How To Earn A Chief Scout’s Award

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Scouting offers young people the chance to try many new things and to learn new skills. Our system of awarding badges recognises the efforts of young people, and rewards their success. The top awards for each section are the real culmination of those efforts, and young people achieving them is a great sign of a high quality, well-balanced Programme.

There is a specific Chief Scout’s Award  for each Scouting Section:  the Bronze Award is dedicated to Beavers, the Silver Award is for Cubs, the Gold Award is only for Scouts and the Explorers can choose between the Diamond and Platinum Chief Scout awards.

Beavers

To earn this award your child needs to complete all the challenge awards:

On top of earning all the 6 award badges your child will have to earn 4 badges chosen from all the activity or staged activity badges: these can be badges they gain outside of the normal meetings or ones they’ve achieved through the programme.

 

Cubs

To earn this award your child needs to earn 6 activity or staged activity badges of their choice (these can be badges they gain outside of the normal meetings or ones they’ve achieved through the programme) and finish the 7 challenge awards:

Scouts

To earn this award your child needs to earn 6 activity or staged activity badges (these can be badges they gain outside of the normal meetings or ones they’ve achieved through the programme) of their choice and finish all 

the 9 challenge awards:

 

Explorers

To earn the Chief Scout’s Platinum Award they must be a member of Explorer Scouts for at least six months, complete six nights away as an Explorer Scout of which four must be camping and complete two activities from the International, Community and Values list.

In addition they have to hold the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, or complete the 4 Platinum Scout Challenges:

  • take up a skill for three months, and show progress and lasting interest
  • take up a physical activity for three months, completing an agreed programme of taking part and achievement
  • provide service to an individual or the community for three months (this can include helping with another section as a Young Leader)
  • complete a two day and one night expedition in rural country by foot, cycle, horse, canoe, boat or dinghy. The expedition should involve careful preparation, training, responsibility and review

Members must undertake an extra three months in any of the skills, physical recreation or service challenges. Discover all the details about it here.

The Chief Scout’s Diamond Award is the highest of the Chief Scout’s Awards, and the final step before the Queen’s Scout Award. To gain the Chief Scout’s Diamond Award, members must complete the following:

  • Be a member of Explorer Scouts or the Scout Network or both for at least 12 months. This can include any time counted for the Chief Scout’s Platinum Award.
  • Complete 12 nights away as an Explorer Scout or member of the Scout Network, of which eight must be camping. This may include the nights counted for the Chief Scout’s Platinum Award. Nights away must be different from any other nights away used in the other sections of this award.
  • Complete four activities from the list of International, Community and Values activities. This should include at least one from each area of the list and can include the activities completed for the International, Community and Values list as part of the Chief Scout’s Platinum Award.
  • Hold the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award, or complete the four Diamond Challenges, which are:
  • Take up a skill for three or six months, and show progress and lasting interest. The skill can be an existing interest or something entirely new.
  • Take up a physical activity for three or six months, completing an agreed programme of taking part and achievement.
  • Provide service to an individual or the community for six months. Briefing and training should be given in order to gain the necessary skills. This many include helping with another section as a Young Leader or regularly helping at in the community at places such as a soup kitchen or animal shelter.
  • Complete a three day and two night expedition in rural or open country by foot, cycle, horse, canoe, boat or dinghy. The expedition should involve careful preparation, training, responsibility and review.

All Members should complete six months in either the physical activity or the skill. Discover all the details about it here.