Antibiotic Guardians

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats facing us today.

Why it is relevant to you: without effective antibiotics many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous. Setting broken bones, basic operations, even chemotherapy and animal health all rely on access to antibiotics that work.

What we need to do: To slow resistance we need to cut the unnecessary use of antibiotics. We invite our members to become Antibiotic Guardians.

Call to action: Complete the badge and Choose one simple pledge about how you’ll make better use of antibiotics and help save these vital medicines from becoming obsolete.  Young people and adults alike are encouraged to make a promise and become antibiotic guardians.

More information on Antibiotic Guardians can be found at

This provides an excellent opportunity where members of the county can have a major impact on global health by acting locally as part of our Community Impact agenda, it is what we do! It is what we have always done, look after others!

Antibiotic Guardian Badge

To earn this badge and become a Junior Antibiotic Guardian; you need to showcase your knowledge of Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistance. The badge concept was developed for WHO’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week and European Antibiotic Awareness Day in November of each year.

All resources and additional links are available on the West Lancs Scouts Antibiotic Guardians Facebook Page.  We encourage sections to upload materials produced whilst completing the badge to the facebook page for all to see.

Activities and resources for Beavers and Cubs are available from this e-Bug pack for KS1&2 available on the scheme web page.
Junior Pack Complete (420 downloads)

Activities and resources for Scouts and Explorers are available from this e-Bug pack for KS3&4 available on the scheme web page.
Senior Pack Complete (350 downloads)


In addition to the Facebook page, we have  a small team of clinical professionals involved in Scouting who are able to provide advice.  The team can be contacted by email  Further professional advice is available from Public Health England  North West.


The badge can be earned by completing one activity from each of the four areas below.

1: Learn about different bugs from the e-Bug Pack

2: Carry out an e-Bug Game or debate from the e-Bug Pack

3: Produce either a poster, powerpoint or video showcasing your knowledge on Antibiotics and Antibiotic resistance. Use resources below and those available on the internet to gather information for your piece of work. Once you have completed your research and poster/presentation/video, upload it as badge evidence. The title of your poster, presentation or video should be” I am a junior Antibiotic Guardian”

4: Finally join over 44,000 adults by choosing one of the promises below (or write your own agreed with your leader) of how you can help do your part in the fight against antibiotic resistance (choose any one or two promises that you want to try and keep). Copy and paste the one or two promises into the box below If you would like to; you can also produce a video of you reading out your promise starting by saying “I am a junior Antibiotic Guardian and I promise to……”

Upload this evidence as text or video to the facebook page.

5: Young People to showcase the work on the site to gain a digital badge and adult to register at

Junior Antibiotic promises

  1. I will Sing the ABC song when washing my hands with soap and water. Washing hands properly (at least 30 seconds), especially before eating, is the single best way to prevent the spread of bad germs and keep you and your family healthy
  2. If I am prescribed antibiotics, I will ensure they are taken exactly as prescribed and never share them with others
  3. I will wash my hands with soap and water after touching or handling my pets
  4. I will tell my parents/carers and teachers about Antibiotic Guardian and ask them to choose a promise too

To find out more about the adult promises (pledges) visit the Antibiotic Guardian website:

Junior-Antibiotic-Guardian-Badge-WLS.pdf (396 downloads)

For more information, please e-mail:

4 thoughts on “Antibiotic Guardians

  • 4th July 2017 at 9:27 am

    Can I ask if this is available to other Scout groups ? I am an ASL for 6th Cheadle Hulme Scouts and also a Health Protection Nurse and would like to roll this out in our group and introduce it to the district if able to

    • 11th November 2017 at 8:44 am

      Hi Sarah,
      We are happy for the badge to be used in other areas. All we ask is that you credit us by saying ‘based on West Lancs Scouts Badge or similar and should you choose to source badges another way that you inform us how many are completing the award so that we can notify PHE who are monitoring the project after giving us some money for the initial badge purchase. Badges are available and can be ordered by contacting

  • 8th November 2017 at 11:40 am

    is the badge available through the scout network?

    • 11th November 2017 at 8:45 am

      Hi Alison,
      This badge is open to any member of Scouting. Badges are available and can be ordered by contacting


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