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Scouts of the World Award

Scouts of the World Award

Scouts of the World Award is a Scout Network only award that gives Scout Network members the chance to undertake a project of their choice within the themes of Peace, Environment and Sustainability and take action on their chosen issue.

Through your Scouts of the World Award Journey, you will develop skills and knowledge that will empower you to undertake a project that will make an impact in your local, national or international community as well as develop your personal skills.

The award is delivered through a number of trainers across the UK, with counties delivering the discovery weekend locally with some support from UK Headquarters.

Requirements of the Scouts of the World Award

To gain this award you must:

•    Be aged 18 to 25 and a member of the Scout Network section.
•    Show your interest in achieving the award by logging in and joining the SOWA project on the Scout Network Website.
•    Attend a residential weekend Scouts of the World Discovery, based on one or more of the three themes: development, environment and peace.
•    With the support of your mentor, finalise your plans for your voluntary project based on the theme from your discovery weekend.
•    Undertake Scouts of the World voluntary service, either in the UK or abroad, lasting a minimum of 80 hours
•    Record and evaluate your experiences in the participant handbook
•    Undertake a presentation locally and report on what you have achieved during your Scouts of the World journey and how you have developed personally as well as the project deliverables.
•    Your ACC (Scout Network) will confirm that the award has been completed and notify headquarters via programme@scouts.org.uk, with your name, postal address and the ACC SN’s membership number

Additional information

Awards standards

The Scouts of the World Award is based on personal best effort rather than fixed standards, and should be available to all members of 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.


There are no fixed timescales for the award. You will need to complete the award by your 25th Birthday and cannot start before your 18th.
Although the length of time is specified for both the Discovery and the voluntary service, neither need to be completed in one go. For example, the Discovery could be completed over two or three weekends.

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 Links to other awards

Subject to approval, completing your SOWA may also count towards other awards including:
•    Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) – your Discovery or voluntary service could count towards the residential aspect of your DofE. Talk to your leader or DofE adviser for further details.
•    Queen’s Scout Award (QSA) – consult with your leader and bear in mind that the SOWA can only be used once within the award. This could be as one part of the international, community and values section, or the residential section.

The Scouts of the World Award criteria and minimum standards:

The outcome of SOWA for the participants is:
-    To play an active role as a global citizen in society
-    To advance on their personal development journey
-    To increase their understanding of global issues

14 hour’s Discovery weekend with additional hours of pre discovery activity (Handbook)

o    Participants should undertake some pre-course activities
o    This should include broadening their wider understanding of current global issues and trends and record their findings in the Scout Network Handbook
o    It is recommended that the discovery should take place over a weekend, however this can be delivered to Scout Network members through evenings and single days.

80 hour’s voluntary project as agreed with the mentor

o    Projects should be delivered within one of the three themes (Peace, Environment and Development)
o    ACC SN (Or equivalent) should be aware of the projects being agreed
o    Projects should follow the SMART technique, with clear project objectives, timescales and realistic deliverables.
o    Projects should have a real long term and sustainable impact on their local, national or international communities in which they are planning to deliver.

3 hours presentation, evaluation  and personal reflection

o    Scout Network members should deliver a presentation to a relevant audience. This could include the ACC (SN), ACC (I), ACC (ES), Explorer Scouts, Scout Network ect.
o    This presentation should not only evaluate the project objectives but also the Scout Network member’s personal journey through their award and how this has develop them.
o    The ACC (SN) or equivalent is responsible for the final sign off of the award.

The Scouts of the World Award is not just about ensuring the project meets it’s deliverables but also about the development of the skills, cultural awareness, knowledge and attitudes of the participants in becoming a global citizen. This is a Scout Network only award within the UK and must be completed before their 25th Birthday.


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