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Personal Safety Badge

Personal Safety badge sheet
We complete this badge over two or three weeks at Cubs, including a fire station visit if possible. We start the first evening with a discussion covering requirements 5 and 6 below and starting with the following points:
  • It's important that you know how to stay safe
  • This means not getting hurt or into any other kind of trouble
  • There can be dangers everywhere and we will be thinking about how to avoid danger and what they can do to help themselves and others to stay safe
1 Explain the dangers of playing on or near two of the following: railways, busy roads, building sites, cliffs, canal banks, sand or gravel pits, farmyards, river banks, quarries, moorlands and lakes.
The Cubs work individually to complete at least two of the three "spot the dangers" worksheets (covering beaches, railways and farmyards) - those who work quickly can complete all three. When a Six has all completed at least the first two they should discuss with a leader which dangers they identified and why these things are dangerous.
> Dangers worksheets (PDF)

Play a game with the Cubs, working in Sixes. Each Six has a chair and must nominate one representative. A leader reads out a list of true/false statements. If the Cubs think it is true, the Six representative stands on the chair; if they think it is false they must sit on the chair. You may find that they all copy each other so it is worth having a "3-2-1 now" countdown, with Cubs not allowed to change position after the now. Get the Sixes to take it in turns to explain their answers (and, if you use them, award points to all Sixes with correct answers). Some of the questions require knowledge of beach safety flags - we stick several copies of these up around the room but don't refer to them as this also tests observation skills!
> Dangers true/false game (PDF)
> Beach flags (PDF)

Finally, get the Cubs to design a poster which explains the dangers of one of these things (depending on time available this may be done/finished off at home):
> Poster sheet (PDF)

2 Take part in a fire drill. Know what precautions to take to protect your home, Scout meeting place, Pack camp and Pack holiday against the risk of fire. Explain the importance of a working smoke detector. Know what you would do in the event of a fire in your home.
We try to arrange a visit to the local fire station close to when we are doing this badge. At the beginning of an evening explain to the Cubs that you will be having a fire drill during the evening and what you expect of them:
  • The drill may take place at any time
  • The start will be indicated by three blasts on the whistle (demonstrate)
  • The Cubs should immediately stop what they are doing and calmly stand up
  • They should form a line by the door which Akela goes to (could be any of three), remaining quiet throughout
  • Akela will then lead them outside to a safe spot and count them to ensure they are all there
A visit to the fire station covers the remaining points, but provide Cubs with this sheet as a reminder:
> Fire safety leaflet (PDF)

3 Show you can use at least one of the following codes: Green Cross Code, Water Safety Code, Bathing Code, Firework Code etc. Make up a safety code of your own choice, eg car passenger, train passenger, and the playground.
We focus on the Firework Code (as we do this badge during the autumn term). Start by working with the Cubs in Sixes and getting them to think about what should be in the firework code. They should spend about 10 minutes doing this, with the Sixer or Seconder acting as scribe and writing down all of their ideas. They then have a look at the real Code and see how their list compares - did they miss anything? Did they think of anything which is not included?
> Fireworks Code Six sheet (PDF)
> Fireworks Code leaflet (PDF)

We follow this up with a relay style game to see how much they can remember. Each Six is given a pile of words. At the other end is a Code sheet with blanks. Cubs have to pick up a word, run to the other end and put it into the correct spot. Subsequent Six members can change words if they think they are wrong.
> Fireworks Code game (PDF)

Cubs take home a safety code sheet to complete in their own time. On the reverse is a copy of the Firework's Code and a space for parents to sign to confirm that their Cub knows how to use this code.
> Cubs own safety code sheet (PDF)

4 Know how to use a public telephone and how to make an emergency phone call, including using a mobile telephone.
Discuss this as a Pack. The Cubs should then practice the emergency call role play in pairs, making sure each Cub had a turn as both caller and operator.
> How to make an emergency call (PDF)
> Emergency call role play (PDF)

5 Explain what you must do if a stranger starts to talk to you, and what you must tell your parents or carers if you are going out without them.
Introduce this by way of a discussion as a whole Pack, as part of the first introductory session. Put up the questions on a white board / flip chart paper and get Cubs to make suggestions with one acting as scribe - this helps give structure to the discussion.
> Stranger danger structured discussion (PDF)

We also stage the appearance of a stranger / removal of a Cub during the meeting. We arrange for another leader, who we know but the Cubs do not, to arrive during the evening, come in without speaking to any leaders, walk up to a Cub and get him/her to follow them out of the room (the Cub will have been pre-selected and pre-warned). A few minutes later, Akela starts asking everyone if they have seen the missing Cub to see if anyone notices what happened.

6 Know how and why you might contact helplines such as Childline, for example.
Do this by way of a discussion as a whole Pack, as part of the first introductory session. Put up the questions on a white board / flip chart paper and get Cubs to make suggestions with one acting as scribe - this helps give structure to the discussion.
> Childline structured discussion (PDF)

7 Explain the best way to stay safe while online. Write some common sense rules to observe while you are on the internet.
Get the Cubs to complete these at home:
> Staying safe online worksheet (PDF)