1921 POR - Local Knowledge Badge
This is a Company or Patrol badge, and may be sewn on the Company or Patrol flag of any Company or Patrol where six Guides pass in the "History" and "Natural History" sections, and one Guide in each of the other Sections. The badge must be given up if one of these Guides leaves the Company or Patrol without another passing in the same Section. Individual Guides who have passed in at least two Sections may wear the badge.
Guides must know:
The origin of eight local place-names.
A story, legend, folk song or dance of the vicinity.
The lives of at least three "local worthies" who may be saints, heroes or heroines, philanthropists, statesmen, authors, artists, scientists or any persons of historical or artistic importance who have spent part of their lives in the neighbourhood.
Must draw a sketch map of the neighbourhood, showing the situation of the principal buildings, churches, public offices, schools, institutions, factories, quaries, pits, mountains, rivers, lakes, etc.
Must have visited sic historical buildings of the vicinity, and be able to answer questions about them; or
Give a short account of six important events that have taken place in the district.
Must be able to give a description of the district at two different periods in the past, e.g. Early British, Norman, etc, ; or
If any excavations have been made in the neighbourhood, know and describe the implements, pottery, ornaments, inscriptions, etc., that have been found.
Must act at least one scene from history of neighbourhood.
2) Natural History
Country Guides must know the haunts of TEN wild birds or animals, and 20 plants in the neighbourhood.
Must describe the succession of flora on a certain bank or wood or elsewhere, throughout the year.
Must know the best places for camps, picnics, etc.
If there is any specially rare local plant or bird, Guides must make it the subject of special study, and make every effort to preserve it.
Town Guides must know what trees and birds are to be found in the parks, public gardens, etc.
Must have paid at least three visits to the local Natural History Museum, and describe fully TEN birds or animals found there.
Must know where the sun rises and sets at midwinter and midsummer, with regard to local landmarks.
Know six constellations and their positions in the sky on (or about) 1st February, 1st May, 1st August and 1st November, at 10 p.m.
Must hold Pathfinder badge.
Must know the general lie of the land, the heights of mountains, the course of rivers, and other natural features.
Describe soils, climactic conditions, and how they affect local life.
Must hold Geologist badge and know the local formation.
Describe three different places in the neighbourhood from the geological point of view.
Describe relation of the formation to local water supply.
Describe local mines and quarries, if any.
Describe the history, process and development of at least two local industries - agricultural, industrial or artistic.
Describe what local facilities have determined the fixing of each craft in the neighbourhood.
6) Social Knowledge
Must have performed acts of civic helpfulness in the town or village at the request of some competent authority.
Must know and be able to describe with fair accuracy, as to position and area, all the public open spaces, commons, parks, gardens, recreation fields in the neighbourhood; also the public swimming baths and play-centres.
Be able to guide a stranger to the Town Hall, Guildhall, village halls, and other centres of municipal government in the neighbourhood. Know broadly the funtions of the Borough Council (or County council), district or Parish Council, according to locality. Give the name of the Mayor or Chairman of Council.
Know the police stations, fire stations, fire alarms and means of dealing with fire in the neighbourhood.
Know the position of the main public buildings and institutions in the neighbourhood, the date when founded, the use to which put, the way in which organized, and something of their relation to the larger social systems, national or provincial, of which they may form a part.
Know the names of the main roads and railways passing through the district, whence and whither they lead; or describe the means of communication, transit, lighting and water and power supply of the town.