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Arts Award

What is Arts Award?

Members of The Scout Association can deliver the Arts Award to members of all ages.  Across the country,  leaders have trained to deliver the Award and over 100 young people have achieved certificates.

Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents.  It is nationally recognised and a great achievement for their CV.  The award can be achieved at five levels, four nationally recognised qualifications and an introductory award:






To find out more about Arts Award levels and to view a film about the values and benefits of the award, visit the Arts Award website.

All Scout members up to the age of 25 can take part in Arts Award which encourages independent learning as well as teamwork skills. Arts Award is a portfolio based qualification and is flexible enough to ensure that young people of all abilities can achieve the awards. 

By taking part in Arts Award, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Network members will also achieve sections of a variety of badges.  Explorers and Network members  can also achieve Arts Award alongside the Duke of Edinburgh Award by specialising in arts skills.

Members can also take part in community impact activities through the arts whilst doing the Community Impact staged activity badges.  Arts Award’s guide to Creative Campaigning provides some useful inspiration for youth social action projects.

What leaders are saying:

1st Olney Scout Group took part in Arts Award during their weekly Scout programme. 19 Scouts achieved their Bronze Arts Award.  Read their story

Seventeen Cubs at 6th Chelmsford achieved their Discover Award:

“We did Arts Award Discover over the winter period when we do less outdoors stuff.  We did an arts walk around Chelmsford which we incorporated into the award.  The project allowed me to run the sessions in my own way which I enjoyed. My confidence has grown in the context of Cubs, so it has been brilliant.  For our group, it gave the children a much broader approach to activities. They really enjoyed the art and also the exploration of Chelmsford. It gave them confidence in their skills and also highlighted the uniformed organisations to partners in the wider community.”

Apryl Hammet, Occasional Helper, 6th Chelmsford Cubs

Find out more:

Find out how you can train to become an Arts Award adviser  so that you can deliver the qualifications in your section.

Alternatively, you can complete this short survey to register your interest so that Arts Award can schedule training events in your area for groups of leaders.

You can signpost the Arts Award Voice website to members in your section.  Arts Award Voice is an online magazine written by young people for young people, designed to help them make the most of their Arts Award.  They can contribute blogs, reviews and events to the site; sharing and commenting on work. The magazine also features interviews, articles, case studies and how to guides in an easy to use way - meaning they can research arts careers and the industry.


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