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Road Safety Badge

Road Safety badge sheet
We completed this badge over two weeks at Cubs. During the first session we started by looking at road signs (requirement 1). We then learnt about pedestrian crossing (requirement 3) and practiced making emergency calls (requirement 5). 

We started the second week by testing their knowledge of the Green Cross Code (requirement 2) and looking at the highway code more generally. We then went on a road safety walk, trying out a range of pedestrian crossings, making use of the green cross code and spotting road signs on the way. When we got back we completed car passenger safety role plays (requirement 4) and sent home a sheet for parents to sign, confirming that they can behave safely in the car. They were also told to make road safety posters (requirement 6) at home.

1 Draw or photograph ten different traffic signs and explain what they mean.
At the beginning of the first meeting start by quickly looking at the different types and shapes of road sign:

Cubs then work in Sixes for a road sign finding game. The A4 road signs are spread out at one end of the room. Cubs sit in their Sixes at the other end of the room and each Six is given a road signs reference sheet. Each Cub is numbered (if Sixes aren't equal, one or two Cubs in smaller Sixes can have more than one number). A Leader calls a sign (name or what it's for) and then a number - the appropriate numbered Cubs run up and try to find the sign. The first to hold up the correct sign earns a point. If a Cub holds up the wrong sign, they lose a point. Leave all the signs down throughout the game to make it harder!

Finally, Cubs have to draw ten road signs, using the sign sheets from earlier as a guide:

2 Show how to use the Green Cross Code.
The Cubs should all know the Green Cross Code by this age, so start by getting them to sort it into the correct order: give each Six a shuffled code and see how quickly they can put it right:

Once they had done this, give each Six a Highway Code booklet and quiz and give them 10-15 minutes, working in their Sixes, to try and find as many answers as possible:

3 Tell a leader about the importance of different types of pedestrian crossing and know how to use them safely.
This game is designed to get Cubs thinking about different types of crossing and how to use them in a fun way:
> Pedestrian crossing game (PDF)

As a follow up to the game, get them to complete the matching sheet to show that they know which crossing is which:

Go on a walk from the Scout HQ, taking in a variety of different types of crossing. We kept the Cubs in their Sixes and got them to wear fluorescent/reflective waistcoats. On the walk practice using the Green Cross Code and different types of crossing and also identify different road signs along the route. The Sixers (or Leaders) keep a record of all the road signs they spot and correctly name.

4 Show that you know how to behave safely as a car passenger.
Get the Cubs to role-play various scenarios to get them thinking about safe behaviour. The give them sheets to take home for their parents to sign to confirm that they know how to behave correctly.

5 Show how to use a public telephone or mobile telephone and know how to make an emergency telephone call.
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.

6 Make a poster to promote road safety to pedestrians or cyclists.
Ask the Cubs to do this at home (see sheet with requirement 4).