In Berkshire we aim to support all of our members to achieve their top awards, this page sets out the requirements for those awards and some of the support that is available. 

The Chief Scout’s Awards

The Chief Scout’s Bronze, Silver and Gold Award are the highest awards in the Beaver, Cub and Scout sections respectively.
To complete them you need to complete all of the challenge awards for that section, together with a set number (4 in Beavers, 6 in Cubs and Scouts) of activity or staged activity badges of your choice.
 
The Chief Scout’s Platinum and Diamond Awards are progressive, meaning you can achieve these as you work towards the Queen’s Scout Award. (The Platinum Award is only available to Explorers, while the Diamond Award is available to Explorers and Network members.)
 

Queen’s Scout Award

There are few challenges more prestigious than the Queen’s Scout Award – it’s the highest award available to young people in Scouting. This one really is a badge to wear with pride. You must be aged between 16 and 25 years old to complete the Queen’s Scout Award and be a member of Explorers or Scout Network for at least 18 months from the date you register.
 

Completing Scout and Duke of Edinburgh awards together 

The Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards are an almost perfect match with the Chief Scout’s Platinum, Chief Scout’s Diamond and Queen’s Scout Awards, with the challenges mirroring the sections of the DofE programme.

DofE Bronze (14+ years old) & Chief Scout’s Platinum Award

Volunteering Physical Skills Expedition
One section for 6 months and the other sections for 3 months

(plan, train for and complete) 2 days and 1 night

Chief Scout’s Platinum Award (14-18 year olds)
In addition to the above you need to:
- Be a member of Explorer Scouts for at least six months.
- Complete six nights away, four of which must be camping.
- Complete two activities from the Platinum International, Community and Values (ICV) list (each activity should be from a different area).
 
 

DofE Silver (15+ years old) & Chief Scout’s Diamond Award

Volunteering

Physical

Skills

Expedition

6 months*

One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months*

(plan, train for and complete) 3 days and 2 night

Chief Scout’s Diamond Award (14-25 year olds)
In addition to the above you need to:
- Be a member of Explorer Scouts/Scout Network for at least 12 months.
- Complete twelve nights away, eight of which must be camping. This may include the nights counted for the Chief Scout’s Platinum Award.
- Complete four activities from the Diamond ICV list. These can include activities from your Chief Scout’s Platinum Award and should include at least one from each area.

*(If you didn’t complete your Bronze DofE Award or your Chief Scout’s Platinum Award, you must undertake a further 6 months in a section for which you are already doing for 6 months. This will make one section a minimum of12 months.)
 
 

DofE Gold (16+ years old) & Queen’s Scout Award

Volunteering

Physical

Skills

Expedition

Residential

12 months*

One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months*

(plan, train for and complete) 4 days and 3 night

Take part in a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights

Queen’s Scout Award (16-25 year olds)
In addition to the above you need to:
- Be a member of Explorer Scouts/Scout Network for at least 18 months.
- Complete 18 nights away, 12 of which must be camping.
- Complete six activities from the QSA ICV list two from each area. This can include activities completed as part of the ICV list for the Chief Scout's Platinum or Chief Scout's Diamond Award. (So, if you have the Chief Scout’s Platinum Award you only need to complete four more activities, and if you have the Chief Scout’s Diamond Award you only need to complete two more activities.)
- As the final activity, give a presentation to a suitable audience, that covers all elements of your award.
 
*(If you haven’t completed your Silver DofE Award or your Chief Scout’s Diamond Award, you must undertake a further 6 months in a section you are already doing for 12 months. This will make one section a minimum of18 months.)
 
 
Overview of sections:

Volunteering

Physical

Skills

Expedition

Residential

This section aims to encourage service to individuals and to the community.

Volunteering is all about making a difference to other people’s lives. Perhaps you’re interested in animals or conservation? Or you might like to work with older people or raise money for a cause that means a lot to you?

It could include: helping with Cubs as a Young Leader, being a member of a campsite service crew, leading outdoor activities as an instructor as well as many other ideas.
Physical aims to encourage participation and improvement in physical activity.

It's a chance for you to focus on your health and fitness and have fun along the way. As long as you pick something that requires a sustained level of energy and physical activity, the possibilities are endless.

Improve your football, rock climbing or dance skills or try a completely new sport or activity. Join a team or do it on your own. You don’t have to be super fit or world class –it’s about setting your own challenges, giving 100% and being the very best you can be. 
Skill aims to encourage the development of practical and social skills and personal interests.

A skill is about discovering what you’re really good at. Maybe you want to get better at something you already do, like playing a musical instrument, or learn something for the very first time, like how to design a website? The activity you chose should allow you to show progression and sustained interest over a period of time.

By developing practical and social skills and nurturing your personal interests and talents, you’ll boost your self-esteem and your CV.
As part of a small team, you’ll plan and complete a practice and final expedition that will truly stretch your horizons and encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery.

You’ll improve your communication and leadership skills and take a rucksack full of memories home with you.

The adventurous journey should be in the countryside or on the water, by foot, cycle, horse, canoe, boat or dinghy. Whatever you decide to do, you’ll have an unforgettable experience getting to grips with the great outdoors.
The Residential (QSA and DofE Gold only) will broaden young people’s experiences through involvement with others in an unknown setting.

You can choose from a range of residential activities – from helping at a National Trust site in the UK to working with children in India.

You’ll spend five days and four nights taking part in a shared, worthwhile activity with people you’ve never met before. It will boost your independence and confidence and is a great way to leave a positive footprint on your life and other people’s.

ICV Ideas

Struggling for ideas to complete your ICV activities? See this document for suggestions!

 

Additional awards

Explorer Belt

The Explorer Belt is the challenge of a lifetime. It involves exploring another country, its culture, customs and way of life. You can take on the Challenge as an Explorer or as a Network Member. Explorer Scouts must complete the Explorer Belt by taking part in a centrally organised trip to ensure they have the support needed as you plan and complete your expedition.
 

Scouts of the World Award

The Scouts of the World Award (SOWA) is an 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 members to develop a range of skills from project management to planning a voluntary service. Many of these will benefit members both inside and out of Scouting. The experience will show that you can implement change and work to improve the lives or environment of other people.

 
 
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