Beavers, Cubs and Scouts

Beavers, Cubs and Scouts


Cycling courses for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts are designed to help them achieve the Cyclist Badge!

We will cover bike safety, equipment, safe cycling and route planning. Theory can be done in the Hut if weather is bad! The aim is to allow them to develop skills in order to plan and complete a journey by bike safely. This depends on the type of group.

This course meets the requirements of the badge as listed below. We can arrange for bike hire for those who need bikes!

Please get in touch to discuss availability and prices.


Cyclist Activity Badge

How to earn your badge

There are two parts to achieving this badge. Complete all tasks for part one.

  1. Use a bicycle that is properly equipped. Keep it in good working order
    for at least six months.
  2. Show that you can carry out essential maintenance and repairs, including:
    • checking and adjusting the brakes
    • checking and adjusting the gear change
    • adjusting the seat and handlebars to a correct height
    • removing a wheel and locating and repairing at puncture
    • checking and adjusting your cycle helmet
    • maintaining a set of lights.

For part two of this activity badge, choose one of these options then complete all the tasks for that option.

Option 1: road cycling
You can automatically complete option 1 if you gain Bikeability Level 2 or 3. Otherwise, here’s what you need to do for this option.

  1. Explain what extra precautions you should take when cycling in the
    dark or in wet weather. Show you understand why motor vehicles take longer to stop in the wet.
  2. Learn the basics of first aid and what to do if an accident happens.
  3. Develop a working knowledge of map reading. Orientate a map using a compass or conspicuous features. Estimate distances and times taken to travel.
  4. Plan and carry out an all-day cycle ride of at least 40 kilometres (25 miles).
  5. Complete one of these:
    • Show you can control a cycle along a slalom course.
    • Show you understand the Highway Code, including road signs and helmet use.

Option 2: off-road cycling

  1. Show you understand the Mountain Bike Code of Conduct.
  2. Show you can control your cycle over different types of terrain.
  3. Show you’re aware of the damage that may be caused to the environment through careless cycling across the countryside.
  4. Learn the basics of first aid, including the treatment of hypothermia and find out what to do in the case of an accident.
  5. Gain a working knowledge of map reading. Orientate a map using a compass or conspicuous features. Estimate distances and times taken to travel.
  6. Plan and carry out an all-day ride of at least 30 kilometres (20 miles).

Option 3: external qualifications
You can complete option 3 if you reach one of these standards:

  • The Gold Trix Award of the British Schools Cycling Association
  • Level 3 Go-MTB Award from Cycling Scotland, Sustrans, CTC or Scottish Cycling MBLA.


How to earn your badge:

  1. Regularly use a bicycle, which is the right size for you, with a cycle helmet.
  2. Show you can clean and oil a bicycle. Show how to pump up the tyres and mend a puncture.
  3. Explain why you must lock up a bicycle when you leave it unattended.
  4. Make a poster to promote road safety to pedestrians or cyclists.
  5. Talk to your leader or other Cubs about the safety measures you need to take when you cycle in bad weather.
  6. Choose one of these two options:

    Finish all the tasks for the option you choose.

    1. Road safety
      • Show that you can mount and dismount your bike properly.
      • Show how to keep your bicycle in a roadworthy condition. Why is it important?
      • Explain why it’s important to use lights and reflective clothing.
      • Go for a short ride in a safe place to show an adult that you can ride safely and confidently.
    2. Off-road safety
      • Find out about the safety equipment you need for cycling off-road.
      • Show that you’re able to control your bike over different types of terrain.
      • Find out where, in your local area, is safe to cycle off-road.
      • Plan and carry out a five-mile cycle ride off-road.