Last updated: 28 March 2013

The Golden Bauhinia Award

When you have obtained the Cub Scout Award and have reached nine and a half years of age, you will surely want to participate in more challenging activities. Here are the activities which will meet your needs. Some of these activities require more courage, and some more patience. Others require co-operation with others; they are more demanding physically, and some require more skills.

This award is the dream of all Cub Scouts. It is the highest award that can be achieved by a Cub Scout.

You may start the challenging activities for this award any time after you have obtained the Cub Scout Adventure Award and reached nine and a half years of age.

The Golden Bauhinia Award consists of the following areas:

OUTDOOR CHALLENGE

You must complete at least four of the following activities under the guidance and supervision of your Akela.

Camping

Camp outdoors for at least two consecutive nights.

Where can you plan your camp? In Hong Kong, camping is not allowed in most country parks. However, many organisations for youth services run their own campsites. You can book the site through these organisations.

The Scout Association of Hong Kong has several sites for indoor and outdoor camping.

  1. Tai Tam Scout Centre ˇV Hong Kong Island Region ˇV Tai Tam
  2. Tung Tsz Scout Centre ˇV New Territories Region ˇV Tung Tsz
  3. Pak Sha Wan Tam Wah Ching Sea Activity Centre ˇV East Kowloon Region ˇV Pak Sha Wan, Sai Kung
  4. Fei Ngo Shan Gilwell Campsite ˇV Fei Ngo Shan, Kowloon
  5. Shatin Scout Centre ˇV New Territories region ˇV Tsok Pok Hang, Shatin

Try for the Camper Badge.

Other than these sites run by the Scout Association of Hong Kong, you can also book the campsites managed by the Hong Kong Girl Guides Association. You can ask your leaders or enquire directly to these organisations for the detailed procedure. At these campsites, you can learn about camping skills as well as make use of their facilities. These sites have different attractions. For example, some also provide lodging for indoor camping and some have facilities for water activities. You will have an enjoyable time with your friends in the Cub Scout Pack.

Hiking

Plan a hiking expedition of at least 6 kilometres. Complete the expedition and the specific assignment.

Before you carry out the hiking expedition, you must have a detailed plan:

  1. Where are you going for the expedition?
  2. Do you know enough about map reading?
  3. What equipment do you need?
  4. Who else is taking part in this expedition with you?
  5. Have you obtained the approval of your parents or guardian?

You should carry out some activities during the trip to help you prepare the expedition report. The report can include some of the following topics: the route map, special features of the route, natural scenery, special features of the countryside, wild plants and animals, observations on route, illustrations (either photographs or sketches) and collection of samples (such as stones, leaves, etc.), etc.

You can work with several Cub Scouts to complete the expedition and the assignment, but you have to discuss them with a leader first. You must be accompanied by a leader, who will be your advisor along the way. Your leader will offer assistance only under special circumstances. You should carry out this challenging activity on your own most of the time.

Try for the Explorer Badge.

Backwoods Cooking

Make a fire on your own. Cook breakfast, lunch or dinner for yourself without using any cooking utensils.

Do you know how to make a fire? Do you know the rules about making a fire in a country park? Of course you can build a stove in an open space at your meeting place. However, it would be better if you carry out this activity at camp.

You should not use any camp stove or any cooking utensils for this activity, but you can use some ancillary tools such as aluminium foil, bamboo canes, a barbecue net, bricks and stones, etc.

Here are some suggestions for backwoods cooking:

  1. Grill some meat, such as pork chop, steak, or fish, etc. with the help of a barbecue net and some bamboo canes.
  2. Wrap potatoes, sweet potatoes, chicken wings or chicken legs in aluminium foil and grill them on the stove or roast them under the stove.
  3. Remove the inside of an onion or a tomato and put an egg in it. Wrap the onion or tomato in aluminium foil and grill it on the barbecue net.

Your leader can give you further advice. Remember that you should cook enough food for yourself.

Wide Games

Every candidate should team up with a younger Cub Scout to complete this activity.

There are some games you can play together:
(Attention: These wide games should be played only in specified areas inside a campsite.)

  • Night Tracking
    Follow tracking signs at the campsite with the help of a torch.
  • Treasure Hunt
    Find objects that your leader has placed in different locations within the campsite. Your leader will give you some hints.
  • Wild Battle
    Work with your friends to try to snatch the flag set up by your ˇ§opponentsˇ¨. Your leader will set up some rules with you. This game can be played at night to make it more exciting.

Setting up a bivouac

Use natural materials to build a shelter where you could stay the night.

You can build the structure with bamboo canes, then make up the shelter with natural materials such as large leaves or grasses. If it is not possible to get leaves or grasses for the shelter (since you cannot break the branches from the trees, which will destroy the beauty of nature), you can also use substitutes such as a raincoat, a plastic ground sheet, etc. You must set up the structure with bamboo by yourself.

Orienteering

You can carry out this orienteering activity in a park, campsite or country park.

You must use a compass and a map for this activity. Your leader will give you some hints, which can consist of riddles hidden in diagrams or codes. You must solve these riddles or codes to get the instructions for the next checkpoint. You will be able to reach the destination when you have solved all the codes.

You may also carry out other similar activities, but you should discuss this with your Akela and obtain his or her approval first.

Try for the Park Orienteering Badge (Stage 3)

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ADVENTURE CHALLENGE

Complete two of the following adventure activities with the help of a leader and qualified instructors. You must be clear about the safety rules for each of these activities, and you must follow strictly the instructions of your instructors.

Night Expedition

Complete a hike of at least two kilometres at night. The expedition should be planned and led by a leader. The path taken must be straightforward. It must not involve any dangerous activities such as crossing a river or creek, climbing rocks, etc. Cub Scouts can complete this expedition in pairs. They must be equipped with torches, maps, a compass and other emergency equipment. Leaders should supervise at the beginning and at the end of the file, and provide guidance and support when necessary.

Try for the Explorer Badge.

Wall climbing
(To be performed on a wall specially built for climbing.)

You must first receive training in climbing a wall under the guidance of qualified instructors. Your leader can discuss with the instructor the setting of a standard suitable for Cub Scouts to meet.

Pioneering

Cub Scouts must make use of bamboo canes for this challenge. The Cub Scout Pack leader will discuss with the Scout Troop leader, or other leaders who have participated in pioneering courses, the standard of the examination. In principle, a Cub Scout should complete two structures with different knots. These structures must have some practical use, such as a flag pole, a chariot, a tripod, etc. However, Cub Scouts should not be required to construct structures that support climbing, crossing or heavy weights.

Rope Games for Children

You can carry out this activity at campsites which have rope games for children under the guidance of qualified instructors. Some campsites will issue a certificate to those who complete specified rope activities. If you have obtained such a certificate when you have participated in activities held by other organisations, or when your parents have taken you to these sites during the holidays, you can present this certificate to your leader. Your leader will be able to accept the certificate as proof of your having completed this activity.

Archery

You must show your leader (or examiner) the following:

    1. The different parts of a bow.
    2. The ancillary equipment used in archery.
    3. Score calculation from a target face with five concentric colour zones.
    4. The safety rules for archery.
    5. Obtain the minimum score of 24 (recurve bow) or 36 (compound bow) with 6 arrows at a distance of 10 metres a 122 cm diameter target face.
  1. OR

  2. Obtain an approval from any of the home clubs of the Hong Kong Archery Association (including the Scout Association of Hong Kong) certifying that you have satisfied the requirements listed in A.1. ˇV 5.
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SHARING TOGETHER
(Complete at least one of the following activities.)

Participation in Meetings

Participate in at least three meetings of a Sixers Council (with the Sixer, Seconder and your Akela). Propose plans for some new activities and help implement them.

Junior Instructors

During Pack meetings and activities, assist your leaders in teaching skills or activities to younger Cub Scouts and help them complete the assessing process.

Junior Teachers

At school, help younger students with their studies (at least six weeks continuously).

After you have finished any of your tasks, make a presentation to share your experience and help other Cub Scouts to obtain information about the task.

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HELPING TO LEAD
(Complete at least two activities.)

Being a Sixer / Seconder

Be a Sixer or a Seconder for at least half a year. Show excellence in leadership (evaluated by Akela).

Monitor / Prefect

At school, undertake a position as a monitor or a prefect (or other tasks requiring leadership skills) for at least half a year (as recommended by class teachers, teachers in charge of discipline or other leaders).

Team Captain

Be a captain of a sports team or a captain of any other team (as recommended by the teacher in charge of that team).

Organising Activities

Represent your group or your Pack in the organisation of, or assist in, activities undertaken by your group, region or district (as recommended by a leader).

Leading Activities in the Pack

With other older Cub Scouts, play a major role in leading an activity of the Pack; for example, be a ˇĄchefˇ¦ at camp, be a quartermaster, a tent leader, etc, or be a director, script writer, prop man, etc., for a play.

Assisting in Grasshopper Scout Ring Activities

Assist in Grasshopper Scout activities or be an assistant to a leader. Teach some basic Scouting skills to Grasshopper Scouts; lead a game or take care of Grasshopper Scout members in an outdoor activity (as recommended by the leaders of the Grasshopper Scout Ring).

Conducting Scout's Own

Take charge of a Scoutˇ¦s Own or lead a prayer.

Leading Group Work

Take a leadership role in a group activity (such as trying for the World Conservation Badge). Assign the work of other group members and assist them in completing their tasks.

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Application Procedures for the Golden Bauhinia Award and Certificate:

  1. Before starting the Golden Bauhinia Award, your Cub Scout Leader should provide the District Commissioner with a list of the candidate Cub Scouts.
  2. The District Commissioner or its representative gives suggestions and instructions on assessment to ensure each Cub Scout candidate is getting enough guidance and training preceding the assessment.
  3. When the Cub Scout candidates have finished all the Golden Bauhinia Award assessment, they should complete the application form for The Golden Bauhinia Award and Certificate (PT/37), having been nominated by the Cub Scout Leader or the Group Scout Leader, along with copies of the related certificates and their Cub Scout record books, pages 1-3, 5, and 12-15 (including personal details, Scouting record, renewal of membership, Cub Scout Award, Cub Scout Adventure Award, and Cub Scout Adventure Crest Award, if any), and submit them to the District Commissioner for recommendation.
  4. After recommendation by the District Commissioner, the respective District will submit the application forms and the documents mentioned in item (3) to the respective Region for final approval.
  5. After approval by the Regional Commissioner, the respective Region will issue a congratulatory letter and authorisation for badge collection to each awardee.
  6. All certificates are issued by Programme Branch and will be sent to the respective Regional Office each October. The Golden Bauhinia Award ceremony will be organised by Region and each awardee will receive notification from the respective Regional Office.

To avoid the Cub Scout paying too much attention to the Golden Bauhinia Award and neglecting the basic training, all Golden Bauhinia candidates should obtain the Cub Scout Adventure Crest Award between ten and a half and twelve years of age.

Remark: In order to encourage older Cub Scout members to continue and complete the GBA programme, a limited extension of GBA programme is allowed with effect from 1 April 2002. Subject to the fulfilment of the following conditions, Cub Scouts can extend their GBA assessment until the completion of their primary studies:

  1. A Cub Scout may start their GBA programme only if they have gained the Cub Scout Adventure Award and have reached 91/2 years old;
  2. The Cub Scout Leader must notify the District Commissioner of the name and the training progress of the Cub Scout attempting the GBA, and document the request of extension before the Cub may begin the programme;
  3. The Cub Scout concerned must still be studying at primary school (31st August is regarded as the end of an academic year for this purpose) at the completion of the GBA, and documentary proof from the school concerned must be provided.
  4. Documentary proof from the school and a countersigned copy of the notification sent to the District Commissioner must be attached along with the “Application for Golden Bauhinia Award”.

Note: You should not choose skills that have been learned for other badges. The objective of this Award is to require you to take part in more challenges, and these challenges should be those not attempted by the junior Cub Scouts in your pack.

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