Space to Dream for Scouts SA

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Complete the Challenge – earn your badge!

If you complete the Space to Dream Challenge outside of school, and are a Scout in South Australia, you will automatically earn the limited edition ‘Space to Dream’ fabric badge.


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Each Scout completing the Challenge is entitled to a maximum of one Space to Dream badge.

If you are already completing the Challenge at school, you can do it again outside of school as many times as you like.


Think about how the Space to Dream’ badge could be used towards the following badges:

Cub Scouts

  • Boomerang
  • Achievement badges
  • Information Technology
    level 1 & 2


  • Proficiency badges
  • Technology
  • Information Technology

Venturer Scouts

  • Pursuits Tape

Pioneer Scouts

  • Special Interest Area
  • STEM


If you complete this challenge as part of a unit activity, you can count it as one of the Participates, Assists or Leads for your milestones.

Special interest areas (sias)

The Space to Dream challenge can also go towards your STEM SIA.

How to receive your badge

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To receive your Space to Dream badge, please present your certificate (which will be emailed to you after you submit your design online) to your Scout Leader before 17 October 2022.

Scout groups are encouraged to facilitate sessions with older Scouts guiding younger Scouts through the Challenge in small groups. Individual Groups have complete freedom in how this is done.

Ready to take the Challenge?


Your challenge is to design a toy or gadget for someone your age who is moving to Mars.

You will use the process of design thinking – used by the best designers and engineers all over the world – to help you come up with your finished design.

The Challenge website takes you through the basics of the design thinking process. As you work through the Challenge, a real astronaut will tell you about her experience in space and you can choose create your design using free 3D design tools from Makers Empire, or you can draw your design by hand onto the ‘MAKE IT!’ Design Sheet.

Start the Space to Dream Challenge here!


Please submit your Challenge Completion Form here by 30 September 2022 to meet the Challenge deadline.

The Commissioner will consider with each of your designs: (1) is it a good design? (2) did it make me feel something? This could be anything from a ‘wow’ to a ‘whoa’ to a smile. Top rated designs will be chosen for inclusion in the Space to Dream public exhibition. Selected designs will also feature in the Commissioner’s Virtual Gallery of Designs.


You will be sent a certificate by email when you submit your Challenge Completion Form.

Please forward this certificate to your Scout Leader so they can organise collection of your badge.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION: Create a challenging SIA project

Scout Leaders can collect the ‘speak Robot’ badge by emailing Digital Challenge Certificates through to

Badges will be sent direct to Leaders.

If you or your Leader requires further information about the ‘Space to Dream’ badges, please direct them to this website and/or ask them to contact:

Jose Bond
Member Support Officer – Retention
Scouts Australia (SA Branch)
211 Glen Osmond Road
SA 5063
Phone 08 8130 6000

In the case that you require additional assistance, please notify the Promoter at:


For more information

After learning about design thinking with the Space to Dream Challenge, scouts may wish to create a challenging SIA Project.

Ideas to get you started:

  • Run a competitive activity for other Scouts to guess the function of each other’s designs.
  • For static models, learn about scale and what the components are.
  • For wheel based models, have a working knowledge of gears, steering and suspension.
  • Construct a model of your design, make it functional and run tests on its efficiency and make changes to improve it.

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We respectfully acknowledge and celebrate the Traditional Owners of the lands throughout South Australia and we pay our respects to their Elders – and to past, present and future generations of their children and young people.

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