Personal Challenge Activities

2015sc-cs-perA set of activities for scouts to identify personal qualities and decide challenges for the personal challenge award. We did this in a single evening but feel free to adapt it to your needs.

Paper, Printed ‘What am I good at’ Cards and Booklet (1 per Scout)


  • Identify strongest skills and personal qualities.
  • Decide on skills and personal qualities which you would like to be better at.
  • Discuss with peers and adults how these areas can be developed.
  • Decide on 1 (or 2) personal challenges to complete.

Introduction (10 Mins)

  1. Gather the whole troop together in a circle. Discuss the Personal Challenge Award and any questions they have.
  2. Tell scouts that it is important to always do your best and challenge yourself. In the future this means you’ll develop more skills, take part in more experiences and be better than you think at doing things.
  3. Ask a Scout to read aloud the Scout Law. Ask Scouts to rate themselves out of 10 for how well they live by the Scout law. Ask if they have any initial challenges they could set themselves based on the Scout law.
    • Possible answers: Don’t tell lies, tidy my room, do this washing up, don’t fight with my siblings etc.
    • Tell the group these are good ideas but we’ll be developing them further.

Activity 1 (10 Mins)

  1. Give each Scout a pack of ‘What am I good at?’ cards. Then read each one aloud.
  • Cooking.
  • Organising and being tidy.
  • Looking after my things.
  • Helping my Mum and Dad around the house.
  • Physical activities (Eg: Football, Running)
  • Being a good friend and helping others.
  • Behaviour (Either at Home, School or Scouts)
  • Doing my best (Not just at Scouts)
  • Making the best use of my time.(Rather than being lazy)
  • Making things. (Arts and Crafts)
  • Teaching skills to others
  • Trying out new activities
  1. Find a clear space on the floor (or at a table) and order the cards as a list based on how good you are at each skill/quality from strongest to weakest. – Ask adults to help Scouts who may have difficulty reading/deciding.
  2. Complete page 1 of the ‘Personal Challenge’ Booklet – Write out name, top 3 and bottom 3 skills/qualities
  3. Hand cards back in to leaders
  4. Tell Scouts to Pair with a friend and find an empty place on the floor. Discuss answers from Activity 2 for 2 minutes with your friend. Do they agree with you?

Activity 2 (10 mins)

  1. Tell your Scouts that they are you going base their challenges around improving their 3 weakest skills? Talk to your friend. Do they have any ideas for your challenges?
  2. You can read through the example challenges from the ‘Example Challenges List’ to give ideas.
  3. On a scrap piece of paper ask scouts to write their names and give up to 3 challenges which they think would be good for them to do.
  4. Collect in paper and booklets.

Activity 3

  1. For the rest of the meeting do something totally different and more practical such as a game. During the game have a leader (or 2) call up scouts to discuss and set their final challenge(s). We did this sat at a desk with chairs.
  2. Write up agreed challenges for each scouts booklet together with a signed agreement between the scouts and leaders.
    Be sure to mention what they are going to do and how they are planning to achieve it with a target completion date.
  3. If a challenge can not be agreed. Communicate with parents to set a challenge.


Alternative ‘Personal Challenge Booklet’ from Mossy Resources.

Personal Challenge Ideas for Scouts

Our list of over 100 possible personal challenges for young people to complete. Please email us if you have any of your own to add to the list.

Download a printer-friendly version of this list

  • Organise a small fundraising event for the group or local charity.
  • Keep your bedroom tidy for a minimum of a month.
  • Be responsible for packing/unpacking equipment from the QM store for 3 camps.
  • Be responsible for recording the register at Scouts for a term.
  • Successfully grow a plant from seed
  • Take your dog for a walk every day for two weeks, even if it’s raining
  • Take home a stuffed toy and remember to bring it to scouts every week for a term
  • Learn and Recite the NATO phonetic alphabet.
  • Find out an interesting fact to tell the Scout troop every week for a term
  • Learn a topic and to tell a different scout every week what they have learnt and remembered about that chosen topic – (Submitted by 3rd Bristol)
  • Research about another scout troop near or far – Find out their history, what activities they enjoy and some similarities and differences.
  • Organise a 5-a-side football tournament.
  • Create a guide book of local attractions which could be given to visitors.
  • Organise and run a treasure hunt using codes as clues.
  • Organise cards for upcoming birthdays in the scout group. Then get everyone to sign the cards.
  • Make a commitment to improve something you already do such as playing a musical instrument.
  • Take part in a school performance – and invite the scouts!
  • Reach a target grade in a school subject you find hard.
  • Make a commitment to try a new activity and follow it up with a talk back to the troop
  • Overcome a fear of phobia
  • Earn a spot on a sports team for a term
  • Achieve 100% attendance at scouts or school for a whole term.
  • Complete a Responsible Pet Ownership Programme (Eg: Kennel Club, Blue Cross)
  • Complete the Rookie Lifeguard Programme
  • Create a project using the BBC microbit – Here’s an idea
  • Show perseverance by attending regular revision lessons for a subject you find hard at school.
  • Learn some basic phrases in a foreign language which is new to you. Follow up by teaching it back to the troop.
  • Set up a recycling program at the Scout HQ, home or school.
  • Sign up and take part in a half term sports tournament.
  • Attend rehearsals for a school play or something similar over at least a term
  • Enter the Sun Flower Challenge and record its growth.
  • Build and programme a DIY robot such as the M-Bot.
  • Achieve a beginner’s radio transmitting licence.
  • Organise and take part in a sponsored walk.
  • Complete a basic First Aid Course
  • Learn to Kayak and complete your Paddlesport Passport.
  • Undertake a successful grading exam in a martial art
  • Overcome handwriting difficulties.
  • Complete a continuous one hour run for charity.
  • Learn a new skill and demonstrate it to the troop
  • Make a commitment to volunteer for an event
  • Try something new that you have put off trying before
  • Take your dog for a walk every day for two weeks, even if it’s raining
  • Help clear up after a scout event
  • Create a memory game to help students remember key facts about a topic
  • Create a poster publicising the work of a chosen charity, or charitable initiative, such as Sport Relief
  • Create a recipe book with your peers to introduce people to healthy cooking
  • Create a resource for a sport, activity or game you do at Scouts, including the rules and scoring systems
  • Create a traditional meal from a country of your choice and share it with your peers to encourage them to learn more about the country
  • Create an anti-bullying campaign for your troop, including a video to be shown to others when they join.
  • Create and design a set of Christmas cards that can be sold at a Christmas fair with any profit being donated to charity.
  • Create and develop a personal fitness plan including top tips for leading a healthy lifestyle
  • Create and promote a road safety campaign in your Scout Group. Visit your Beaver and Cub sections to show them how to keep safe.
  • Sign up and take part in a Makaton Course to learn Sign Language
  • Participate in a gardening project to improve the grounds at your HQ
  • Set up a new business with only £30 and make a profit.
  • Visit a museum /art gallery with your family, and share your experiences with peers afterwards
  • Set up a new business with only £10 and make a profit (as part of the competition)
  • Volunteer to assist a younger sibling with a number of school projects over the course of a term, and present back to your class about what you learnt.
  • Volunteer to be involved in a community fair/carnival/celebration
  • Volunteer to come into scouts or your school early on a regular basis to help a teacher set up for the day
  • Volunteer to help Cubs when they visit on Induction Day
  • Volunteer to lead a food collection for charity
  • Volunteer with the elderly at a care home
  • Volunteer to do litter picking with a small group in the community
  • Volunteer to go shopping for a senior citizen in the community
  • Train your dog and then enter your dog in a local dog show
  • Volunteer to regularly mow the lawn of an elderly or disabled friend or relative
  • Take part in a local litterpick in your community.
  • Invite a friend from school to try Scouts.
  • Take a neighbours dog for a walk on a regular basis.
  • Help an elderly member of your family with their chores or shopping.
  • Put on a bake-sale to raise funds for the troop.
  • Run a stall at a school fayre.
  • Fundraise some money to pay for a camp. How about baking some cookies and selling them to your neighbours?
  • Take your dog for a walk every day for two weeks, even if it’s raining.
  • Take on extra chores at home and complete them every week for at least a month.
  • Contribute an article to the district website/newsletter
  • Perform in a scout or school production
  • Bring in 3 interesting objects from the forest and tell the troop about them.
  • Produce a short film outlining the importance of road safety (or other topic)
  • Design a guide to the library for new students
  • Design a new noticeboard for Advanced EAL pupils.
  • Design a healthy and varied menu for a family of four to a set budget
  • Design a case study of a local place of geographical interest
  • Design a poster in your taught language to advertise your current topic of study
  • Design a wall display using the photos taken from a school field trip
  • Assist in the organisation of a sports tournament, taking on a specific role
  • Organise a Clean for the Queen litter pick in your town or village
  • Organise a collection for charity in which donations are collected from members of the public then sent to the charity as part of a larger fundraising event
  • Organise a competition for your class to carry out
  • Organise a Shoe box appeal in your class/form
  • Organise for birthday bunting for every student’s birthday in your form, for a term
  • Organise and run a stall at a school summer/winter fair
  • Conduct a demonstration on how to use a piece of classroom equipment safely in a DT or Science lesson
  • Compile the register monitor rota
  • Compile a series of entries for the year group’s joke book
  • Organise the collection of data from the school’s weather station
  • Organise the care of a neighbour’s garden and dustbins while they are away
  • Organise the teams and order of play for an inter-house/nter-form sports competition/sports day
  • Create an online blog to showcase your work and the work of your peers in Art
  • Volunteer to help someone in your community with their garden or allotment
  • Cook a 3 course meal at home for your family.
  • Successfully lead a whole day of cooking on camp.
  • Cook a pudding at home to share with the whole troop.
  • Bake some cookies and sell them to your nrighbours to raise some money.
  • Coach our sports team at a district competition
  • Take part in your local ParkRun for a month (or other 5km run).
  • Join a School sports club.
  • Improve your swimming. Set a goal and beat it.
  • Create a model using a kit and show it to the group.
  • Paint a picture.
  • Write a song
  • Make a set of survival bracelets for your partol
  • Enter a national design or creative competition e.g National Geographic Design Competition
  • Help a new Scout complete their welcome pack
  • Talk about a topic you are interested in in front of the troop
  • Coach our sports team at a district competition
  • Lead a series of activities at Scout meeting or on a camp.
  • Conduct a survey about outdoor interests, analyse the results and present it back to your troop
  • Deliver a presentation at a Primary School about an area of interest
  • Be reading mentor for a younger sibling or student in school for at least a term
  • Lead a weekly News Quiz at flag break, for a term
  • Lead a group well-being session e.g. a yoga session
  • Take responsibility for refereeing a sports match
  • Make a commitment to improve your behaviour at School, Home and Scouts. After 1 month provide a written statement from a teacher, parent and leader
  • Learn how to tell the time using an analoge clock – So many kids don’t know this!
  • Learn to tie your shoelaces