How to take part: 

We’re running a competition for young people to design a new Northumberland Scouts Challenge badge! Use the information on this page to design your badge and send it to us online.

The chosen design will be used to create a new badge that members will be able to wear on their uniform. 

Each section will have a range of challenges to take part in over the year. If you take part in 3 challenges you will get the very first Northumberland Scouts Challenge Badge.

The first challenge is to design the badge which will be awarded to everyone who completes three challenges.

Design your badge:

Your badge can be about any topic you’d like, it could be just for fun, or it could be about something that’s important to you. Whatever you decide, and however you want to design it, there are a couple of things to make sure you include.

The winning design will be turned into digital artwork so we can create the badge. It might mean that we make some small changes to your design, and we’ll need to make sure the colours used match our brand guidelines.

Competition entries open today, all entries must be submitted by 5th May 2024.

You’ll need to include:

  • The Scouts fleur-de-lis somewhere on the badge
  • Northumberland Scouts County Challenge
  • Circular shape or Rectangular shape
  • Maximum of 8 colours

Don’t forget to inform us of:

  • Your name  
  • Your section and Scout Group 
  • Name and email address of Section Volunteer, parent or guardian

Download your template

If you’re drawing your design by hand, we’ve created a handy template to help.

Information sheet

Check out these handy hints for creating your design.

Submit your design:

There are a couple of ways to submit your badge idea to us. If you have access to a computer, the easiest way to submit the designs is through our online entry form. You’ll just need to take a photo of, or scan in, your entry to upload. Or email to [email protected]

Further Information

Who can enter

The competition is open to young people from any section, that’s Squirrels, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Network.   

We’ll need a contact email for an adult volunteer or parent/carer and can only accept one entry per young person – so if you’ve got a few ideas, pick your best one!

Submitting multiple entries

If you’re a volunteer and want to submit entries for a number of young people in your group, please make sure you do the following: 

  • Only submit one design per member.  
  • Make sure each entry is clearly labelled both on the paper and in the file name.  

Our online entry form only allows for a maximum of 10 file uploads. If you have more than 10 entries, you’ll have to combine some of them into the same file, or complete the form more than once.

Information on the deadlines

We know there’s a fairly short deadline, and that we’ve not given you a lot of time to plan activity into your programmes, but we’d really love your ideas if you’re able to submit them.

We’re trying something new with this competition, and want to make sure there’s enough time to turn your badge design into a reality so Scouts can start earning it before the end of the year.  

How we’ll choose the winning design

A panel of Team Northumberland Scout volunteers will help to narrow down all of the brilliant badge ideas. Once we’ve got a shortlist, we’re hoping to run a public vote so everyone can get involved in choosing the winning design.

When we’ll announce the winning design

The winner will be announced in June 2024. We’ll then turn the design into digital artwork so we can create the real life badge!