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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.

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.

REGISTRATION

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).

MEMBERSHIP

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

NIGHTS AWAY

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.

INTERNATIONAL, COMMUNITY & VALUES (ICV) LIST

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.

CHALLENGES

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).

Training:

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

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

Final:
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.

•    Residential
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.

PRESENTATION

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.

SIGN-OFF

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.

SUPPORT MATERIAL

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

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION...

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.

NIGHTS AWAY
Camping also includes other outdoor shelters, such as bivouacs and snow holes, often used in scouting activities.

MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENT

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 university exams.

MAKING THE AWARD ACCESSIBLE
Each  young  person  who  participates  in  the  Programme,  including  badges  and  awards,  should  face  a  similar  degree  of challenge, and requirements can be adapted according to each young person’s abilities.

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.  You can also email
programme@scouts.org.uk with specific queries.

 

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)



Flexibility

Each young person who participates in the Programme, including badges and awards, should face a similar degree of challenge, and requirements can be adapted according to each young person’s abilities.  For more information and practical tips see our guidance on flexibility



If you started working towards your Queen’s Scout Award before 1st January 2014, and will complete it before 31st December 2015, you can use the old award requirements.

Queen’s Scout Award requirements prior to January 1st 2014.

To gain the Queen's Scout Award you must complete the following:
Membership
Be aged between 16 and 25 years old and have been a member of Explorer Scouts or the Scout Network (or both) for at least 18 months. This can include time counted towards the Chief Scout’s Platinum or Diamond Awards.

Nights Away

Complete 18 nights away as an Explorer Scout or member of the Scout Network, of which 12 must be camping (this may include nights counted towards the Chief Scout’s Platinum or Diamond Awards). See the ‘Additional Information’ section for more information.

International, Environmental, Values List

Complete two activities from the International, Environmental and Values list. These should be different activities from the Chief Scout’s Platinum and Diamond Awards, and from two different areas. The old list can be found at the bottom of this page.

Challenges

Hold a Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award OR
Complete the 5 Queen’s Scout Award Challenges
•    Skill
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.
•    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 a 4-day and 3-night expedition in open or adventurous country by foot, cycle, horse, canoe, boat or dinghy. The expedition should involve careful preparation, training, responsibility and review.
•    Residential
Undertake a 5-day and 4-night residential project in an unfamiliar environment with people who are not known to you. This project could be environmental work, activity-based, service to others or personal training.

If for any reason someone has to drop out then it is not possible for a non-Member to take their place in the expedition.

Presentation

Make a presentation, to a suitable audience, of your achievements in working towards the Queen’s Scout Award.
All members should complete 12 months in either the skill or the physical activity challenges.
Explorer Scouts and members of the Scout Network who are not holders of a Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or the Chief Scout’s Diamond Award must complete an extra 6 months in either the service or the longer of the skills or physical recreation challenges.

Additional information:

Nights Away
Camping also includes using other outdoor shelters, such as bivouacs and snow holes.
Nights away can be counted if they take place: with other Explorer Scouts/ Scout Network members; while undertaking an award for Explorer Scouts/ Scout Network; or while completing an activity contributing directly to the section programme.
It also includes any nights away undertaken as a Young Leader/Adult volunteer with another section.

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 an Explorer Scout has completed the expedition element of their Chief Scout’s Platinum Award but not the rest of their award, they can begin the expedition section of the Chief Scout’s Diamond Award.

Award standards
The awards are based on personal best effort and not on fixed standards. Therefore, the quality of the personal effort is much more important than the quality of the content, which will vary according to ability, age and other factors.

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 university exams.

Special needs
If you have a special need it is best practice to make sure that your leader and Commissioner are aware of the situation so that they can support you in gaining the award in the way that is suitable for you.
Like the Chief Scout's Diamond Award, the Queen's Scout Award can be gained in either Explorer or Network Scouts, and should be achievable by all, no matter their physical or mental ability.

Pre-January 2014 IEV List

International

Complete your Explorer Belt.
Complete your International Friendship Award.
Take an active part in a project with an overseas aid organisation, such as UNESCO.
Take an active part in a camp in another country, for instance, a Jamboree or Moot.
Take an active part in an International Camp in the United Kingdom.
Take part in a project at a campsite abroad, for example, as part of a Euro-Steps project or Camp America.
Complete the Passport for Europe with your Unit.
Organise a series of programmes for your Unit on an international theme.
Organise a series of programmes for another Section on an international theme.
Complete any activity of a similar nature agreed beforehand with your leadership team.

Environment

Complete your Group Environment Badge.
Assist some Cub Scouts or Scouts in gaining their Global Conservation Activity Badge.
Take an active part in an environmental project with another organisation.
Take an active part in an environmental project in your local community.
Choose a current environmental issue to research, and then present your findings to your Unit.
Complete an environmental project and make a formal report of your findings.
Complete an environmental impact assessment of an activity the Unit is undertaking and act on your findings.
Organise a series of programmes for your Unit on an environmental theme.
Organise a series of programmes for another Section on an environmental theme.
Complete any activity of a similar nature agreed beforehand with your leadership team.

Values

Complete your Group Faith Badge.
Take a regular part in activities at your place of worship.
Take an active part in a project examining your own faith, for example a retreat.
Take an active part in a project examining a faith other than your own.
Plan and carry out an act of worship for your Unit or another group in Scouting.
Choose a current issue to research, such as health or crime, and then present your findings to your Unit.
Assist some Cub Scouts or Scouts in gaining their Faith Activity Badge.
Organise a series of programmes for your Unit on a values theme.
Organise a series of programmes for another Section on a values theme.
Complete any activity of a similar nature agreed beforehand with your leadership team.

 

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