Developing a skill helps you get better at something you are really interested in and gives you the confidence and ability to use this skill both now and later in life.
How long should I do activities for the Skills section?
Level Minimum time:
3 to 6 months
You need to do one of your Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections for 6 months, the others for 3.
3 to 12 months
You need to do either the Physical or Skills section for 6 months, the other for 3. If you haven’t achieved Bronze you must extend your Volunteering or the longer of your Physical or Skills sections to 12 months.
6 to 18 months
You need to do either the Physical or Skills section for 12 months, the other for 6. If you haven’t achieved Silver you must extend your Volunteering or the longer of your Physical or Skills sections to 18 months.
Conjuring & magic
Speech & drama
Care of animals
Agriculture (keeping livestock)
Caring for reptiles
Dog training & handling
Horse/donkey/llama/alpaca handling & care
Keeping of pets
Looking after birds (i.e. budgies & canaries)
Pigeon breeding & racing
Media & communication
Communicating with people who are visually impaired
Communicating with people who have a hearing impediment
Film & video making
Newsletter & magazine production
Church bell ringing
Evaluating music & musical performances
Listening to, analysing & describing music
Playing a musical instrument
Playing in a band
Reading & notating music
Understanding music in relation to history & culture