find out about preventing accidents -
    1. in the home
    2. on the road
    3. in the playground
    4. in the swimming pool
4. Find out about recycling of waste, what use can be made of recycled items and take part in a recycling operation.
5. Find out the effects of vandalism on an area and how the cost of repair effects your family.
6. Visit the local Ambulance Station and learn about what they do.
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