The Thistle Awards provide a focus on Scotland, it’s people, and culture, whilst being fun and challenging for young people. From visiting local landmarks and learning a phrase in Gaelic, to designing tartan and hosting a Scottish event such as a Burns Supper, these awards offer a uniquely Scottish experience.

The Awards are progressive through the sections and available for Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts. The award can be run alongside challenge and activity badges.

We've updated the awards in early 2023. Don't worry if you're midway through the previous version, you can complete it up to end 2023.  Would you like to see a Thistle Award for Squirrels?  Contact us at

I really enjoyed doing the traditional Scottish games. I think the horseshoe toss was my favourite as I won that in my group.

Scarlet, Cub, 10 years old

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