Cub, Beaver, Brownie and Rainbow Activities

Suggestions for sections of badges that could be covered by a visit to Stotfold Mill and Nature Reserve


Cub Badges


Local Knowledge     Naturalist          Animal Carer


  Our World            Science

Local Knowledge Activity Badge

  • Learn about a famous building of historical interest in your area and visit it.

Naturalist Activity Badge

  • Learn how to identify six different living things from 2 categories e.g. trees, water birds, minibeasts and insects, pond dwellers, wild flowers.
  • Over three months, visit the same natural area at least four times. Take a note of the changes in the plants and wildlife that you see.
  • Create a piece of art using natural material.

Animal Carer Activity Badge

  • Keep a record of bird, animal or insect life in your garden, local area, park (or nature reserve).                                  
  • Keep pictures, sketches, photographs or audio recordings of them.

Our World Challenge Award                           

  • Find out about services for people (e.g a museum) in your local area, and visit one.


  • We can also offer science activity sessions


                                                                                                                                              Beaver Challenge Badges


My Adventure  My Outdoors      My Skills


My World              Science

My Adventure Challenge Badge

  • Take part in an outdoor activity e.g following a trail.
  • Go on a ramble or nature walk. 

My Outdoors Challenge Badge

  • Take part in an activity with natural things like leaves, bark, twigs, sand or rocks.
  • Point out and name five different types of animals, insects, birds or fish and find out about the food they eat and the places they live.
  • Make something to help animals in the wild – for example, a bird box or bug hotel.

 My Skills Challenge Badge

  • Go to somewhere new and find out five facts about it.        

 My World Challenge Badge

  • Go pond dipping.
  • Go on a mini-beast hunt.
  • Try some leaf printing.


  • We can also offer science activity workshops.


Brownie Badges


Culture          Wildlife           Seasons             Science


  • Visit a local museum to find out about some of the collections and exhibits.
  • Talk with an adult you know about how the area where you live has changed.

Wildlife Explorer

  • Visit a nature reserve. Draw pictures or take photographs of at least four different types of trees. Make leaf and bark rubbings. Label them with the names of the trees.
  • Identify three of each of the following: common wild birds; common butterflies and wild mammals.
  • Study what lives in a pond or stream. Look for insects, fish, amphibians and plants. Make a record of any signs of pollution.


  • Keep a record of when and where you see the following: spring flowers, leaves appearing on trees, baby animals.
  • Watch butterflies, bees and other insects on a flowering plant or bush. Know what they are doing and why.
  • Use fallen natural objects, like conkers, acorns or leaves to make a collage or decoration. Or – Make a picture from bark or stone rubbing.

 Science Explorer

  • Visit a museum.
  • Forces: Find out about how different forces act on each other.
  • Visit a nature reserve
  • Animals: How are animals adapted to their environments?
  • Plants: What does a plant need to grow?


Rainbow Badges

Roundabout and Jigsaw

Rainbow Roundabout and Jigsaw Themes 

  • Visit interesting places. Learn about the local community.
  • Explore how the seasons change.