The PPC Sprout movement is divided into two age groups, normalised to World One humans. Children join the Buds at age four; at age eight, they progress to the Sprouts, where they remain until age twelve.
Buds and Sprouts are organised into posies, each posy being led by a Bloom. Different posies may engage in joint activities at the discretion of their Blooms. During all activities, Buds and Sprouts should wear their full uniforms unless their Bloom states otherwise.
A Bloom may have assistants, depending on the size of the posy; these assistants will be designated with flower-derived words. By tradition, the first assistant is called Blossom; any further names are at the discretion of their Bloom.
The uniform consists of black trousers, a yellow shirt, and a black waistcoat onto which achievement badges may be sewn.
Due to the effects of age normalisation, achievement badges are shared across Buds and Sprouts; this allows children from fast-maturing species to continue their progress despite spending less time in each group, while still providing a challenge for slow-growing Buds.
Each badge is sponsored by a department or division of the PPC, and is split into three levels – Basic, Moderate, and Advanced. At the discretion of the departmental secretary or other assigned Sprout liaison, a child holding an Advanced badge may be given a personalised Super-Advanced project to complete. SA projects are often a prelude to a child beginning training for the department in question, when they reach the appropriate age.
A badge consists of the departmental flash patch surrounded by a broad coloured ring: bronze for Basic, silver for Moderate, gold for Advanced. A Super Advanced badge consists of a gold(ish) medal showing the departmental flash patch.
- Medical Department
- Basic: Take the First Aid course and demonstrate understanding of what is taught during it, by way of a practical demonstration.
- Moderate: Correctly diagnose a range of common injuries and diseases, in film footage or live patients. Describe appropriate treatment for each.
- Advanced: Research three of Medical’s ‘unusual patients’. Present a theory on the nature and cause of their ailments, referencing other examples, and detail the appropriate treatment. Perform a practical demonstration of the administration of the treatment in question.
- Department of Implausible Crossovers
- Basic: In a demonstration ‘crossover’ – such as the Miss Cam Courtyard made up to look like a story – find and identify all of the canonical elements.
- Moderate: Completed the Implausible Orienteering Course – a navigation exercise/treasure hunt conducted across the Multiverse, using a specially limited Remote Activator.
- Advanced: Read and report on three badfics identified by Intelligence as being Implausible Crossovers. Identify each point of implausability and explain what is wrong with it, and how – if at all – it could be resolved.
- Department of Geographical Aberrations
- Basic: Take and pass the DOGA fire safety course (AKA ‘Let’s Not Burn Down Rivendell Again’). This will include a requirement to safely burn down a specially-constructed building.
- Moderate: Draw a map of a canonical location of your choice, highlighting at least ten places where geographical aberrations could occur.
- Advanced: Having been dropped into a selected canon, determine your current location and navigate to another location which you will be informed of on arrival. This may constitute a multi-day excursion under supervision, but with no guidance.
- Department of Out-of-Character Hobbits
- Basic: Hug a hobbit! Because hobbits are adorable!
- Moderate: Hug two hobbits – at the same time!
- Advanced: The Advanced badge has been redacted. Agent Maly, I put you in charge of the Sprout movement on the understanding that you would take it seriously. ~The Authoritative Elanor. PS: I don’t think that’s even physically possible. ~tAE
- Blooms & Blossoms
- Badge Sponsors
- Jasmine Illian
- Luden Dioxond
- Ether Calinson
- Malcolm Hyrax
- Bella Illian
- Henry Robinson