SMILE Badges

The Squirrel SMILE Badge scheme was launched around Northern Ireland in November 2014 and January 2015. The badge scheme is based on the Aim of the NI Squirrel Association.  The badge booklet outlines the Squirrel SMILE Badge scheme and the criteria for each badge.  ‘give a smile get a smile’

The Northern Ireland Squirrel Association greatly appreciates the funding of this badge scheme by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.

SMILE booklet


A selection of bright new certificates to mark those important milestones in Squirrels – ‘Hello’ when a new Squirrel joins the Drey, making the Squirrel Promise and ‘Goodbye’ marking the move on to Beaver Scouts.  Select from A4 or A5 versions and either print in colour or black and white onto lightweight coloured card and add your own Squirrel names!!







RSPB Resources

The RSPB Northern Ireland (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) is passionate about getting children closer to nature.  The NI Squirrel Association is delighted that the RSPB has created an exciting range of fun, educational activities to support our SMILE badges and encourage Squirrels to be outdoors discovering how to help nature!

Karen Sheil, RSPB Educational Development Officer has developed these resources and tailored seasonal activities to fit the 4 SMILE badges – I’m active, I’m learning, I’m friendly and I’m caring!  If you would like further advice contact Karen on 02890491547 or  Please let Karen know how many SMILE badges you have awarded through using the RSPB resources and the number of children/adults who have been involved in the various RSPB activities!

Click below for RSPB resources – Help Red Squirrel’s Friends – SMILE badge support resource pack








We are delighted to continue our partnership with the RSPB by getting involved in their new Wild Challenge.  This initiative replaces the Wildlife Action Award – many Dreys took part in this and were awarded their Bronze certificates.  The new Challenge can be found on the RSPB Wild Challenge website. All you have to do is register your Drey, take part in your chosen activities and don’t forget to record your actions online.  There is a vast array of support material to help you on the RSPB website.  Don’t forget to let us know how many Squirrels, adults and family members took part in the activities – the RSPB is committed to getting kids up close to nature and their partnership with the Squirrel Association is a great way for them to reach lots of children!!

Fun things to do

A treasure trove of pirate activities to celebrate our 25th anniversary – Ahoy_there_pirate_themed_programme_ideas_one

Ideas from Squirrel leaders around Northern Ireland – 2017_Some_fun_craft_ideas

Ideas from Squirrel leaders around Northern Ireland – 2017_Some_fun_games_and_activities

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls