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Silver Boomerang (Scouts Australia)

If you join Cub Scouts around 9 years of age, you will probably start your journey through the Cub Scout Award Scheme with the Silver Boomerang. However, if you joined earlier you would probably have completed your Bronze Boomerang and would now be entering the second part of the Boomerang Award – the Silver Boomerang. The tasks in this part of the award are more challenging, but build on the skills you have already learned. To achieve the Silver Boomerang Award you will need to complete 10 of the 14 set tasks. Tasks 1 to 7 must be completed but you can choose any three from the tasks numbered 8 to 14. You may do the tasks in any order, except for number 7 – Promise and Law – which must be completed last and be signed off by your Cub Scout Leader.

  • These are Compulsory

    Do all of the following:

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    • 1

      Health & First Aid

      • A

        Personal Health: *Explain how to keep your feet in good condition and why. *Discuss why sleep is important. *Discuss the importance of a balanced diet. *Prepare a healthy lunch for an outing.

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      • B

        Basic First Aid: *Check and replenish or put together a simple first aid kit and take it on bushwalks and outings with you. *Show how to treat a bleeding nose. *Show how to treat stings and insect bites common to your region.

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      • C

        Infections: *Show an understanding of how germs and head lice can pass to people by contact, and how to prevent this.

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      • D

        Adult Help: *Explain why you need adult help in case of accidents. *Pass a message, including an address, from one adult to another. *Explain how to use a mobile phone and a public phone and discuss the steps you would take to make an emergency phone call.

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    • 2

      Safety

      • a

        Buddy System: *Define the Buddy System and explain its benefits.

      • b

        Home accidents: *Discuss the causes of accidents around the home and garden, including in sheds and around swimming pools.

      • c

        Safe travelling/Road: *Discuss the safety aspects of travelling in cars, buses and trains.

      • d

        Water Safety: *Demonstrate an understanding of the dangers of swimming in: *swimming pools, *sea, *rivers and lakes, *dams. *Identify safe areas for swimming.

      • e

        Bush Safety: *Explain what to do to make sure you don’t get lost in the bush and what to do if something goes wrong. *Demonstrate three ways of making distress signals.

      • f

        Fire Safety: *Discuss the ways that fires can start in the home and in the bush. *Show what to do if you are in a fire at home.

      • g

        Personal Safety: *Discuss what to do if you do not feel safe somewhere.

    • 3

      Ropes

      • a

        Tying Knots: *Tie a sheetbend. *Tie a clove hitch. *Tie a reef knot.

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      • b

        Use of Knots: *Discuss how and when to use these knots.

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      • c

        Care of Ropes: *Name the parts of a rope.

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    • 4

      Outdoor Scouting

      • a

        Compass and Navigation: *Demonstrate an understanding of how many degrees there are in a compass and the eight principal points. *Use a compass to follow a trail, which includes at least six compass points.

      • b

        Maps and Hiking: *Use a road map to work out the distances between two towns named by a Leader. *Demonstrate five trail signs.

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      • c

        Fire Lighting: *State the local fire rules in your area and care to take when lighting a fire in the bush. *Prepare a suitable fireplace, light a fire and put it out correctly.

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      • d

        Outdoor Cooking: *On a fire you prepare and light, cook a meal such as sausages or food in a foil pouch.

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    • 5

      Our Cub Scout Traditions

      • a

        The Jungle Books: *Tell one of the stories in The Jungle Books that does not have Mowgli in it. *Explain the significance of Baloo and Bagheera in Mowgli’s life.

      • b

        Scouting History: *Find out when Scouting started in your local Group. *Find out the history of your Scarf and/or District/ Region badge.

    • 6

      Symbols of Australia

      • a

        Flags: *Describe the flag of your State or Territory and show an understanding of the components of it.

      • b

        Emblems: *Describe the shield or coat of arms of your State or Territory and show an understanding of what it means.

      • c

        Flora & Fauna: *Name and describe the flora and fauna emblems of your State or Territory.

    • 7

      Promise & Law

      • a

        Duty to your God: *Find out three things about your beliefs and explain them to your Leader.

      • b

        Promise and Law: *Talk to your Leader about how you have tried to put your Promise and Law into practice in everything you have done.

      • c

        Service: *Do a good turn for your Cub Pack or Scout Group and tell your Leader about it.

      • d

        Breaking the Cycle: *Lead a game or activity that demonstrates how Cub Scouts look after each other and don’t bully. *Discuss as a Six or Pack your current Pack code and contribute to Annual Review of Pack Code.

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  • Electives

    Do only 3 of these

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    • 8

      Fitness

      • a

        Ball Skills: *Throw a ball a distance of 10 metres to someone else and catch it on return five times. *Hit a ball with either a bat or racquet five times.

      • b

        Athletic Skills: *Perform a standing broad jump as far as you can.

      • c

        Strength and Stamina: *Skip 20 times forward and 10 times backwards.

    • 9

      People and Cultures

      • a

        Indigenous Australians: *Explain some of the customs, traditions and crafts of the traditional owners of your area.

      • b

        International cultures: *Learn to say “Hello”, “Goodbye”, “Please” and “Thank You” in a language other that your own, preferably from a native speaker of the language.

      • c

        Scouting: *Take part in a Pack Council. *Take part in an activity with another Pack or one organised by District, Region or Branch.

    • 10

      Scientific Discovery: Cub Scouts will be required to do any two of the following.

      • a

        Biology: *Observe how an animal, bird, reptile or insect develops and behaves. *Report on your findings.

      • b

        Chemistry: *Perform an experiment that shows the difference between gas, liquid and solid states.

      • c

        Geology: *Explain how volcanoes erupt and earthquakes occur. *Show an experiment that illustrates one of these.

      • d

        Physics: *Show you understand the weather forecast. *Show how rain is formed.

      • e

        Estimation: Estimate the following: *the distance from your Scout Hall door to the road, *the distance from one end of the Hall to the other, *the height of a flagpole or tree. *Check how accurately you have estimated by measuring these.

    • 11

      The Natural Environment

      • a

        Recycling: *Explain how you can recycle household waste. *Make a system for recycling organic waste from your house, e.g. a worm farm, compost heap.

      • b

        Pollution: *Help to clean up litter in your local area. *Discuss some of the effects of pollution on our rivers, lakes and seas. *Show how you and your family can help to reduce water pollution.

      • c

        Habitat Destruction: *On a bushwalk find examples of five things that have damaged the environment, e.g. litter and pollution, salinity, erosion and man-made damage.

    • 12

      Self expression: Cub Scouts will be required to do any two of the following.

      • a

        Performing Arts: *Organise and perform in a mime, skit or play with other members of your Pack.

      • b

        Visual Arts: *Create a painting, drawing or three dimensional piece and have it ready to display.

      • c

        Creative Writing: *Write a poem or a short story, which may be fictional, or a report of an event.

      • d

        Music: Play two pieces on a musical instrument or sing two songs for the Pack.

    • 13

      Handcraft

      • a

        *Make something using a craft method which is new to you. *Show the tools you used and explain how to care for them.

    • 14

      Your Community

      • a

        Home: *Demonstrate that you know how to do cleaning around the home such as vacuuming, sweeping, washing up and cleaning the bathroom. *Do some minor repairs to clothes and around the house.

      • b

        Local Community: Find out how your town or suburb name originated. *Where is the nearest: *Police Station? *Ambulance Station? *Hospital?

      • c

        Local Organisations: *Name three essential service organisations that provide for your community and explain what they do.