YorNight is a fantastic opportunity for all levels of Scouting and Girlguiding to try out something new and to work towards badges and awards. Here are just a few suggestions of things you might like to do.

Rainbows

Recycling Badge: Be a recycling superhero. Can you find out how you can help renewable energy?

Drawing Badge: Find our exhibits about ancient art. Make your own art, using theirs as inspiration.

Recycling: How can you save the Earth? Follow our researchers' advice on how to reduce waste and live green.

First Aid Badge: Discover what is inside your body and how it works.

Innovate Skill: Experiment and test your inventions:

  • Have a go at controlling a robot. Make it race across the floor!
  • Science is everywhere - what's the science behind your favourite food?

Network Skill: Fancy building a robot? Now's your chance to find out how. Practise by experimenting with magnets.

Reflect Skill: Ask some 'why' questions and see where this one word can take you. Ask our researchers about their science!

Lead Skills: Lead your team to victory in our interactive activities.

Sensory Safari Activity: Enter virtual reality and see how different it is from real life.

Beavers

My Skills Challenge Award: Go somewhere new. Then find out five facts about something new.

My World Challenge Award: Do at least one activity to help you learn about the natural world around you.

Air Activities – Stage 1: Find out about one kind of aircraft and tell others in your section about it.  Talk to somebody who has flown in an aircraft, helicopter or hot air balloon. What was it like?

Experiment Activity Badge: Try out one or more experiments.

Explore Activity Badge: Explore the YorNight exhibits and activities.

Global Issues Activity Badge: Learn how to save energy or recycle.

Photographer Activity Badge: Consider using YorNight as the theme for your photographs. (You need 10 pictures for the badge.)

Space Activity Badge: Look out for activities which will help you cover elements of the badge, including:

  • Point out some of the things you can see in the night sky. It could be stars, the moon or planets.
  • Point out and name at least one constellation you can see.
  • Name the eight planets in our solar system and draw or make a model of one of the planets. You could use papier-mâché to make your model.
  • Find out about a space mission, an astronaut or a planet in our solar system.
Brownies

Local History Badge: King's Manor was built in the 15th Century. Explore YorNight and follow in the footsteps of kings! 

Collecting Badge: Start a collection from the interactive exhibits that you can show off.

Reflecting Skill: DNA-mazing! Dive into the fascinating world of genetics - now in VR.

Baking Badge: Follow new recipes of food science with jelly. If you're still hungry, try some bugs!

Painting Badge: Discover art that is millions of years old. View the photographs of ancient Ice Age art and make your own artwork.

Mindfulness Badge: How can you keep your mind healthy? Learn the importance of talking.

Archaeology Badge: Throw yourself into history. Help our scientists and get hands-on with scientific equipment. 

Space Badge: Wander the universe with our scientists. Enter our inflatable planetarium. Can you identify the constellations?

Zero Waste Badge: What can you do to help the environment? Learn about air pollution and tell their scientists where to go next.

Jobs Badge: Visit the 'Ask a scientist' stand and find your dream job. Girls can do anything!

Cubs

Our World Challenge Award: Take part in an activity about the environment.

Air Activities – Stage 1: Find out about one kind of aircraft and tell others in your section about it.  Talk to somebody who has flown in an aircraft, helicopter or hot air balloon. What was it like?

Astronomer Activity Badge: Look out for activities which will help you cover elements of the badge, including:

  • Explain the difference between a planet and a star.
  • Learn how to observe the sun safely. Find out and explain how the earth moves around the sun.
  • Observe the moon, using binoculars or a telescope if you can. Describe some of its features.
  • Identify three constellations.
  • Find out about two space-related subjects and present some information about them. You could find out about planets, the history of space exploration or space technology.

Environmental Conservation Activity Badge: Look out for an opportunity to:

  • Find out how to reduce the energy and water you use in your home.
  • Find out about one type of renewable energy.

Photographer Activity Badge: Take photos while you’re at YorNight.

Scientist Activity Badge: Have a go at one or more of the six science activities required for this badge.

Guides

Photography Badge: Visit a photographic exhibition of Ice Age art and take your own pictures of the exhibition.

Investigating Badge: Be a scientist - experiment and test hypotheses! Test your memory with York Memory Games.

Fitness Badge: Want to learn the secrets of football? Then join our team.

Conscious Consumer Badge: Help the planet. Find out how you can help produce green renewable energy.

Innovate Skill: Turn the ordinary into the extraordinary! Invent a new use for magnets.

Explore Skill: Put on a pair of 3D glasses and explore your microscopic cells.

Reflect Skill: DNA-mazing! Become superheroes by saving our heroes using biology.

Written in the stars Skill: Find out how we use stars in everyday life.

Live Smart Skill: Guess who? Discover the life of a scientist at the 'Ask a scientist' stand.

Scouts

World Challenge Award: Take part in an activity that explores an international issue.

Air Activities – Stage 1: Find out about one kind of aircraft and tell others in your section about it.  Talk to somebody who has flown in an aircraft, helicopter or hot air balloon. What was it like?

Astronautics Activity and Astronomer Activity Badges: Look out for activities which will help you cover elements of these badges.

Electronics Activity Badge: Go to a YorNight Electronics talk and learn about the uses and benefits of electronics in everyday life. Find out how electronics can improve our lives.

Environmental Conservation Activity Badge: Find out about an environmental issue that is important to your local community.

Global Issues Activity Badge: Learn about an international health issue.

Photographer Activity Badge: You could use YorNight as an opportunity to take some of your photographs.

Writer Activity Badge: Why not use YorNight as inspiration to write one of the four pieces required?

Rangers/The Senior Section

Genealogy Badge: Dive into DNA. Your genetics are unique - find out how they work!

Sports Badge: Learn the secrets of football with our team.

Self-Care Badge: It's important to look after yourself. Discover the importance of talking.

Travel Badge: Explore space travel. Is this the future?

Volunteering Badge: Do your bit for the environment. Follow our researchers' advice on how to reduce waste and live green.

Digital Design Badge: Test out our York Memory Games app.

Blogging Badge: Blog about your experience at YorNight - what was your favourite activity?

Explorers

Air Activities – Stage 1: Find out about one kind of aircraft and tell others in your section about it.  Talk to somebody who has flown in an aircraft, helicopter or hot air balloon. What was it like?

Media Relations and Marketing Activity Badge: Create some media content for the Group, District or County newsletter, Scouting Magazine or online.

Science and Technology Activity Badge: Look out for information to help with aspects of this badge.

Explorer Scout Challenge Areas: Take advantage of opportunities to develop these areas:

  • Skills: Communication
  • World: Environment
  • World: Visits
  • World: Citizenship