In 122 AD, Emperor Hadrian ordered the construction of a Wall to mark the northern edge of the Roman Empire in Britain. 1900 years later, substantial parts of the Wall still stand and form an important part of our Northern landscape and history as well as part of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site.

This year, 2022, we want to focus not only on the Wall itself, but also on the people who built it and lived on it or near it. Who were these people? Apart from some stones on a windy ridge, what is their legacy – how did they shape the world we live in today? To quote both Monty Python and Adam Hart-Davies, “What have the Romans ever done for us?”

This Challenge Badge is open to Scouts, Guides, Cubs, Brownies, Beavers and Rainbows. There are eight different sections in this badge. To qualify, you must complete:

Scouts/Guides: at least 8 activities. There should be at least one activity in each section.

Cubs/Brownies: at least 6 activities from any section.

Beavers/Rainbows: at least 4 activities from any section. Squirrels: at least 3 activities from any section.

All sections have hyperlinks to activities as well as websites, blogs and films to help build background knowledge. Some activities are easier than others and are more targeted young participants.

To order the Hadrian’s Wall Challenge Badge, please click here.


1. Roman History – the Empire and the Wall

 2. Food and Drink

3. Art and Engineering

4. Roman writing and education

5. Faith in Roman times

6. Natural environment/conservation/archaeology 

7. International Scouting/Guiding

8. Exploring your local Roman sites