Queen’s Scout Award
These requirements apply to anyone starting working towards their Queen’s Scout Award from 1 January 2014, and anyone who will complete their Award after 1 September 2015. Recent amends to the transition period regarding timescales and backdating activities can be found here.
A comparison table showing the old and new requirements for the award can be found here.
To gain the award you must complete all of the following requirements before your 25th birthday.
Register your intention to complete the Award here.
Activities (including the membership requirement) can count towards the award from the date of registration and back dated up to a maximum of 3 months (but not before your 16th birthday).
Award participants must:
• Be aged between 16 and 25 years old
• Be a member of Explorer Scouts or Scout Network (or both) for at least 18 months
• Be a member of Explorer Scouts or Scout Network at the time you complete the award
Complete 18 nights away with Scouting, of which 12 must be camping.
INTERNATIONAL, ENVIRONMENT & VALUES (IEV) LIST
Complete six activities, two from each topic area. Click here to view the IEV list.
If you have the Chief Scout’s Platinum Award you only need to complete four activities, and if you have the Chief Scout’s Diamond Award you only need to complete two. These should be different from the ones already completed for the other awards.
Complete the five Queen’s Scout Award challenges or hold the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE).
Take up a skill for 6 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 6 or 12* months, completing an agreed programme by taking part and achieving your objectives.
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.
Show that you are competent in the following areas:
– First aid 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 of 3 days and 2 nights (consecutive) expedition in wild country by foot, cycle, horse, canoe, boat or dinghy.
Undertake a 4-day and 3-night (consecutive) qualifying expedition with an aim in wild country by the method used in your practice.
Undertake a 5 day and 4 night residential project in an unfamiliar environment where the majority of people are not known to you. This project could be environmental work, activity based, service to others or personal training. In exceptional circumstances, the residential can be done on 2 occasions, as long as the same activity is completed.
*All members should complete 12 months in either the skill or the physical activity challenges.
Award participants who are not holders of a Chief Scout’s Diamond Award or Silver DofE must complete an extra 6 months in either the service or the longer of the skills or physical recreation 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.
Once you have completed all of the above requirements, your commissioner needs to approve the award.
Approval by the mentor or person signing off the award should be given prior to each element being undertaken. If you are unsure about whether an activity is appropriate, ask the commissioner who will sign off your award as completed.
Camping also includes other outdoor shelters, such as bivouacs and snow holes, often used in scouting activities.
Nights away achieved through activities as part of the QSA or Chief Scout’s Awards including the practice and final expedition, residential experience or anything else achieved in completion of an IEV requirement are excluded.
It also includes any nights away undertaken as a Young Leader/Adult volunteer with another section.
In order to meet the membership requirement for this award you must be an Explorer Scout or Scout Network member at the time that you register for the award, for at least 18 months from this date, and at the time you complete the award.
Ideally you should be a member throughout the period from registration to completion of the award. However, it is accepted that you may take a break from working towards the award (for example if moving to go to university) and restart it at a later date. In this circumstance you could also have a break in your membership (but any activities undertaken during this time cannot count towards your award).
It is important to note that the completion of the award is defined as the time the final requirement (the presentation) is signed off. If you are aged 18 or over on this date you must be a Network member, and your form must be signed off by the County Scout Network Commissioner. This is the case even if you completed the majority of the award while an Explorer Scout.
WORKING FOR MORE THAN ONE AWARD AT A TIME
An award does not have to be completed before activities can count for the next award. For example, if you have completed the expedition element of your Chief Scout’s Diamond Award but not the rest of the award, you can begin the expedition section of the Queen’s Scout Award as long as you are over the age of 16 and have registered for the Queen’s Scout Award.
CHALLENGES – TIME COMMITMENT
The minimum time requirements for each section are expressed in months, during which you need to undertake a regular commitment averaging at least an hour a week.
TAKING A BREAK OR CHANGING ACTIVITIES
If you want to change activities during an award, this is possible, although on one occasion only. It is also possible to take a break from an activity and then to restart from where you stopped.
This could happen during a period of school, college or
MAKING THE AWARD ACCESSIBLE
The Queen’s Scout Award is based on personal best effort rather than fixed standards, and should be available to all members of Explorer Scouts and the Scout Network. This may mean that for some individuals, the requirements of the award need to be adapted to ensure that they face the same degree of challenge as other participants.
Where additional needs have to be taken into account, it is acceptable to adjust some of the activities to make them more accessible. You should work with your mentor to discuss any adaptations, and make sure that any adaptations have been approved by the commissioner who will sign off your award. As every set of individual circumstances will be different, it is left to the discretion of the relevant commissioner to make any adaptations to the activities, including the expedition requirement.
For more information on how to include someone with additional needs in Scouting, visit scouts.org.uk/diversity. There is lots of information, including the factsheet Successfully Including Scouts with Special Needs (FS250061). You can also email
firstname.lastname@example.org with specific queries.
It is strongly recommended that you read the available support materials before starting to work towards your award to make sure you fully understand what you need to do. The materials provide more advice and guidance on the award requirements, as well as some ideas for what you could do to meet them.
Support Material for the Queen’s Scout Award
THE QUEEN’S SCOUT WORKING PARTY (QSWP)
The QSWP is a national Scout Active Support Unit and membership only open to those who have gained their Queen’s Scout Award. More information about the QSWP and how to join can be found on their website.
The Queen’s Scout Working Party website (external link)