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Gaining the WW1 badge
7th April 2014, 4:50pm

The aim of the WW1 badge is to mark the Centenary of the start of WW1 and to encourage Hampshire Scouts to find out more about WW1 at their local level, particularly with respect to the service which Scouts undertook to contribute to the war effort on the home front.

This article gives more details of how the badge can be earned and how to apply for the badge.

The badge can be earned by individuals, sections or groups by finding out something about WW1 at their local level and then producing evidence of what they have learnt to inform other Scouts throughout the County. What they have learnt and produced may be retained by the County Archivist as part of the story of Hampshire Scouting.

What particular aspect is researched is up to each individual, section or group. It could relate to a Scout who joined up and fought in the war, what their group did to support the war locally, how their group continued when the leaders went off to war, what was their programme during the war, how were children affected by the war and many others.

It is known that Scouts helped in many ways such as acting as messengers, Coastwatching, helping at local hospitals and with the Police and local authorities, helping with the harvest, collecting items to raise funds for ambulances and the Scout Recreation huts for soldiers in Belgium and France. We already know that Scouts from Southampton were employed as signallers on Merchant Ships and this is being researched further. Did any of your Groups become involved in similar work? For example were any of the Groups in Southampton involved with supporting the military hospital at Netley?, did any of the New Forest Groups become involved in collecting acorns for use in the munitions factories as recently reported on BBC South Today, what support did Sea Scouts in Portsmouth give to the Royal Navy, did Scouts from Winchester support the military camps established around the city?

Resources for you to use are many and varied. Local newspaper articles, your local war memorial for names, your local history society, Group, District and County archives, Regimental museums, Scout Association archives, your local library and many others. The internet has many resources on WW1. Useful starting points are www.bbc.co.uk/history (the resources for schools is a good section), www.1914.org (the official website for the Centenary celebrations) and www.iwm.org.uk/centenary (good general information plus many useful links to other sites) as well as the scout archives site, www.scoutrecords.org , which has useful advice and guidance as well as information on Scouting in WW1.

To qualify for the complementary issue of the badge you need to complete a suitable project and submit details of the project plus evidence of what you and your young people have discovered using the application form on the Hampshire Scouts website. This will be evaluated by the ACC for your Section and badges will be sent to you. Applications for the badge can be made at any time throughout 2014.

For more information download Instructions for gaining the WW1 badge and Application form for Hampshire Scouts World War One Badge.

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