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Communicator Badge

Communicator badge sheet
There are also some related resources on our disability awareness themed evening page.

We completed this badges over two evenings. They completed some activities as a Pack and visited various "communication bases" in their Sixes. In addition they were required to complete one part of the badge (report writing) at home. 

As the Cubs arrive for the first meeting give them a communication word search to complete:

1 Show how to use a public telephone.
Take the Cubs in small groups to the local public telephone and get each of them to go through the process of using the phone, including making reverse charges and emergency calls.

2 Describe how to make an emergency call, and what you would need to tell the emergency operator.
Discuss this as a Pack. The Cubs then practice the emergency call role play in pairs, making sure each Cub has a turn as both caller and operator.

3 Receive directions or instructions to do something. Check with the information provider that you have understood and then followed the directions or instructions.
This is one of the bases. Cubs should be given written instructions to follow - emphasis is placed on doing everything in the correct order and in the exact way specified. If they correctly complete one set of instructions, give them additional instructions to follow.

4 Arrange for someone that you know to give you a call. Take down the message, making sure that you have all the relevant details.
This is one of the bases. We have a mobile phone at Cubs and arrange for the partner of one of the Cub leaders to phone when we are ready. The Cubs have to answer the phone and give their name. The caller then gives the Cub one of six pre-agreed messages and the Cub has to take a note of the relevant details.

5 Find out about and show you can use at least three of the following: fax (facsimile) machine, answering machine, mobile phone, email, text messages, pager or voice mail.
This is covered in two of the bases. We take a laptop and several mobile phones along to Cubs. We run bases for them to show that they know how to use email and text messages (with practical skills and quizzes). The use of mobile phones is covered by a combination of the texting and answering the call for requirement 4.

6 Complete any three of the following activities:
We chose two of these which could be completed as bases, together with one for the Cubs to complete at home. In addition we have used a code activity on other occasions which satisfies one of the criteria.

(a) Make a verbal, taped or a newsletter report of a local event either past or present.
Cubs were asked to produce a report of a Cub event that they had attended. They had to do this as home and then bring it along to Cubs to be checked.

(c) Find out how people with a visual or hearing impairment communicate (eg Braille, Makaton or British Sign Language). Learn a simple phrase in an alternative form of communication.
This is one of the bases. The Cubs discuss what sign language is and how it was used, then have a go at using the finger spelling alphabet to sign out their name and a short message.

(f) Write and decipher three simple messages using codes, ciphers, invisible ink, or semaphore.
Whilst we didn't include this as one of our bases we have resources for this from other activities that we have done with the Cubs:

(g) Memorise a short message and re-tell it 15 minutes later.
At the beginning of the meeting, immediately after flag break, give each Cub a message to memorise (all Cubs within a Six should have a different message). Then play a running around game for 15 minutes. At the end of this time get the Cubs to repeat back their messages.