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Scouts of the World Award

The Scouts of the World Award (SOWA) is an international award shared with over 50 National Scout Associations.

In the UK it's only available to Scout Network members, with the aim of encouraging you to develop and support society, locally or globally. SOWA is provided and supported by UK headquarters, but is managed and delivered by a national Scout Active Support Unit.

SOWA enables you to develop a range of skills from project management to planning an international trip. Many of these will benefit you both inside and out of Scouting. The experience will show you that you can implement change and work to improve the lives or environment of other people.

Requirements of the Scouts of the World Award

To gain this award you must:

Additional information

Awards standards

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

Special needs

If you have any additional needs, you should talk them through with your mentor, leader and/or Commissioner so that they can support you in gaining the award in a way that is suitable for you.


It is recommended that the planning stage of the award lasts no longer than six months.

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.

Links to other awards

Subject to approval, completing your SOWA may also count towards other awards including:

Further resources

Support materials for the Scouts of the World Award


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