Queen’s Scout Award

The Queen’s Scout Award (QSA) is the top achievement for Explorer Scouts and Scout Network members and comprises of a variety of activities to complete. The QSA is linked closely to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award and it is worth working on the two awards together.

The Queen’s Scout Award is for Explorer Scouts aged 16 and over, and Scout Network members. Participants have to be a member of the youth programme in order to complete a youth award.

The Gold DofE requirements are equivalent to the five Queen’s Scout Award Challenges (Service, Skill, Physical, Expedition and Residential). Individuals who have completed the Gold DofE therefore do not need to repeat these challenges in order to achieve their Queen’s Scout Award; however they will need to complete the additional Scouting specific requirements of the Queen’s Scout Award.

Individuals who have not completed their Chief Scout Diamond Award or their DofE Silver are required to complete an extra six months in either the Service or the longer of the Skills or Physical challenges.

Click here for support materials issued by HQ for the Queen’s Scout Award, including ideas for each part of the award.

For more information about the Queen’s Scout Award, the information on this website or the process, please contact the County QSA Coordinator by emailing, QSA@nullgmwscouts.org.uk.



Firstly, you should complete the online registration form below and download the QSA Log Book and Completition Form (link below).

QSA Log Book and Completion Form


Award participants must:
• Be aged 16  or older to start the award and complete the award before your 25th birthday
• Be a member of either Explorer Scouts or Scout Network (or a combination of both) for at least 18 months to complete the award
• Be a member of Explorer Scouts or Scout Network at the time you complete the award

This means members can only start working towards and count activities undertaken in achieving the QSA from their 16th Birthday. Activities and nights away completed in achievement of the Chief Scout Platinum and Diamond Awards can be counted towards the QSA.


Complete 18 nights away as an Explorer Scout or Scout Network member, of which at least 12 must be camping.

Nights  away  used for  this  requirement  must  be  different  from nights
away  undertaken  for  one  of  the  five challenge activities (such as expedition and residential) or those used for the ICV list, but can include those nights away used for the nights away requirement of the Chief Scout’s Platinum or Chief Scout’s Diamond Awards.

Nights  away  undertaken  as  an  Explorer  Scout  Young  Leader  or  by  Scout  Network  members  who  are  also  an  adult leader in Scouting may count towards this requirement, ie a night away with a Cub Pack where you volunteer.


Complete six activities in total, two from each topic area of the ICV activities list. Click here to view the ICV list for the QSA.  A minimum of two must be from the QSA ICV list and the others from any of the QSA, or Chief Scout Platinum or Diamond ICV lists.

If you have completed your Chief Scout’s Platinum Award, you will have already done two activities and will only need to do a further four activities.

If you have completed your Chief Scout’s Diamond Award, you will have already done four activities and will only need to do a further two activities.


Complete the five Queen’s Scout Award challenges or hold the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE).

Skill: Take up a skill for six or 12* months, and show progress and lasting interest. The skill can be an existing interest or something entirely new.

Physical Activity: Take up a physical activity for six or 12* months, completing an agreed programme by taking part and achieving your objectives.

Service: Provide service to an individual or the community for 12 months. Briefing and training should be given in order to gain the necessary skills. This may include helping with another section of the Movement as an Explorer Scout Young Leader or adult volunteer.

Expedition: Undertake training, a practice expedition and a four day, three night self-led final expedition (including a project). You should undertake training (to show you are ready to do your expedition, a practice expedition and then the final expedition).

Before you undertake any expedition you should demonstrate that you are competent in the following areas

  • First aid (covering First Response as a minimum) and emergency procedures
  • Risk assessment/health and safety
  • Navigation and route planning
  • Camp craft, equipment and hygiene
  • Food and cooking
  • Country, highway and water sports codes
  • Observation, recording and presentation
  • Team building
  • Proficiency in mode of travel

Undertake a minimum three-day, two-night (consecutive) self-led expedition in wild country by foot, cycle, horse, canoe, boat or dinghy.

Undertake a four-day, three-night (consecutive) self led expedition with an aim. The expedition should be completed in wild country by the same method used in your practice. Expeditions should have a minimum of eight hours of activity per day, of  which  at  least half must  be  journeying.  The  final  expedition  must  be  a  different  area  to the  practice  with  similar  conditions and ideally with the same team of people.

Undertake a five-day, four-night residential project in an unfamiliar environment with people that are unknown to you. This project could be environmental work, project based, service to others or personal training.

In exceptional circumstances this can be done over two consecutive  weekends as long as the activity is the same and the majority of  people are unknown to you.

*All members should complete 12 months in either the skill or the physical activity challenges.

Award participants who are not holders of the Chief Scout’s Diamond Award or Silver DofE must complete an extra six months in either the service or the longer of the skills or physical activity challenges.


Make a presentation covering all elements of your award to a suitable audience, with the aim of inspiring and motivating others to achieve the award. The presentation should be the final activity you complete.


Each  requirement  needs  to  be  signed  off  by  an  assessor,  this  is   someone  who  can  vouch  for  the  activities  you  have undertaken and provide some basic evidence (a short statement) about your participation. This is often your Explorer Leader or your  District  Scout  Network  Commissioner.  However,  assessors  can  be anyone  who  has  witnessed  the  activities  you  have undertaken for the specific requirement.

Once  you  have  completed  all  of  the  above  requirements,  a Commissioner  (appropriate to the section you  are a member of) must approve  your  award  as  complete. For more information, see the support material for this award.

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