The Squirrel Badge Award is the recognised insignia awarded to adults by The Northern Ireland Squirrel Association on completion of training required for the role of Squirrel Leader or Assistant Squirrel Leader working with 4 and 5 year olds.  The Squirrel Badge is a pewter squirrel threaded onto a black leather thong which is worn around the neck with the adult Squirrel uniform.

Over recent months a new one-day Squirrel specific training course has been held at the NI Scout Centre Crawfordsburn and at venues around the Province.  This new training format covers:

Module 5                     Fundamentals of Squirrels

Module 11                   Administration

Module 12                   Programme Planning

Module 14                   Supporting Young People

Module 15                   Promoting Positive Behaviour

Module 17                   Running Safe Activities Outdoors

Module 18                   Practical Skills

Module 19                   International

This course includes Safeguarding, GDPR & Additional Needs (Module 36).  It also includes modules from the ‘Getting Started’ course which means that if Squirrel Leaders attend this one-day course they no longer need to attend ‘Getting Started’ at local Scout District/County level.

The remaining modules are intersectional modules with Beaver, Cub, Scout and Explorer Scout Leaders – Module 7 Scouting for All (which covers diversity and inclusivity), Module 8 Skills of Leadership, Module 9 Working with Adults and Module 13 Growing the Section.  These continue to be held at the NI Scout Centre Crawfordsburn on two separate days (Day 4 – Modules 8 & 9, NB – NOT 11 Administration and Day 5 – Modules 13 & 7) – support information, details and dates of these modules can be found on the ScoutsNI booking form available in the Adult Support section on Module 10 – First Aid, is also run on an intersectional basis at NI Scout Centre Crawfordsburn or at local level around the Province, please speak to your Group Scout Leader for further information.  If you hold a First Aid qualification with an outside agency through work or other voluntary body, please forward a copy of your certificate to the Scout Office to ensure that this is acceptable as an alternative to The Scouts First Response qualification.

All modules must be validated – there is a set of Validation criteria for 2019 Squirrel specific modules and a set of Validation criteria for Intersectional modules.  Evidence to support the Validation criteria could be copies of programmes; administration records; resource material; photographs or witness statements perhaps from your SQL or GSL.  Validation can sometimes be carried out at local level or at NI Squirrel Association Validation nights.  Information about these Validation nights will be emailed out directly to Leaders.

If anyone needs further information about training, please email

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