Navigator Staged Activity Badge

The Navigator Staged Activity Badge can be achieved from Stage One through to Stage Four.

To earn the badge, you must complete all the tasks and requirements within a stage and the previous stages. For example, to earn Stage Two, you must complete all elements of both Stage One and Stage Two.

Navigator Stage One

  1. Locate yourself on a simple map such as a map of a park or shopping centre
  2. Identity feature or locations on the map such as the location of toilets, car park and more
  3. Learn the four cardinal points of a compass
  4. Draw a simple map of where you live, your meeting place, or another local area
  5. Use a map during an outdoor activity
  6. Show that you understand how to dress appropriately and what equipment you need for an outdoor activity

Navigator Stage Two

  1. Learn to read a four-figure grid reference
  2. Learn how to use the key or legend of a map
  3. Use a map during an outdoor activity
  4. Draw a simple map to direct somebody from your meeting place to a local point of interest
  5. With other Explorer Scouts, go for a walk with a leader around the local area taking it in turns to use methods of navigation such as written instructions, recorded instructions, road signs, tracking signs or maps
  6. Learn the eight points of a compass and use them in an activity
  7. Show that you understand how to dress appropriately and what equipment you need for an outdoor activity

Navigator Stage Three

  1. Learn to read a six-figure grid reference
  2. Understand what contour lines on an Ordnance Survey (OS) map are and what they mean
  3. Using a 1:25,000 or 1:50:000 OS map and show you understand the meaning of scale and can orient the map to north and use conventional map symbols
  4. Show that you understand how to dress appropriately and what equipment you need for an outdoor activity

Navigator Stage Four

  1. Walk two compass routes of at least 5km that are defined on a map such as a byway or bridleway where one route is determined by you and the other by an Explorer Scout Leader
  2. Show that you understand how to dress appropriately and what equipment you need for an outdoor activity
  3. Learn to select the most appropriate map type for the journey or route that you are taking

In addition to the above, you should be able to show that you can do the following:

  • Convert a grid bearing to a magnetic bearing and vice-versa
  • Use back bearings to check a route
  • Estimate your current position using a compass
  • Walk on a bearing including a deviation from a course (using the four right-angles technique)
  • Read a six-figure grid reference

You should also be able to use a 1:25,000 and a 1:50,000 OS map to interpret contour lines to determine the shape and steepness of the terrain and learn what topographical features such as valleys, cols, ridges, and spurs are. You should be able to find north without the aid of a compass by day and by night and how to set a map without a compass.

Navigator Stage Five

  1. Using a 1:25,000 OS map and compass, navigate a course of at least six legs to the standard of Hill and Moorland Leader award
  2. Using only a compass and pacing, navigate a course of at least four legs
  3. Using only a map, successfully navigate a couple of at least four legs
  4. Make two sketch maps, one of an urban, and one of a rural setting, that would enable a stranger to travel between two points
  5. Complete at least three different orienteering courses
  6. Complete a comprehensive route plan for a 20km hill walking route set by an appropriate adult taking place in terrain one or two
  7. Show that you understand how to dress appropriately and what equipment you need for an outdoor activity