Challenge Award: Cord or Thong

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One of the highest achievable challenge awards for scouts is that of the cord or thong. There are 3 tyoes namely; The Airman’s Cord, The Bosun’s cord and The Bushman’s Thong. The achievement of any one of these indicates a well roundedness of scouting skills and interests. Below are the requirments for each. Please note though all 3 may be awarded to one scout, only one cord at a time may be worn with full founders uniform.

 

BUSHMAN’S THONG. 

To qualify for this award, the Scout must: 

1. Hold the Explorer Badge; 

2. Hold fifteen Interest Badges, of which three must be selected from, Hike Leader, Pioneer, Cook, Patrol Leadership, World Conservation and Veldcraft. 

The fifteen may include the six, which are required for the Explorer/Sea Explorer/Air 

Explorer Badge – in other words, nine Interest Badges are required in addition to the 6 

required for the Explorer level. 

The Bushman’s Thong is worn around the right shoulder under the shoulder strap. The free end is carried from the front of the armpit in a loose loop to the button of the right-hand breast pocket, to which it is fastened. 

The Bushman’s Thong is made of leather and brown in colour  

 

BOSUN’S CORD 

To qualify for this award, the Scout must: 

1. Hold the Sea Explorer Badge; 

2. Hold fifteen Interest Badges, of which three must be selected from Lifesaver, Boardsailing, Boatswain, Motorboatsman, Canoeist, Ships Quartermaster. 

The fifteen may include the six, which are required for the Explorer/Sea Explorer/Air Explorer Badge – in other words, nine Interest Badges are required in addition to the 6 required for the Explorer level.  

The plaited Bosun’s Cord is worn around the right shoulder under the shoulder strap and the tasselled end is carried from the front of the armpit in a loose loop and fastened to the shirt at the left-hand top edge of the right-hand breast pocket. 

The Bosun’s Cord is dark-blue and white in colour. 

 

AIRMAN’S CORD 

To qualify for this award, the Scout must: 

1. Hold the Explorer Badge; 

2. Hold fifteen Interest Badges, of which three must be selected from Air Glider, Air Mechanic, Air Meteorologist, Air Planner, Air Spotter and Model Aero Engineer. 

The fifteen may include the six, which are required for the Explorer/Sea Explorer/Air Explorer Badge – in other words, nine Interest Badges are required in addition to the 6 required for the Explorer level. 

The plaited Airman’s Cord is worn around the right shoulder under the shoulder strap and the tasselled end is carried from the front of the armpit in a loose loop and fastened to the shirt at the left-hand top edge of the right-hand breast pocket. 

The Airman’s Cord is light blue in colour.

 

After the completion of the requirements for a cord or thong an application form for the award must be signed and sent to SAHQ for approval.

 

Application form: Application-For-Cord-Or-Thong