Leslie's historic UK Guide Badge Syllabuses


1995 Brownie Badge Book - Cyclist Badge Stage 1

1) Own or part-own a bicycle of the right size.
2) Keep your bicycle clean and know how to check it is in safe working order (if necessary, with adult help).
3) Know how to find out about lighting-up time.  Know why lights and bright clothing are necessary when you are cycling.
4) Go with the tester for a ride showing that you can ride your bike safely (off-road), that you use the brakes correctly and that you understand:
a) the rules of the road for cyclists
b) the signals that cyclists give and observe
c) the correct way to turn right into a side road.
1995 Brownie Badge Book - Cyclist Badge Stage 2

1) a) Either:
Attend a training course and pass the National Cycling Proficiency Test or equivalent test run by your local authorit.
Ride your bicycle on a short route (on quiet roads) planned by the tester.  Show that you can control your machine safely and confidently and be in the correct position on the highway.  You must show you can start and stop safely.  You will be asked to carry out left and right turns and an emergency stop.  You should also know how cyclists use traffic lights, pedestrian crossings of all types, roundabouts and signed cycle routes in towns.  Know how to park your bicycle safely.
b) Demonstrate cycle control in a safe area (such as a playground) by riding in and out of a line of blocks or, preferable, cones.
2) a) Demonstrate how to check your bicycle is safe to use on the road (especially brakes, tyres and chain).  Know how to maintain your bicycle in good working order.
b) Know how to adjust the saddle and handlebars to a height correct for your use.
3) Have a practical knowledge of the Highway code as it relates to you as a cyclist and tell the tester about the dangers of dark or loose clothing, personal stereos, badly arranged loads, carrying passengers and inadequate lighting when cycling at night or in poor visibility.
4) Bring to the test records of at least three cycle rides to places of interest, one of which will have been of at least 10km (6 miles).  If the routes include sections 'off-road', know the Off-road Cycling Code.
5) Make up a small first aid kit suitable for carrying on a cycle trip.  Collect items for a simple tool and puncture repair kit.  Bring both to the test, and show a knowledge of their use.
1995 Brownie Badge Book - Cyclist Badge Stage 3

1) Clauses 1, 2 and 5 of Stage 2 must be passed.
2) Be able to read an Ordnance Survey map of suitable scale for cycling.  At the test, plan a route between places suggested by the tester, taking into account traffic, terrain, etc.  This can include 'off-road' sections if appropriate.
3) Keep a record of three rides to places of interest, one to be of at least 24km (15 miles).  The record should include details of prior planning, route taken and equipment carried.  If routes are off-road, the Off-road Cycling Code must be observed.
4) Demonstrate at the test that you have a knowledge of suitable clothing for a cycle trip, taking into account your visibility to other road users, your personal safety and the weather conditions which may be encountered.
1995 Brownie Badge Book - Cyclist Badge Stage 4

1) Pass Clause 1 of Stage 3.
2) Plan and lead two cycling tours of at least 48km (30 miles) for three or four cyclists, on- or off-road.  Keep a logbook of the tours.
3) Discuss your plans with the tester beforehand.  The tester will wish to be satisfied that your map-reading, first aid and safety knowledge are adequate.  (The permission of your parents or guardians must be obtained.)
4) Know the Off-road Cycling Code.