For requests for me to make badges see Badge Suggestion PostHow do I set up a merit badge?
Any pup who fits in the 'Joining in'
criteria can set a badge as follows:
1. Decide what the badge is for:
- Badges must comply with the rules of the bar, the rules of the Scouts (have fun, don't get hurt, don't be an asshole), and be something the badge setter is capable of doing themselves.
- They absolutely can be a pisstake/taken advantage of within the above guidelines but should not target a specific individual. For example the 'Making Autor Blush' badge was suggested in chat, but for the sake of Autor's sanity, a 'Making People Blush' badge might be more fair!
- Badges should be able to be completed without being put in physical danger (e.g. the Saving Christmas Badge can also be awarded for healers, investigators, etc). Scouts are expected to risk assess all activities (see below).
2. Check in this post if it's been done (similar is fine, just name it differently)
3. Each badge must have at least one clause/task to complete. You can make multiple levels of the badge if you desire. (e.g. Saving Christmas once, Saving Christmas twice).
4. Make a picture of your badge. IC the badges are fabric (sew-on patches) about an inch wide and are a coloured circle with a small picture inside.
I've done mine with a blue circle on the outside, using powerpoint circles (denim texture outside, canvas inside) but do them different/more technical/less technical if you like. If you want to do levels (usually done in roman numerals), or other text, I've used Berlin Sans FB as the font if you want to match. Try and make them icon size if possible.
5. Put your badge and instructions in this post.
6. To complete a badge IC you must present what you did to a leader. You can then collect your badge from Bar. You can not cheat IC, unless you are working for the Badge Forgery Badge. If you are not able to find one of us to present to IC, let one of us know and we can handwave.
IC you sew your badges on the arm/front of your hoodie. Side note 1:
Leaders will not police the content of badges unless there is a good reason e.g. someone is getting harassed/hurt/being a pain in the arse.Side note 2:
Pups under the age of 11 are expected to be supervised for an adult. Particularly Harmless Badges = should be suitable for supervised under 11 year olds. Tiny Person Badges = aimed at kids too young to do the regular badges.Side note 3:
Setting a badge does not obligate you to teach it.Side note 4:
Ideally badges should not be awarded retrospectively unless there is a good reason (e.g. an event only happens yearly or the task involved is huge). If you want your badge to be awardable for retrospective activities please state how far back.