Replaced by Cub Navigator Staged Activity Badge

Stage  1 to 3 covers the old Cub Map Reader Badge


Navigator – stage 1

How to earn your badge

  1. Locate yourself on a simple map. You could use a map of a local park, 
    nature reserve, zoo, or even a theme park.
  2. Identify a number of features or locations on that map. You could pinpoint locations like the toilets, car park, bird hide or picnic area.
  3. Learn the four cardinal points of a compass.
  4. Draw a simple map of where you live, your meeting place or another area local to you.
  5. Use a map during an outdoor activity.
  6. Show you understand how to dress appropriately and what equipment you and the adults will need on the activity.


Navigator – stage 2

How to earn your badge

  1. Learn how to read a four-figure grid reference.
  2. Understand how to use the key of a map.
  3. Use a map during an outdoor activity.
  4. Draw a simple map to direct someone from your meeting place to a local point of interest.
  5. With other Scouts, go for a walk with a leader around the local area. Take it in turns to use one of these methods of navigation:
    • written instructions
    • recorded instructions
    • road signs
    • tracking signs
    • maps.
  6. Learn the eight points of a compass and use them in an activity.
  7. Show you know how to dress appropriately for the activities involved in this badge and what equipment you and the adults need on the activities.

Navigator – stage 3

How to earn your badge

  1. Learn how to read a six figure grid reference.
  2. Understand contour lines on an Ordnance Survey map.
  3. Using 1:50000 and 1:25000 scale Ordnance Survey maps show that you understand the meaning of scale, can set the map to north and can recognise conventional map symbols.
  4. Follow and walk a route of at least 5km, using a map to navigate for at least part of the journey. Your Leader can plan the route but you’ll work with your team, or take turns,to navigate.
  5. Show you know how to dress appropriately and what kit you and your group will need.

 4-figure map references

When giving a 4-figure map reference you should

always give the eastings number first and the northings

number second, very much like when giving the reading

of a graph in school – you must go along the corridor/

hallway (horizontal) and then up the stairs (vertical).

For example, the number 2 in the example below is

19 across and 45 up and therefore the 4-figure grid

reference is 1945.

The numbers on the map below would have the

following 4-figure grid references:

1 = 18 45 2 = 19 45

3 = 18 44 4 = 19 44



Showing 4 Figure Map References  

Navigate using street map



Understanding contour lines

6-figure map references

Start by working out the basic 4-figure map reference.

Then imagine the square is divided up into tenths. Using

the example below, the grey box is in the square 1844,

although more accurately it is 7 tenths across and 8

tenths up within the grid square 1844 and therefore

has the 6-figure map reference 187448.

The shapes on the map below would have the following

6-figure grid references:

= 187448 = 185443 

Symbols used on maps and many more 


How to use a compass


Taking a compass bearing

Understanding magnetic north




Taking a 4-figure grid reference


Taking a 6-figure grid reference

 Contour Lines

Click on photo to enlarge  2013    21st Romford learning Compass and 4 / 6 Figure Map References

Draw a simple local map showing doctor etc directing someone 

Cubs Starting Compass Course at Thriftwood