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These badge requirements were updated on 26 January 2018. The previous badge requirements can still be used until 31 January 2019, to allow for transition where necessary.

  1. Show what you know about the night sky and why the pattern of stars changes, night by night, throughout the year.
  2. Learn the meaning of the terms celestial, equator, poles, circumpolar and zodiac.
  3. Build a model of the solar system using everyday materials found in the home, such as different size fruit or sports balls. Use an outside area to scale the solar system.
  4. Explain how the Moon affects the tides.
  5. Build a telescope from two cardboard tubes or two A4 pieces of black card, and lenses. Compare what you can see through a telescope and what you can see with the naked eye.
  6. Observe three constellations on a clear night and record what you saw.
  7. Read a star map using a compass and red light. Compare the differences between using a star map and a normal map.
  8. Learn how to identify a satellite. How do you tell it apart from an aeroplane, star, planet or a meteor? Then complete these activities: a) identify a satellite to observe b) choose a clear night and use a clock and a compass to help you observe the satellite c) plan an evening with your Scout Group and teach others how to observe the satellite

Guidance for leaders

This badge can contribute towards a CREST Award.